Striper Road Trip

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Striped bass make their spring run up the East Coast, hitting spots like Chesapeake Bay, New Jersey, Montauk, Block Island and Cape Cod along the way. Varied techniques of bucktailing, livelining bunker and eels, surfcasting with plugs and poppers, trolling spoons and shad bar rigs, and jigging metal lures all lay claim to catching and hooking big striped bass. PHOTO: Behemoth bass line Jersey's shores during the Spring Run.Nick Honachefsky
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Netting bass for a quick release.Nick Honachefsky
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A livewell full of live bunker will insure the hits keep on coming.Nick Honachefsky
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All live bait should be used with circle hooks to prevent gut-hooked fish.Nick Honachefsky
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Salt Water Sportsman Field Editor Al Ristori hoists a Barnegat Bay striper.Nick Honachefsky
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Many rockhoppers in Montauk hit the night shift to cast needlefish plugs for quality stripers.Nick Honachefsky
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A stout rod provides plenty of backbone to muscle in larger stripers.Nick Honachefsky
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The telltale markings of "Ol' Linesider".Nick Honachefsky
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Bass that are strained from the battle may need some time to recover before swimming away.Nick Honachefsky
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Angler Austin Perilli used light tackle to score this Brooklyn-area bass.Nick Honachefsky
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A bunker spoon's perfect wobble has an action striper's cannot resist.Nick Honachefsky
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An early morning's catch of limits during the spring run.Nick Honachefsky