The striped bass is also commonly referred to as the striper. Striper fishing is done all year, but a well populated location tends to vary based on the season. Striped bass success will improve in warmer waters and in mid-spring. Fish that winter in the bay will begin moving upstream to fresh water in order to spawn. Large striper fishing takes place at the coast. Surf fishing is a popular striper fishing technique. Each year, hundreds of people flock to the coast in search of large striped bass. In these areas it’s pretty common to see fifteen to twenty pound fish.
Surf striper fishing involves wading out into the surf and casting beyond the sandbar. This type of fishing is usually done with cut or live bait, so after the fisherman has casted, they will need to bring their rod back to the shore, placing it in a holder and sticking around to wait for a bite. Many fishing supply stores will sell this type of specific setup, which is referred to as surf fishing combos. This consists of a long rod and spinning reel with twenty-five pound test line.
If you’re using cut or live bait, you should purchase pre-made leaders that are available at most tackle supply shops. Purchase a model that features double hook snaps for an extra advantage. Use a model that’s specifically designed for sandy bottoms, such as a pyramid style sinker.
One of the best baits to use for this type of bass is bunker chunks. Bunker needs to be cut into chunks, using all of the meat with the exception of the tail. Be sure to use the head, which will attract much bigger bass.
Clams are also an excellent option. When the surf is rough, the clams will get stirred up, so the bass will come searching for them. Experts recommend using circle hooks for easy baiting and also because you’ll be less likely to gut a fish.
In the spring, blood worms are usually the bait of choice. You can find this type of worm near the shore, which is where the water first warms up this time of year and where the bass hunt for them.
Berkley and Fishbites have recently come out with scented soft plastic baits that work by slowing oozing bait odor into the water. They come in a variety of flavors including blood worms and clam. Users report very good results from using this type of artificial bait. Just never leave this type of artificial bait on your hook once you’re done fishing, otherwise it will dry out and become as hard as a rock.