Northeast Wind, Striped Bass...

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Northeast Wind, Striped Bass...

As usual, shop news first. 


For those looking for some nice metal lipped swimmers, we got in some Blue Falcon Javelin swimmers in 4 new colors.  They will be available in the shop and online.


For those who don’t have Facebook, you may want to see this.  A huge bluefin tuna was caught on an ODM Jigster Slow Pitch Rod.  Here is what ODM had to say about it: 

The Ultimate Experience… #JigsterSPJ Slow Pitch Rod
The combination of a lifelong passion and dedication to pursuing these elusive, immensely powerful, leviathans of the deep is what it’s all about…
Jeff’s input, and creative thinking… along with the confidence in his gear, and an amazing crew brought the fish of a lifetime (105", well over 700+ lb.) to the surface… a huge congrats to Jeff Vantine on the biggest fish on an ODM rod to date, and quite possibly and unofficially the largest Bluefin Tuna caught on a Slow Pitch rod…


Pictures courtesy ODM Rods

As far as the fishing goes, the striped bass bite is still the most interesting thing to report.  Prior to the nor’easter we are currently experiencing, anglers on the beach were taking striped bass from the surf in the morning and evening using SP Minnows, Gliders, and swim shads.  For those fishing bait, bunker was doing much better than clams and mullet. 

Since the northeast blow started, we have heard of a few ambitious anglers getting some nice bass out of the rough surf.  Of course, tactics had to change, and the successful anglers were throwing jigs like the S&S Rockhopper and S&S Pro Rockhopper, plugs like the Superstrike Little Neck Swimmer, or large swim shads.

If you don’t want to deal with the elements, there are still smaller striped bass in the back bays.  Kettle Creek Shads, Rapala X-Raps and small gliders are working. 

For tautog fishing, there were a few caught off the jetties and in the inlets on blackfish jigs tipped with sand fleas and green crabs respectively before the wind came up.  The usual back bay spots were still giving them up too. After the winds die off the fishing should come back.

Here are the notable weigh-ins from the weekend.


Nick Sferra with a 16.25 inch, 2.8 pound blackfish caught on a sand flea on IBSP.

Ray is back from vacation.  Here is how work treated him for being gone a couple of days...