Striped Bass Fishing from Belmar
Striped Bass Fishing out of Belmar can prove to be one of the most productive area’s to Striped bass fish on the entire east coast. When fishing this area the Jersey Nutz crew goes about it in a very systematic way depending on what the charter has intentions of catching. We can tailor our trips to target large Bass or we can focus on catching a lot of school fish. Typically if the charter would like to catch larger fish then they should expect to catch less fish because of the methods that are used and the wait is usually worth the reward. On the other hand if a high flying intense trip is what you are after then we would recommend targeting the school fish and catching more of them, with a good possibility of catching larger fish in the mix.
When the Stripers arrive in early spring it is normally the smaller school Stripers that show up first, followed by the larger ones. The fish will be chasing smaller baits and so that is what we will present to them. Jigs can be deadly and if we can target in on a dense school of this fish it will mean none stop action. For the most part the waters are not as crowded and the Stripers will respond better with the lower amounts of pressure.
As the Spring season progresses this means we get into the live lining season. We will head out of the inlet in search of fresh baits to present to these fish and once captured we head to spots that are known to hold the fish during that time. We will let the live baits swim out away from the boat and wait for the monsters to pile on the baits. We will let the Striper swim away from the boat with the fish in it’s mouth and then set the hook. Once we hook into the fish It is game on from there. Typically once we can get the first fish to chew, other fish will pile on the other baits and multiple hook ups will occur.
Fighting the fish from a live lining perspective has to be one of the most exciting methods of fishing. The Angler will experience the entire hook up from start to finish. You can feel the bait begin the get excited and try to run away from the Striper, next you can feel when the striper has the bait in it’s mouth and then finally when you go to set the hook you can feel the power of these beautiful fish!!! Depending on the size of the fish we have seen them take whole spools down to nothing with 10 lbs of drag on them. The angler can really experience everything these fish have to offer as the thrilling fight peruses.
If others methods are not producing and the fish seem to be spread out then we will deploy the trolling spread. This will include two Bunker spoons that replicate a crippled bunker, As well as a stretch 25, and a couple Hogy lures. We have fine tuned our spread over the years to ensure that we are presenting the proper baits to these fish in order to get the strikes that we are after.
Our Clients can initially expect to utilize any one of these methods, because until we get out on the water it is really uncertain which method we will be using. Even though it is a certain time of year, and a particular method would typically be used at that time, it is not always so.
During the fall run the fish will usually show up in the same fashion, smaller school fish at first, followed by larger fisher. For the most part during the entire fall run we will utilize one of our two aforementioned methods and those are jigging and trolling.
When the Stripers show up in the fall you can be sure that they are following masses of sand eels south and are focused in on those sized and shaped baits. Which means that we are going to try and imitate those baits as much as possible. This intern means jigging with jigs that imitate the Size, Shape, and Action of a sand eel. Similarly when we are trolling we will pull baits that imitate the Size, Shape, and Action of those Sand Eels.
The determining factors that are used to determine which method is used are virtually the same as the aforementioned. The density in which the fish are schooled up is a huge determining factor on efficiency. If the fish are schooled up and dense, then it makes no sense to go on the troll if they are concentrated in one area. On the other hand if the fish are not in one area then it makes no sense to stay in one area. We have to keep moving, cover a lot of ground and find the fish that we can.
Through out your experience with us you can expect a very active trip, filled with lots of involvement. We love getting out clients involved with everything we do and seeing that they are having the very best experience possible. We are willing to accommodate our clients in any fashion possible. We have even recently become involved with Fly fishing for Stripers, so if there is anything new that you would like us to try, please do not hesitate to mention it.