Early-season striped bass taken over a shallow rock pile. Photo/New England Boating.
There’s nothing quite as exciting as watching a big striper wallop a lure on the surface, and the period from mid-May and mid-June is the best time to experience this thrill in the waters of Southern New England.
This is typically when big stripers move into shallows to feed on squid, herring and other baitfish, and will aggressively attack soft-plastic baits and plugs fished on light tackle—even in broad daylight!
The accompanying short video discusses some of the basics involved in light-tackle spring striper fishing, including top lures, tackle, knots and techniques. Try them this season, and good luck!
Read more on fishing shallow rock piles.
Read more on how to tie a wind-on leader system for light-tackle fishing.
Read more on how to rig a Slug-Go.
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About the Author
Tom Richardson is the director and host of New England Boating. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.