We spent 15 minutes on the phone with Capt. Gene Bourque to discuss the best striper lures for worm hatches in shallow bays. Here's what we learned...
Capt. Gene Bourque
Location: Shallow Bays
Tides: All tides.
Approach: The challenge is finding upper areas of estuaries and bays where a water temperature of 60 – 62 degrees is present – in the spring there can be quite dramatic differences in a huge area like Ninigret Pond in Rhode Island with all those little coves where the water warms up quickly on sunny days but may be as much as five degrees cooler only a quarter mile away, outside in the more open water. So it really pays to do a lot of exploring. Dark, muddy bottoms are where the worms will be found.
Rigging Selection: Hogy Barbarian 3/0 Weighted Swim Bait Hook
Bait Selection: Hogy 4inch Worm Hatch