Gear: Striper Baits | Mackerel Imitations #119

Mackerel are one of the main food sources for Striped Bass.

Like the juvenile herring, bass and albies get very aggressive when keyed in on small mackerel. They are fast moving schools, so be ready to be nimble and quick. Obviously green is the top color for matching the hatch for mackerel. As fast to very fast retrieve is ideal for these little speedsters.

  • Hogy Top Imitator: For juvenile to medium sized mackerel, our top imitators are the Hogy Pro Tail Paddles in green or silver, up to 6.5oz. Aplug option would be our 5” and 7” charter grade sliders in green or silver would give you a true-to-size mackerel body pattern. Fish all the these lures on the faster end of the spectrum if mackerel are around and you’re almost guaranteed to hook up on a hungry striper during a feeding frenzy.
Slider for Striper
Charter Grade Slider for top-water striper fishing