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February 27, 2012

Striper Road Trip

A look at five northeast fishing hot spots for the spring striped bass run

New Jersey Shore

The spring run off New Jersey’s coast the last five years has been nothing less than legendary, with daily individual scores of 30-pounders a virtual guarantee and a 40-pound-plus fish almost a lock. Dozens of 50-pound or larger fish are boated every spring as large bunker schools amass, attracting the big bass and keeping them rooted. Jetty country, north of Manasquan Inlet, has been a main playground for lunker bass in recent years, though the stretch from Island Beach State Park down through Long Beach Island holds promise too. Bass pin bunker schools inside Raritan Bay, and Delaware Bay is the prime time spot to intercept bass spawning in the Delaware River. Tip to tip, Jersey rules.

Trip Planner

Hot Spots: Asbury Park, Manasquan Inlet, Sandy Hook, Delaware Bay, Cape May rips.

Top Techniques:
Live-lining bunker, jigging rubber shads 1, trolling bunker spoons 2 and shad umbrella rigs.

Bunker snag rigs 3, cast net, 9/0 circle hooks, fluorocarbon leader 4, pork-roll sandwich for breakfast.

Capt. Mickey Melchiondo / Archangel
Capt. Ken Gallop / Big Kid
Shore Catch Guide Service