Catching Your Own Bait for Slob Striped Bass, Early Spring 2017

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Catching Your Own Bait for Slob Striped Bass, Early Spring 2017

About this time every year, the Breeder Striped Bass enter our freshwater estuaries and river systems to lay their eggs, it is at this time that us city folk get a shot at giant fish right in our backyard, on this night I knew I wouldn’t be able to buy any fresh bait as it was cold and windy early in the season, I traveled and hour and a half to the Jersey Shore to hop some bridges and banks in search of the Elusive Bunker, and after only catching one bunker in the first hour I was pretty sure I would not be making it to the striper grounds. I moved around a bit and eventually got 3 bunker and also found one surf clam in 3 hours, which was just enough bait to go Striper fishing. Arrived at the Striper Grounds and sat around for about 3 hours with only a couple catfish bites when I got the bite I was looking for, heavy fish, big headshakes, taking drag without issue in the cold early spring waters. A fellow fishing addict who had come out at 3 am was there to net the fish for me and take a pic, unfortunately I had no scale or even a tape measure so I measured the fish with a piece of mono and measured the mono later at 48″ (delerium factor was high, 46″-47″ more realistically). I would love to know what this fish weighed but with no scale I can only guess, 40lb range, certainly one of the Biggest stripers I have ever caught. Other than that I caught a couple rat sized bass and one other in the 15lb range which I lazily tried to swing up on to the dock but broke off, the wind was blowing and it was freezing and I quit fishing at about 530am, well worth spending hours driving and searching for bait.

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