Casting To Stripers On Bunker

How To Peanut Bunker Albies

Massive schools of peanut bunker in the summer/early fall can be some of the most exciting fishing there is with massive explosions and epic top-water feeds.

That said, there are times when there is such an abundance of bunker that stripers seem to be bucket feeding through the schools and you can find yourself having difficulty getting their attention with a single lure.

Technique:

A key strategy here is to “work the parameter” of the schools. Target your casts along the outsides of the bait balls/feed. You want to simulate a bunker that has been separated from the school in hopes that you will cross paths with stripers that have been separated from the feeds too.

Often times these are the larger fish too that are less aggressive. Focus on catching fish you don’t see rather than the stripers you can see that are myopically focused on the large schools of bunker.

Break Down:

  1. Gear up for long-range casts with the idea being that the longer the lure is in the water, the more isolated fish your lure could meet along the way.

  2. Use longer leaders than usual. The stripers have plenty of food on the table, and they can afford to be picky. Also, think about downsizing your leader. I usually use 30lb for stripers but will downsize to 20lb if I have to in order to seal the deal.

  3. Slow your slider down, let it pause and sink. Sliders have a horizontal sinking presentation which nicely simulates an injured baitfish making its way.

  4. Speed your smaller lures up. Simulate a peanut bunker that has been chased out of the bait ball and incite the competitive nature that is ingrained in stripers.


Hogy Lures 2oz (3.75inch) Peanut Bunker Jig
LTD Protail: 4.25" Paddle Peanut Bunker 1.25oz
LTD Protail: 5.5" Paddle Peanut Bunker 2oz
Protail: 3.5" Paddle Peanut Bunker 1oz
Hogy Lures 7/8oz (3.5inch) The EPOXY JIG™ Lure Peanut Bunker
Charter Grade Slider: 1.5oz - 125mm Bunker
Charter Grade Popper: 3/4oz - 4inch Peanut Bunker (Inshore)
Charter Grade Slider: 4oz - 190mm Bunker (Offshore)