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Bonner Bridge Pier opens to public on Friday



By: lowtide
10/1/2021 10:52 AM

I am supportive of the two rod maximum per angler on the pier......I wish it was a regulation on the beach. Fish Fish

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By: troutslayer
10/1/2021 11:53 AM

I'm pretty stoked for this. I do wonder about the 2 rod rule...do they mean only 2 lines in the water, or literally 2 rods per angler, even if the lines aren't in the water. I generally carry 4, but only fish 1 at a time since I throw artificial lures mostly.

The rules also suggest underhand casts only. That ain't gonna happen for sure.

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By: Mstaszew
10/1/2021 1:28 PM

I'm pretty stoked for this. I do wonder about the 2 rod rule...do they mean only 2 lines in the water, or literally 2 rods per angler, even if the lines aren't in the water. I generally carry 4, but only fish 1 at a time since I throw artificial lures mostly.

The rules also suggest underhand casts only. That ain't gonna happen for sure.

troutslayer


The article has a 1+ hour video from today's opening. Start watching at 8:10 and you'll see a dude overhand cast and he has a pier cart with 4 rods in addition to the one he's holding. Laughing smiley There were some park staff there as well so I'm assuming they don't care too much.

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By: lowtide
10/1/2021 4:33 PM

I'm pretty stoked for this. I do wonder about the 2 rod rule...do they mean only 2 lines in the water, or literally 2 rods per angler, even if the lines aren't in the water. I generally carry 4, but only fish 1 at a time since I throw artificial lures mostly.

The rules also suggest underhand casts only. That ain't gonna happen for sure.

troutslayer



Prohibited: "Fishing with more than two rods per angler." I would think a rod with the line out of the water is not considered fishing. But your guess is as good as mine, I am only right about half the time.......



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By: troutslayer
10/4/2021 4:22 PM

I always hear how strong the current is there, but I mainly throw artificial lures so it isn't as much of a concern. I just wonder how stout the gear needs to be, and how heavy the weights when bottom or sheepshead fishing. For example, I don't ever need to go over 3/4 oz (that's 0.75...not 3 to 4) for sheeps in other spots, but many go overkill, in my opinion.

Nothing irks me more than guys showing up at the little bridge with surf rods, throwing fishbites on 3 oz sinkers, when 3/16 oz holds just fine.

I'm assuming this spot is different...but I bet most will still overdo it on the weights.

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By: Alexy
10/4/2021 6:53 PM

If you go by NDMF rules it would be 2 lines IN the water. Piers count any rod on the rail as IN USE if it is in the middle on the rack they do not count it. I would also think the traditional rules rules for the end of the pier fishing would apply to the end the bridge.

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By: Bentmtn
10/4/2021 10:18 PM

If you go by NDMF rules it would be 2 lines IN the water. Piers count any rod on the rail as IN USE if it is in the middle on the rack they do not count it. I would also think the traditional rules rules for the end of the pier fishing would apply to the end the bridge.

Alexy


Drove by it today and it was packed with fishermen! Alexy has some good advice on this new fishing area!!

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By: ultrahog99
10/4/2021 11:32 PM

I drove by it last night. Take a flashlight.

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By: Jighead
10/5/2021 5:57 PM

Went by yesterday by boat and it was not overly crowded. Nice to see it open.

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By: Md.Chas
10/18/2021 11:56 AM

Has anyone fished the Bridge Pier yet? If so, how did you do?

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By: Mstaszew
10/18/2021 5:52 PM

Has anyone fished the Bridge Pier yet? If so, how did you do?

Md.Chas


My dad and I went there today for an hour during the last 2 hours of falling tide. The current was ripping! We caught a bunch of very small sea bass and pinfish. Everyone else was doing the same. We ended up at Jennettes and saw an upper 40’s (inches) drum caught. Fishing there was slow as well, but my dad got a couple of 12” sheepshead. I might give the bonner pier another visit in the future and if it’s much of the same I won’t return. The concrete remnants of the supports are massive, too. Despite its length there are only short windows of fishable space because you need to be between the old columns in order to land anything.

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By: Mstaszew
10/18/2021 5:56 PM

This is the drum at Jennettes today about 12:40. I wish it were mine! I had my big gear out, but no looks.



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By: hookedonfishing
10/26/2021 10:00 PM

Any reports from bonner

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By: Staggerlee
10/27/2021 3:38 PM

I was there 3 weeks ago and caught nothing.

Nice facility though. Good move by the powers that be.

They ain't kidding about those currents.

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By: Spearo#1
11/15/2021 10:55 AM

I'm pretty stoked for this. I do wonder about the 2 rod rule...do they mean only 2 lines in the water, or literally 2 rods per angler, even if the lines aren't in the water. I generally carry 4, but only fish 1 at a time since I throw artificial lures mostly.

The rules also suggest underhand casts only. That ain't gonna happen for sure.

troutslayer



Prohibited: "Fishing with more than two rods per angler." I would think a rod with the line out of the water is not considered fishing. But your guess is as good as mine, I am only right about half the time.......

lowtide


They forgot to mention to pick up and put all the trash in the trash container. There is a very lg. trash container on the parking lot also. PLEASE KEEP THE AREA CLEAN, it all ends up in the water sooner or later.

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By: Pickle
11/17/2021 8:14 AM

Suggestion: For very Basic Bottom Fishing, Slack Water (High preferably) is best. Close to Pilings will help. Naturally there will be people fishing live bait, working lures etc.

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By: troutslayer
11/17/2021 9:09 AM

We'll see how it goes...I will be in OBX tomorrow, hitting up all my usual spots, but plan to give Bonner bridge a try.

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