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Old 09-12-2019, 10:18 AM
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If you bait fish for stripers, which bait is your favorite? For instance we spent years fishing with seaworms from Maine. I once gaffed a 55 pound striper taken on a seaworm.
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Old 09-13-2019, 03:52 PM
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We dig sandworms from the beach in front of our place in Maine at low tide. They are a different species than the worms which are sold commercially and work much better, no doubt because they are what the stripers expect to see on that beach....matching the hatch, so to speak.
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:58 AM
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No doubt in Maine you are digging for clams and grab the worms that show up, then use them for bass bait. I know our Maine daughter does that. Estuaries in Maine are very clam and very worm, probably because water is clean.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:40 AM
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For us the best bait has always been both live or rigged eels.
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:47 AM
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A great thing about rigged eels is that you can freeze and refreeze rigged eels. They don't have to be kept alive. So if you wake up screaming some night from a fishing dream, you can grab a bunch from the freezer and go on a tong-fest.
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Old 09-28-2019, 12:56 PM
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Bunker. Live or Chunks.
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Yes, I agree with bunker. I have not done that enough because in the situations in which I fish bunker were always impossible to get. Remember that most of our fishing was done out of a camper with limited freezer space and bait shops on the Cape never, or rarely, had bunker. Now that we fish out of home (no more camper use) our situation is different. Today, as opposed to when we did everything, our top method is fly fishing, which we love. Fly fishing is the funnest thing with clothes on.
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We dig sandworms from the beach in front of our place in Maine at low tide. They are a different species than the worms which are sold commercially and work much better, no doubt because they are what the stripers expect to see on that beach....matching the hatch, so to speak.
an old timer friend used to do that locally in NJ around Sandy Hook... he got busted by the park police (with a "warning") but kept it up as long as he kept fishing. He always found the local worms to be superior to anything else. Then again, at that time, the bunker schools had been decimated by the omega boats.

down here, until it gets colder, a bunker head is more likely to be taken by a shark than a big striper, but at least it culls out smaller anythings from messing with you.

when the stripers are around, and when active baitfish aren't present, bunker is the preferred choice.
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Nobody I know fishes with clams. Yet, right here I have often been questioned, usually by Jersey guys, about the use of clams for bait.
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Nobody I know fishes with clams. Yet, right here I have often been questioned, usually by Jersey guys, about the use of clams for bait.
I wonder how effective clams are nowadays due to the massive beach replenishment that has happened along the majority of New Jersey's coast.

Down here, they are used primarily in the spring/early summer, both when the bunker schools are not close to shore, as well as to attract the spring run of black drum.
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Yes, I agree with bunker. I have not done that enough because in the situations in which I fish bunker were always impossible to get. Remember that most of our fishing was done out of a camper with limited freezer space and bait shops on the Cape never, or rarely, had bunker. Now that we fish out of home (no more camper use) our situation is different. Today, as opposed to when we did everything, our top method is fly fishing, which we love. Fly fishing is the funnest thing with clothes on.
I used to call fishing with Bunker Heads the "Lonely Game". Chunks will attract skates, bluefish, fluke, dogfish, sharks, rays, sea robins etc along with bass. for the most part a bunker head will get you nothing but bass, shark, giant ray or one of the big dogfish. Also at night it gives me confidence. When i spike a rod with other baits i spend half the time wondering if I have bait out there....between the cast, crabs and everything else I always have the feeling like i'm fishing on credit. With a bunker head I know it's out there and if a biggie swims by I have a shot.
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Danny, you're right about the heads... agree and it's why I make sure to use them.
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Years ago, when it was legal we used to bait fish with cut herring and we always used the heads first. What we a job we did back then and bait was easy to get. Then they banned the use of herring because the runs were devoid of herring.
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For whatever reason, we have had better luck with mackerel than bunker ("pogies" in Maine) when fishing cut bait....or live, for that matter.
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The "what-ever reasin' is the part of bait fishing that we will never know the answer about. Craziness happens with all fishing, be it plug or bait.
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