On the other hand, pro angler Zeno Hromin says wooden sinking poppers are more realistic. “Few natural baits actually sit on the surface: They come up, make a little commotion, then sink.” Thus wooden poppers worked correctly imitate the real thing effectively. Hromin also points out that in rough surf, floating poppers tend to bounce around on the surface, whereas sinkers hold position better.
Without a doubt, poppers really work wonders around structure. And they can be all-out fun to use because surface strikes are just awesome. So give them a try next time you come across fishy structure.
Poppers for Stripers
Working a popper across those areas likely to hold fish can be hugely productive, and it offers a powerful strategy even when feeding fish are not visible. Look for seams in the current or other areas where stripers are likely to wait in ambush in the lee of structure or a drop-off where bait is likely to get swept over, and work the popper there.
Popping for stripers
Year-round; spring and fall tend to be the best
From North Carolina to Maine
Chesapeake Bay: Capt. Richie Gains
New Jersey: Capt. Gene Quigley
New York: Capt. Frank Crescitellil
Connecticut: Capt. Blain Anderson
Rhode Island: Capt. Greg Snow
Cape Cod: Capt. Terry Nugent