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Strategy for Targeting Early Spring Keepers

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So, early spring brings the first push of stripers which tend to be on the small side. But there's a few LARGE in the mix.

How do you go about targeting the bigger fish in the mix? Is it a night time game? What lures are you throwing?

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The other night the small fish were hitting the teaser and bigger fish were hitting a magdarter. But the next night they wouldn’t touch a plug and I was catching 15 to 25 lb fish on a storm shad and the teaser. Lots of bunker around the second night

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The other night the small fish were hitting the teaser and bigger fish were hitting a magdarter. But the next night they wouldn’t touch a plug and I was catching 15 to 25 lb fish on a storm shad and the teaser. Lots of bunker around the second night

15lb on the teaser, 20lb on the magdarter, and 25lb on the rubber 

 

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If the conditions and area are conducive to chunking and I knew large fish were around, I would be tossing fresh bunker heads over any plug I can think off.  

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28 mins ago, HugeDinghy said:

where re you.....early is relative. 

“Early” Is during the first few weeks of the start of striper activity for the area in which you fish.

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3 hours ago, bayyaker54 said:

The other night the small fish were hitting the teaser and bigger fish were hitting a magdarter. But the next night they wouldn’t touch a plug and I was catching 15 to 25 lb fish on a storm shad and the teaser. Lots of bunker around the second night

15lb on the teaser, 20lb on the magdarter, and 25lb on the rubber 

 

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Good question from the OP. I fished next to Bayyaker this week at least once, probably more. The key to large fish was waiting until it was dark/ clouds on the full moon and at least an hour after last light. Shorts were biting beforehand but BIGGER profiles were the key. It was a great week. I didn't have a photographer the whole time but it was excellent. 

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my strategy is to fish the channel edges adjacent to shallows.

swimming medium to large wood low and slow kinda like always.

if nothing is doing there I go shallow and throw plastic plugs,smaller wood and rubber to cover it all.

almost always get into something with one being good.

large mag darter,ss darter,my small swimmers and 5-8 inch rubber/bucktails up to an ounce.

HH

 

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1 hour ago, xjclint said:

Night time, bigger profiles near herring runs.

sounds too simple but bigger lures / baits bigger fish... i never get schoolies on 3-4on plugs, whole macs or whole herring :)

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7 hours ago, nicknotsebastian said:

sounds too simple but bigger lures / baits bigger fish... i never get schoolies on 3-4on plugs, whole macs or whole herring :)

Good advise:)

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Bigger profile baits would be key in my head. Low and slow though, yesterday I tossed everything I could in my bag and couldn't buy a bite. Last lure I threw, what did they want? A damn 5 inch blurple sinking needlefish. I had to CRAWL it.

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15 hours ago, ThrowinPlugs said:

Bigger profile baits would be key in my head. Low and slow though, yesterday I tossed everything I could in my bag and couldn't buy a bite. Last lure I threw, what did they want? A damn 5 inch blurple sinking needlefish. I had to CRAWL it.

Almost every builder with whom I've fished has said that folks "fish everything too fast".  They were referring to EVERY builder's plugs, not just their own.

 

 

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