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3 Deadly Bait Rigs For Stripers

3 Deadly Bait Rigs For Stripers
I never understood bird watching until I started striper fishing. Nowadays seeing birds gets me more excited than ever. Where there is concentrated bait there will be birds. When surfcasting, scan the beach for signs of diving birds and get there€¦ fast. Friends along the Jersey Shore used to refer to me as the 'Hoboken Express, ' because I was living in the congested North-Jersey town and when I saw birds in the distance, I'd take off running. I'm not sure what they found more amusing: that someone could live in Hoboken and love the surf, or the sight of me wobbling down the shore, my plug bag flopping at my side. It didn't matter; by the time they were making wisecracks I was flinging a bucktail into a blitz. Relying on a bird blitz to find fish isn't going to make you consistently successful, but ignoring diving birds will ensure that you're not. Pay attention to the species as well. If you're a fisherman, you've heard the adage: 'Bigger bait for bigger fish. ' The same is true of birds. Smaller birds, like terns and gulls will be diving on smaller bait and you should choose your lure accordingly. Throw a lure that imitates bait like silversides or sand eels. Larger birds will be targeting bigger bait, like menhaden. There were plenty of birds working bait from above when this 40-pound bass decided to chew in North Jersey.

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers. Here's how to use the proper rigs to present your baits correctly.

Now that spring is just around the corner, it's time for surfcasters and boating anglers alike to get out the gear and start looking for the king of the surf: striped bass. Striped bass fishing during the early spring season is by and large a bait-fisherman's time to shine.

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