We spent 15 minutes on the phone with Capt. Eric Kulin to discuss casting to top water striped bass in Boston Harbor with the Hogy Originals. Here's what we learned...
Location: Boston Harbor
Tides: Fish began to surface feed during the middle of outgoing tide.
Approach: A large mass of fish has just arrived to Boston Harbor with the increasing water temps. We simply began cursing out the North Channel until we saw a surface feed begin. Stripers were pushing herring to the surface and birds were blasting bait from above. Quietly idle towards the fish and avoid plowing into the feeding school. Work the outside edges of the feed to avoid pushing fish down.
Rigging: X-Strong 5/0 Unweighted Swim Bait Hook allows for a floating topwater presentation.
Bait Selection: Hogy 7inch Hogy Original
Why This Bait?: The 7-inch Original Series is an excellent herring profile imitator. On this occasion, the fish were very selective and avoided may other presentations. The only way the fish would bite, was on the fly or the bubblegum 7-inch Original Series. Often, a bright color like the bubblegum will trigger an aggressive feeding response from passive fish.
Retrieve: The Hogy Original Series will float on the surface when rigged on an unweighted hook. This allows for a total top water presentation, which is best paired with a quick twitch – pause retrieve. The lure will imitate a fleeing herring and produce some very exciting top water strikes!
Rod: 7′ St. Croix Mojo Spinning Medium Heavy – Fast Action.
Reel: Quantum Cabo 30
Line: 20lb PP Slick Auqa Blue
Leader: 12lb Fluorocarbon