Jetty Casting for Stripers — Approach, Lures and Casting Techniques
Jetties are serious producers. Although the can be fished around the clock, the often produce best at night. The best jetties offer some sort of rip line and give you access to get behind some sand bars.
Approach: Fish swinging and fan casting are great methods for targeting surf, including sand bars and rips. Sometimes, jetties will help when casting heavy lures to reach fish “way out there,” but never forget to fish the water close to and on both sides of a jetty. Fish often hang closer to structure, such as jetties, than people realize.
- Bottom: Pro Tail Paddle or Pro Tail Eel, 1oz or 2oz length depending on conditions.
- Top: Lightly weighted or unweighted softbait, 10”, fished fast like a rigged eel.
- Long Range:
- Hogy Sand Eel Jig
- 2oz Epoxy Jig® Lure
- 1.25oz Heavy Minnow
- Fish the swing in the rip. Often the rip on a jetty will be light. A Hogy Pro Tail Paddle can be effective as it creates vibrations that attract fish.
- Work the surf created by sand bars. Fan cast around them.
- If there are multiple bars, inside the jetty, a slowly retrieved paddle tail can help find scattered fish.
- Fan cast the open water, distance is often needed, but don’t forget fish can be at your feet, especially at high tide.