As summer heats up each year, the action intensifies for those of us in the northeast. The annual striped bass migration has completed and they are now feasting on bait along the coastline. Anxious anglers have their gear ready and are headed to beaches, jetties, and boats all along our coast in anticipation for one of the best fighting fish in North America. If you haven’t experienced striped bass fishing, now’s your chance. We can help you by showing you the best striper lures available today with some tips on how to fish them for the best fight of your life. Check out our top 3 Best Striper Lures!
The Storm WildEye Swim Shad made the list for many reasons, but chief among them is how easy they are to fish. Novices and veterans alike rave about the Swim Shad because of its ease of use. Not only is it easy to fish, but they are highly productive! Designed with an internal weight and paddle tail, the Swim Shad looks eerily close to a real bait fish in the water. You can retrieve it many different ways, but our experts recommend letting the bait sink to the bottom where it will sit upright, and then slowly retrieve up. Doing this a few times during the retrieve will engage a striped bass’ instincts to attack!
Find the color that best matches the bait in your area, and pick up anything 4 to 6 inches in length. If you go bigger, like a 9 inch Swim Shad, you should prepare yourself with the right gear. Cow striped bass have been known to destroy the 9 inch swim shads. Be aware: because these lures are particularly productive, you may end up catching other species like bluefish. Have many of these lures on hand as they will get torn up by bluefish. Below is a video on how to fish the Storm WildEye Swim Shad.
Striper fishing from shore can be very difficult, especially with the wrong bait. Many anglers love to use bait, and that’s absolutely fine, but it can be next to impossible getting that bait out the distance necessary to catch some of the big cruising striped bass. That’s why having an artificial lure like the Acme Kastmaster is critical. A nice, heavy weighted lure with high quality nickel plating give this lure the action mimicking a wounded baitfish. And with the increased weight, you will effortlessly cast out to the distance necessary to attract passing monsters. This lure is best used on a steady or flutter-jig retrieve, giving its metal surface plenty of flash action.
Here’s an angler demonstrating the Acme Kastmasters and catching a few Striped Bass
Daiwa not only puts out good fishing rods and reels, they also have a winner with the Salt Pro Minnow. A radical new design, the minnow is different from typical plugs in many ways. For one, an internal magnetic casting weight improves casting distances greatly, even in stiff winds. Added distance combined with a holographic design and action that resembles a fleeing mackerel, this lure has been a hot pick for anglers in the northeast. Anglers in New Jersey have been spotted pulling in 40-pound stripers with this lure, so be sure to make some space in your tackle box for a few Salt Pro Minnows! In the video below, you’ll see an angler from Long Island having a very productive day with the Salt Pro Minnow. Also pay attention to his advice on replacing the original terminal gear on the Minnows with different hooks and rings. Many people reference how weak the hooks and rings are that are sent with the Salt Pro Minnow.
Best Striper Lures – The Best of the Rest
|Bomber Long A|
|Cotton Cordell Red Fin|
|Yo-Zuri Mag Darter|
|Lunker City Slug-Go|
|Sebile Stick Shad|
|Atom Striper Swiper|
I implore anyone who lives in a coastal region where Striped Bass are around to absolutely try fishing for one. They are some of the most fun fighting fish around, and you can be incredibly surprised how large they get and how close they’ll be to shore. There’s an angler on Long Island who’s made a successful career of fishing for Striped Bass, and he routinely catches monsters. For the rest of us, whether it’s a “schoolie” or a keeper or even one of the fat cows that roam around the shore, you will be hooked on striper fishing once you land one. Just be sure you have the right equipment, as nothing can be more frustrating than losing a trophy fish due to being unprepared. You can check out our favorite spinning rods and reels for inspiration in case you may not have the right tackle. And don’t forget, braided line is an absolute must. Good luck and tight lines!