How-To — Pro Tail Paddle

How-To: Striped Bass Fishing in Canals and Channels from Shore #161

Posted by Capt. Michael Hogan on

APPROACH Canals are great when you know fish are likely to be in the area. With such high volumes of water running by your feet each minute, there is endless potential for bait and fish to blow by. The challenge here is how to deal with such fast moving water. If fish are holding deep, which they are in canals 85% of the time, you’ll be require to fish the swing. "If I Had Just One" with Capt. Mike HoganLOCATION: Cape CodTARGETED SPECIES: Striped BassLURE:Hogy Pro Tail PaddleCOLORS: BONE, GREEN MACK, BLUE HERRING "I would grab the Hogy Pro Tail...

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How-To: Fishing Estuaries for Striped Bass from Shore #160

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Estuaries are great for a lot of reasons.  Approach: First step is to identify the direction of the tide. You want to fish on the side the tide is moving toward. Although this is a light tackle fishery, big fish do move up into protected water, particularly in the spring and fall.  "If I Had Just One" with Capt. Mike HoganLOCATION: Cape CodTARGETED SPECIES: Striped BassLURE: 7/8oz Hogy Epoxy Jig LureCOLOR: Olive, Silverside, Pink "I would grab the 7/8oz Hogy Epoxy Jig® Lure. I regularly carry Olive, Silver Side and Pink." PROFILE: The 7/8oz Hogy Epoxy Jig® Lure is 3.5” so...

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How-To: Jetty Casting for Stripers #159

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Jetties are serious producers. Although they can be fished around the clock, they often produce best at night. The best jetties offer some sort of rip line and give you access to get behind some sand bars.  Approach: Fish swinging and fan casting are great methods for targeting surf, including sand bars and rips. Sometimes, jetties will help when casting heavy lures to reach fish "way out there," but never forget to fish the water close to and on both sides of a jetty. Fish often hang closer to structure, such as jetties, than people realize.   "If I Had Just...

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How-To: Shore Fishing on an Open Beach #158

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Open Beach: There is often more than meets the eye at an open beach. Structure-wise, you have gradual drop-offs, fast drop-offs, sand bars, deep troughs, rocks and boulders.  Approach: Work the system at hand. Bounce along the bottom, fish along the top. Tide: Varies by structure.  "IF I JUST HAD ONE" with SHELL E. CARISLOCATION: New JerseyTARGETED SPECIES: Striped BassLURE: Slow Tail SeriesCOLOR: Bone "This lure has tremendous action. It casts great and I have been fishing for over 60-years in the surf and the way it swims in shallow water (2 to 7-feet) is unbeatable." "It tracks incredibly well because of its weight....

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How-To: Rip Fishing for Striped Bass From Shore #157

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SHORELINE RIP Shoreline rips that occur around structure such as points are often great spots to find big fish on light tackle close to the beach. The best shoreline rips have some sort of mix or combination of deep areas, including holes; drop offs, rocks, boulders and deep basins.  Moving water means confused bait so blind casting in an organized manner is the ticket. Approach: Fan cast and fish the swing through a 45-degree strike zone.  Tide: Peak 45 minutes of movement is best. Often one tide lays up better than the other.   "If I Had Just One" with Capt....

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