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February 27, 2012

Striper Road Trip

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

Montauk, New York

Defined by it’s algae-covered glacial boulder-field coastline, Montauk, or The End, where Long Island juts into the Atlantic Ocean, attracts hordes of striper addicts clamoring for their striper fix. Swirling rip currents around the boulder fields magnetize plenty of forage and striper schools to the area, making it a solid attack point. Historically, Montauk has been a destination for serious striper fishermen to visit at least once in their career, so it’s affectionately known as The Mecca. This is a surf-caster’s paradise, as striper grounds are literally a cast away from anglers’ feet, though boats can come in close enough to hug the shore and fish the boulder structure as well.

Trip Planner

Hot Spots: Browns, Lighthouse Rocks, Turtle Cove, Shagwong.

Top Techniques: Surf-casting with needlefish 1, swimmers 2 and poppers 3; bucktailing.

Essentials: 1- to 4-ounce bucktails 4 tipped with pork rind, corkers, 11- to 12-foot surf rod, ZeeBaas 5 or Van Staal reel, waders, sure footing.

Capt. Paul Bruno / Elizabeth II
Capt. Barry Kohlus / Venture