Late May Topwater Stripers in Vineyard Sound

Capt. Mike Hogan heads out aboard his 28' Contender to fish for striped bass in the rips of Middleground. The name of the game was swinging Hogy Charter Grade Poppers into the rips aggressive squid hungry stripers. Crush those barbs, remove rear treble hooks and keep those fish wet!

Hogy To Swing A Rip For Striped Bass Diagram


1. Stem the tide with your boat just in gear with enough thrust so as to just hold your position.

2. Pick a good spot in the rip where a u-shaped gully with points on either side of it have formed

3. Cast up tide and somewhere between parallel and 30-degrees toward the rip line. Once the lure hits the water, your focus is to get control of the line with minimal slack between you and your lure.

4. Now let current move the bait toward the stripers that are waiting in ambush. While the bait is drifting down tide impart action in the lure and your reeling is more for eliminating slack than to propel the lure forward. If you time it perfectly, the lure will start swinging into the rip and directly behind your boat just at or behind the rip line.

Gear List:

Rod: 7’ Mh Shimano Terez

Reel: Shimano Saragosa 6000

Line: 40lb Braid

Leader: 30lb Fluoro


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