Paul Newmier advised that the boats that are consistently producing larger bass are using “long wire,” in some cases up to 300 feet or more and parachute jigs up to five ounces to get down to where the stripers are holding.
On the other hand, folks who prefer to cast in the rips have found it absolutely necessary to move around, with the best bass action changing venues almost daily. Bearses is one area that seems to be fishing well on most days, while Point Rip, Shovelful, and Handkerchief often overrun by bluefish. Don’t get me wrong, they are a lot of fun, but since so many people are locked in on bass to take home for dinner, they forget how much fun they are.
A bonus this year has been some very good fluke fishing, especially as incidental catches for anglers who typically bounce sand eels on the bottom.