Reader Report: Wasque Striped Bass – June 15 & 16, 2016

The rips of Wasque are still loaded with stripers according Salty Cape contributor Chris Junda who fished the area on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. On Wednesday, Chris noted that “Once the sun got higher, the bass were lower in the water column. I used jigging Hogys to get the bait down. Still a really strong squid bite for small bass.” Most of the fish were in the large schoolie/smaller keeper range, from 26″ – 29″.

A healthy striper taken at Wasque on Thursday morning.
A healthy striper taken at Wasque on Thursday morning.

On Thursday, Chris got out a bit earlier, fishing from 5AM – 10:30 AM. His best success was when he searched around the rips and shoals looking for fish or birds. “The bass will move around during the tide and the blues come through in waves. Today I needed to get down in the water with my baits but could not use softbaits because of the bluefish. I switched over to a 3oz pink SI epoxy jig and it worked really well. The bass were all over it. Smaller fish but great fun on light tackle.” Stripers ranged from 24-30″ and the blues were anywhere from 5-10 pounds.

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