We know you know how to catch these fish, but we couldn't resist putting up a techniques page. Garbage fish workshop forthcoming, for now - follow these simple guidelines when targeting trash fish.
Go fishing for any of your favorite bottom fish, ie. Fluke, Sea Bass, Tog, Halibut, etc. and you are bound to find the elusive species for which this website is dedicated.
Like many of our warmer weather bottom game fish, species such as Sea Robin, Dogfish and Skate follow many of the same migratory patterns - that is to say - they'll move into deeper, warmer waters come winter and start sliding back inshore as the mercury climbs. However, a nice chunk of the dogfish biomass can be found hanging around inshore throughout the winter and although they aren't as agressive and you are probably less inclined to pull an all nighter in February trying to catch a doggy off the beach, they can be caught throughout the cold months.
Everyone knows that you'll find garbage fish will take almost everything but I've found more consistent catches of searobin on simpler rigs. They are opportune feeders so present something tasty and you are putting delicious bird meat on the boat. But, as with Fluke, it's often where you are and not just what you are serving. For those fishing out of Barnegat Inlet, last year we did very well with Searobins fishing the various structures just north and northeast of the inlet. Like many other fish, current/tide, water temperature and structure can have an impact on your success so keep all that in mind.