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Spring striper run 2014

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hey guys I'm fairly new to this whole surf fishing for striped bass, and this will be my first official time out for the spring run.

I'm basically looking for any information that would help, I'm in the Queens area, and have access to the north shore western long island sound.

I'm thinking of starting around beginning of April if time permits me.

One guy I regularly fish with says I should fish the Hudson river more.

Is that true? Or am I fine where I am?

 

I know it's a bit early but I'm trying to get as much information as I possibly can before it's time to go catch them, and I'm standing there clueless.

 

Any sort of help would be greatly appreciated, and thank you all in advanced.

post #2 of 21
try march on the western sound in the harbors
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by cptjack View Post

try march on the western sound in the harbors

sounds good for a start, what would you suggest I do in terms of fishing method. 

should I throw bunker chunks, plug, or should just throw both?

post #4 of 21

No reason to cross a bridge, like ptjack said the bays and harbors of the Western Sound are great early in the season. Alot of schoolies in the mix so I would plug it. Redfins, cordells, bombers small bucktails, small weightless plastics, teasers, light tackle.  Early in the season the skinny the water the warmer it will be, the better. If you want to bait use bloodworms early in the season,bunker when the water gets warmer.

post #5 of 21
Fish that spot which us probably the most blow up spot in the western sound on the queens side, mid to late afternoon high outgoing tide small rubber
Cocahoe minnow or 3-4 inch chartruese curly tail that hopefully is a good starting point
Good luck
post #6 of 21
Use sand or bloodworms in march and April. Save the bunker until may and June.
post #7 of 21
Spring time is my favorite time. Why travel to the Hudson when you're centrally located to some prime spring action that is close by. I think it would be better to get to know youre own backyard. A good suggestion would be to get out early in the spring and scout and learn your local waters. My tactic is to look for bunker because they tend to show up early at the western end. How you fish it depends on the conditions and the bait that's around. Often the thinking is to go with small lures or soft baits like clam or worms early on but if you've got bunker in your area why not mimic what the bass are actually going to be feeding on? Good luck and have fun!
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

I really appreciate the feedback guys!

Btw does anyone know if the bass comes into the Bayside Marina area? I've only caught my fair share of bluefish there so I'm just wondering what my chances on a striper there is.

post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by MontaukMonster View Post
 

Hey guys I'm fairly new to this whole surf fishing for striped bass, and this will be my first official time out for the spring run.

I'm basically looking for any information that would help, I'm in the Queens area, and have access to the north shore western long island sound.

I'm thinking of starting around beginning of April if time permits me.

One guy I regularly fish with says I should fish the Hudson river more.

Is that true? Or am I fine where I am?

 

I know it's a bit early but I'm trying to get as much information as I possibly can before it's time to go catch them, and I'm standing there clueless.

 

Any sort of help would be greatly appreciated, and thank you all in advanced.

What part of queens? I'd try a North part of J-Bay.

post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by -KissMyBass- View Post
 

What part of queens? I'd try a North part of J-Bay.

I'm closer to the whitestone bridge area. I fish the fort totten area, and the areas around the cross island parkway when I get the chance to. 

 

I'll definitely hit up J-bay, one of these days.

 

Thanks. 

post #11 of 21
Anyone have any suggestions for early season on south shore? when do stripers show up on east end of Long Island? Should I focus on the inlets (moriches, shinnecock) or is Montauk the better bet? Appreciate any guidance
post #12 of 21
There isn't going to be a run cwm27.gif
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Surfcasterzx2 View Post

There isn't going to be a run cwm27.gif
Crawl?
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Jcap View Post

Anyone have any suggestions for early season on south shore? when do stripers show up on east end of Long Island? Should I focus on the inlets (moriches, shinnecock) or is Montauk the better bet? Appreciate any guidance

By late March in certain bays you can catch small stripers. Look for places that funnel warm water through aqueducts.

This is a back bay thing and the water needs to be coming from a larger body of water and ultimately winding up where there is a shallow muddy terrain.
Use small rubber,small plastic swimmers, teasers and bucktails. It will be a rat fest.

For larger fish search the rocks at Montauk. It may be slow fishing ,but if you put your time in, anything could happen.
I have had some very nice fish there in the spring. Also along the sand on east end sand beaches, usually by mid April, things are hopping. Lots of small fish.
post #15 of 21
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worms, plastics with 1/4 to 1/2 ounce lead heads , x-raps (usually catch larger fish) starting from usually 3rd week of March (week before or later depending on weather). Bunker  usually show around there same time, the ospries give them away. The bunker show much better at night in the Spring with bass causing some bluefish like blitzes on them.  i usually start chunking the back at night from my boat with good results (6 to 10 teen sized fish  fish per tide with some pushing 30lbs). Can't stay much longer because it gets pretty cold at end of March. Good Luck............
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