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Best Bait choices for Striped Bass

post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 
Out of your own personnal experience fishing, what would you say would be the best type of bait to catch striped bass? Thanks for answering.
post #2 of 44
Right now it would be hard to beat live bunker
post #3 of 44
Live bunker, fresh bunker chunks and fresh out of the shell clams in that order.
post #4 of 44
live bunker, hickory shad, eel, but----if you are looking for a COW, live scup
post #5 of 44
Ah, this reminds me of the old days when instead of politics we argued about whether it was cool to call live eels "bait."

Eels rule fer bait.
post #6 of 44
i like chunk mackrel
post #7 of 44
Hard to beat eels
post #8 of 44
anchovies and pile worms out here in the west.
post #9 of 44
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Originally Posted by wstcoastcastn
anchovies and pile worms out here in the west.


"PILE WORMS". Sounds like a medical problem to me.
post #10 of 44
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Originally Posted by Diamondwrapper
"PILE WORMS". Sounds like a medical problem to me.







LIVE MACKS
post #11 of 44
Fresh Clams from the surf work for me...
post #12 of 44
IMO, it really depends on the conditions at hand. You'll hear the term "Match the hatch" alot.

In the early spring, before bunker arrive, claims and worms are a great choice. The bass are still sluggish because the water is cold and they don't have much energy cause they haven't really eaten much all winter, so they are looking for an easy meal that they don't have to expend a lot of energy.

One the bunker arrive, I think you'll find that most will agree that live bunker is probably your best choice for a big fish, second would be fresh chunked bunker, then frozen. This will hold true throughout the summer into fall.

After a good Northeaster, clams on the beach is a good choice because the surf action has broken up clams, and the bass will be there to gorge themselves on the remains.
post #13 of 44
Don't overlook sandeels...especially fresh where you can find them.
post #14 of 44
Gamedyl,
Forget the bait! What makes striped bass so fun to catch is that they are willing to hit many types of fishing lures. What is probably the most enjoyable is when you can get them to hit surface lures. Some types would be pencil poppers. metal lip swimmers of many different types, Bombers, and all sorts of other types of lures. Check through the site, look at the on-line store to see what SOL sells to us crazy fishermen. Go into the lure building forum, the guys there are like a bunch of third graders with toys.
post #15 of 44
on where ya fish. Where I live it's clams or mackerel in the back bays, eels in the rips and bunker and some clam when chunking.
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