Striper Road Trip

striper road trip_01.jpg
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
striper road trip_02.jpg
Netting bass for a quick release. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_03.jpg
A livewell full of live bunker will insure the hits keep on coming. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_04.jpg
All live bait should be used with circle hooks to prevent gut-hooked fish. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_05.jpg
Salt Water Sportsman Field Editor Al Ristori hoists a Barnegat Bay striper. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_06.jpg
Many rockhoppers in Montauk hit the night shift to cast needlefish plugs for quality stripers. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_07.jpg
A stout rod provides plenty of backbone to muscle in larger stripers. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_08.jpg
The telltale markings of “Ol’ Linesider”. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_09.jpg
Bass that are strained from the battle may need some time to recover before swimming away. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_10.jpg
Angler Austin Perilli used light tackle to score this Brooklyn-area bass. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_11.jpg
A bunker spoon’s perfect wobble has an action striper’s cannot resist. Nick Honachefsky
striper road trip_12.jpg
An early morning’s catch of limits during the spring run. Nick Honachefsky

Email Newsletters and Special Offers

Sign up for Salt Water Sportsman emails to receive news of the latest techniques for big and small game fishing and the hottest fishing destinations as well as special offers on behalf of Salt Water Sportsman’s partners.

By signing up you agree to receive communications from Salt Water Sportsman and select partners in accordance with our Privacy Policy. You may opt out of email messages/withdraw consent at any time.

More Photos