We crack the code on super finicky stripers sipping tiny hake and sand eels on the surface utilizing a slow-twitch retrieve with the new Hogy Slowtail Swimbait. Fishing out of Barnegat Inlet along coastal New Jersey with Capt. Rob Radlof of Waterman Charters, we push through some sloppy seas to find pretty epic surface feeds of southbound Striped Bass.
PRESENTING TO SURFACE SIPPER TIPS
1. Cast across or down wind while leading the cast ahead of stripers.
2. Use short, sharp twitches while tending line slack with reel.
3. In windy conditions, utilize frequent twitches with minimum retrieve distance.
4. In calm conditions, utilize a twitch-twitch-pause, slow and steady retrieve.
Rod: 7' Shimano Legend MH
Reel: Shimano Stella 3000
Line: 15lb Power Pro Slick
Leader: 30lb Fluoro
Lure: 5.5" - 1.25oz Hogy Lures Slowtail Swimbait