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Best Surf Fishing Striper Bait?!?!

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
What do you guys find to be the most successful surf fishing striper bait? I'm from brooklyn and I go to floyd bennet a lot in jamaica bay by the marine parkway bridge. I've heard clams, squid, everything. What works for you guys??
post #2 of 39
Bait!!! Bait!!! Oh No another one goes over to the DARK SIDE!
post #3 of 39
i dont think its too late 2 save him, but we have to hurry lol....
Bunker
post #4 of 39
Clams early season. Once the bunker come around your way, snag & drop, or cut up to use in strategic spots. Then once other bait arrives, you generally try to match the profile.

So right now bait would be the most logical choice, but in a month or so, you get to take off the training wheels and try your luck with plugs. They are the true test of how your fishing skills have progressed.

If you stay with bait forever, you will never be one with the force, Luke. good luck - Dark
post #5 of 39
I agree clams are the way to go until bunker show up. Its much easier handling clams than bunker.
post #6 of 39
What are these? a brand name? are they good for the surf any info would be appreciated Thanks
post #7 of 39
storms:



they're great -- though you dont necessarily need to buy the storm brand. basically any paddle tail soft jig that is of an appropriate color and size (deemed by the fish of course) will work
post #8 of 39
clams stink something aweful....
post #9 of 39
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Originally Posted by SteveC View Post
clams stink something aweful....

You are dating the wrong women
I bring a clam knife to the beach and open my own skimmers when they wash up.
Fresh and you don't have to carry them with you.
Why are the clams you get stinking?
I can freeze and thaw them a couple of times before they get ripe, but I know what you mean.
post #10 of 39
Most productive bait for myself is salted clams and fresh cut bunker chunks.
post #11 of 39
Not a white bucket carrier myself,BUT you might start out with worms the early part of the season,switch to clams and then towards fall switch to cut bunker with the head as the prime piece.
post #12 of 39
Stripers will eat almost anything. But they are often fussy about their diet, eating only what's prevalent, and ignoring everything else.

In the Spring, there is very little bait in the water, and those hungry stripers have red noses from rooting on the bottom. They are eating clam spat and seaworms. They will not look up. This makes a surface lure a poor proposition. Rubber shads or bucktails rule in the Spring. Clams are a good choice, especially when the beach is lined with them after a storm. SANDWORMS often do better IF it hasn't been stormy. A 2/0 baitholder hook, (BRONZE) with a 3 way swivel and a heavy weight is a good way to go. (The fish get your worm on the first strike, and often the heavy weight does the hooking for you ...save the fishfinder rig for cut bait.)

Once the bunker arrive, THEY are the bait of choice. If you can't get to a B&T, go to the fish store and buy herring or mackeral.

After a while, when you want a bit more sport, you might try fooling the fish with a bit of plastic, or a piece of tin. If you're releasing, you get less gut-hooked fish that way. I find it easier to be active, rather than waiting for a bite. Hold your rod in your hand, do not spike it! You have NO IDEA how often your bait is being mouthed and spit out when the rod is in the spike. A technique that has worked for me in baitfishing is to immediately throw some slack when I feel a nibble. Then I watch the belly in the line as it disappears. If it is slow, I will throw more slack until it speeds up, or is about to get too far away for an effective hookset. Fish that are lip hooked fight better than fish with a hook in their belly.

Take it for what it's worth, but I have been fishing a long time. As I look back over the years, every single fish that was memorable, was caught on artificial. (OK, eel's are a "living lure", so they don't count as bait!)

Eels are a good crossover. Use a 4x short shank tuna hook 5/0 and 50# leader material. Under the chin and out the eye. Summer nights. No weight. Just cast and S-L-O-W-L-Y retrieve. You're really just keeping the line just tight enough to feel the weight of the eel (or SOME of it)..THROW SLACK ON THE HIT, throw some more, then, when the line comes tight, SLAM IT.

If you insist on spiking your rod and baitfishing, at least have the decency to use circle hooks!

AMMO
post #13 of 39
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Originally Posted by canyondiver View Post
You are dating the wrong women
I bring a clam knife to the beach and open my own skimmers when they wash up.
Fresh and you don't have to carry them with you.
Why are the clams you get stinking?
I can freeze and thaw them a couple of times before they get ripe, but I know what you mean.


I don't touch SW bait anymore. Went porgy fishing with clams off a boat a few years back and stunk like clams for 3 days thereafter.
post #14 of 39
clams are best right after a storm
post #15 of 39
Thread Starter 
I asked this question because I hear a lot of striper fisherman talking about artificial. I've been using a lot of bunker chunks and clam on a fish finder rig (by the way, i'm surf fishing). I just have a couple of quick questions about artificials:
1. What are these plugs you speak of (seriously)? have any pics? How do you work them?
2. Do you find artificial or live eels work the best? How do you hook them and how do you work them?

Thanks!!
I'm a newby with bad luck at stripers and great, unintentional luck at skates and sea robins lol !!
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