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Bass Lead the Way for Spring Fishing

By Kastking | 22 January 2018 | 0 Comments

Striped bass in saltwater estuaries and freshwater large mouth bass offer early season fishing action.




As ice flows from the harshest winter in many a moon still cover many of our area waterways it’s hard to imagine that spring is rapidly apporaoching.  By now, cabin fever in the Northeast is running at an all time high. You can bet once the ice melts, and some warmer southerly breezes are felt on the skin, many anglers will beeline it to some bodies of water in an attempt to catch a fish.



Saltwater pickings in springtime are slim, but if you like to go cod fishing, this is the time to give it a shot.  Coldwater temperatures normally result in the “Winter King” moving slightly inshore in search of bait to feed on.  Any broken hard substrate, or wrecks that lie on the ocean bottom 5 to 30 miles off the coast should offer a good shot at some tasty cod.  There are many party and charter boats that are legendary cod catchers.  I’m partial to the Viking Fleet from Montauk, but do a web search for vessels that are sailing, pick a day during a period of calm winds, and the conditions can be surprisingly accommodating.  However, be sure to dress warm in layers, and also top off your outerwear with good insulated rubber boats and wind proof oilskins or rain gear, and don’t forget your gloves.


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This early morning 20″ Spring schoolie striper bass was chasing alewives in an Eastern Long estuary and caught by an angler using a MadBite Shooter, which resemble the small forage fish..


Striped bass will begin moving into area waters by late March, early April.  Though the season will not open until April 15 in marine waters, catch and release angling is permitted all season for stripers.  Much of these bass will be school sized and smaller, so a medium to light spinning rod armed with a KastKing  Orcas 2000 spooled with 20-pound KastKing super power braided line is more than adequate to land a few linesiders.


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MadBite Shooter from Eposeidon.com sells for under $3 and tricks bass.


Key striper efforts in shallow water bays with mud bottoms and look for sunny windless days.  These types of areas will warm quickest from the suns rays. It’s best to key your efforts on a rising tide, as stripers will use this tidal stage to follow the flooding water onto the flats in search of any sea life they can find to satiate their hunger.  Work small bucktails tipped with pork rind, or rubber swim baits just off the bottom for best results.  Bait fishing with sand or bloodworms is a tried and true method for catching stripers.



Fresh water bass opportunities will be pretty reliable once the ice dissipates on small lakes and ponds.  Large mouth bass are very tolerant to cold water, and you can also bet pumpkin seeds and blue gills will also be on the feed.  Trout love cold oxygenated water.  Trout stocking is pretty extensive in the Northeast in March through April, and offer a reliable target at many locales.



For bass, ultra light 5-foot spinning combos rigged with 6 to 8-pound monofilament line has long been a favorite of mine. Casting assorted small spinner baits, tiny plugs, or rubber worms are sure to garner attention.  That being said, it’s tough to beat bait with some smell on it during springtime.  I like to bait up with fresh night crawlers or Berkley Gulp Grub tails on small size 6 or 8 hooks tethered a foot or so below a tiny float.  I’ll then cast out the rig into “good looking” water, and once the bait settles I’ll then pop and twitch the float in a very slow retrieve back towards me.  Hopefully, at some point my bait will be engulfed, and it’s fish on!

By —  Capt. Tom Mikoleski


Captain Tom Mikoleski is the successful fishing charter captain of the Grand Slam who sails out of Montauk, NY for trophy striped bass, doormat fluke, jumbo porgies, humpback sea bass, and monster sharks. Capt. Tom is the author of Bass Buff — A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide.




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