Surf Stripers

Surf Stripers

Surf Stripers

  • Posted by Nick Honachefsky
  • On November 3, 2016
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With the weather finally cooling off a bit, the Striped Bass run has officially started with a bang. Nick Honechefsky shares his latest report and insights on how to get in on the action from the beach between New Jersey and North Carolina.

With the Fall Run of striped bass in full swing, Jersey anglers are hitting the surf hard to beach linesiders spanning between 10 and 50 pounds. Just this week I landed a pair of bass at 34 and 38 pounds and hundreds of other anglers were also putting quality fish on the sand. Bait schools bring in the bass and keep them within casting distance from shore as a mix of rainfish, peanut bunker, adult bunker and sand eels are on the menu – and that means a variety of artificial lures will work when you need to match the hatch.

For small to medium class 5 to 20-pound bass, excellent rainfish imitations include 2/0 bucktail hair teasers, Ava 007 jigs, Williamson Gomoku jigs; peanut bunker profile lures include 1 to 2-ounce Crippled Herring jigs, Storm or Tsunami swim shads; sand eel dopplegangers include Ava 007 to A27 size jigs, #2 Deadly Dicks, and Tsunami holographic sand eels; historically favorite swimming plugs are Bomber Long-A and Bomber A-Salt or Daiwa SP Minnows. When gearing up to go for cow bass over the 25-pound mark, go large with 3-ounce Gibbs pencil poppers, Danny metal-lipped swimmers, and Tactical Angler darters. Terminal tackle to put the rigs together include 100-pound Spro Barrel swivels, Seaguar Fluorocarbon line of 25 to 50 pounds, and 50 to 125-lb class Tactical Angler clips. Solid all around surf sticks span 9 to 12 foot long with a moderate action, such as a Lamiglas XSRA 1084-2 matched with a Van Staal VS150 or Shimano TRS12MHA matched with a Shimano Ultegra XSC 10000 reel. Spool up with 40-pound Power Pro braided line.

Ok, you’ve got the gear, now its time to put in the time. Sunrise hours have been prime times to target bass with poppers and shads as they crash and blast bunker schools once the sun comes up, but dark hours are ultra productive to toss black or purple Bomber A-Salts into the cuts and sloughs. Be mobile. If you’ve got beach buggy access, use it to run and gun along the beachfront to find actively feeding bass on bait schools. Move around the coastline trying out different cuts, holes and sloughs in various towns and beaches. The first wave of 20 to 40 pounders moved through this past week in Jersey and historically they will run strong through the third week of December. Hit the sands hard to tangle with some of the best surf striper fishing the world has to offer. And if you miss the run in Jersey this month, then catch it in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina as the winter rolls on.

Gear Used

Van Staal

Van Staal VS150XP Spinning Reel

The Van Staal X-Series Reels are based on the same foundation that made Van Staal legendary for power and durability. A completely sealed and waterproof reel machined out of aeronautics grade 6061-T6 aluminum, with a solid titanium shaft, hardened stainless steel main gear and pinion, and patented waterproof sealed drag.

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Shimano

Shimano Ultegra 10000XSC

The Shimano Ultegra XS Surf Spinning Reels feature Shimano X-Ship gearing for improved smoothness, efficiency, and power. These reels also feature slow oscillation for precision line lay and propulsion line management system for great castability.

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Shimano

Shimano TRS120MHA Tiralejo

The new Shimano Tiralejo Surf Spinning Rods are made with the all new Shimano C4S blank construction which utilizes high modulus blank and wraps 4 outer layers of 90 degree graphite.

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Daiwa

Daiwa Salt Pro Minnow

The Daiwa Salt Pro Minnow is a versatile, long casting bait designed for a fast, ripping style retrieve that produces an erratic side-to-side swim action to draw predator’s attention. The Salt Pro Minnow features: a weight transfer system for easier, longer casts; realistic scale pattern and 3-D eyes; heavy duty saltwater hooks.

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