There are different ways to fish for your trophy fish.
A popular one with the boaters is to anchor in the inlet or bay with clams and or bunker.
Some prefer to troll. Some of the popular lures to troll with are bunker spoons, stretch plugs and umbrella rigs. Many anglers like to use drift eels. You can only hope the bluefish are not in that area that day. Eels are also used by the boats that like to troll the white water. They will put an eel on a bucktail to troll or they will use a bucktail with pork rind.
Jigging is another popular way of catching bass. Ava jigs and weighted shads work well for this type of fishing. The last few years we have had a lot of bunker in our waters so the snag and drop method has become popular for big bass. You snag your bunker and leave it on the snag and wait for a fish to come along and eat that fish that looks like an easy prey.
If you are fishing in a tournament you have to take that bunker off the snag and re-hook it on a different hook to be IGFA legal. Gang hooks are not permitted by IGFA.
When fishing in the surf you do not have all these options. You either bait fish with bunker and clams, being the most popular, or you throw lures. There are so many types of lures that you can use.
There are top water lures such as poppers, there are also surface lures, such as bombers, redfins, darters. metals that can be worked slowly to drag the bottom. You also have jigging lures such as avas and bucktails. You can use shads, gulp, fin-s, and slugos and retrieve them in different ways to get the action you want.
We carry a lot of these supplies in the store along with large nets.
A lot of people have not caught a large striper in their lifetime so if you don’t want your catch please release it to swim for another day, then someone else can enjoy the excitement of catching their “Trophy Fish”.