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Kayak Fishing with Live Bait

By Kastking | 24 August 2018 | 0 Comments

Whenever an angler pushes off with a kayak in search of striped bass there are high hopes of tangling with an impressive sized linesider.  Kayak fishing offers an angler mobility that will get them within striking distance of many striped bass.  This is especially true during the fall run when large schools of stripers are hugging the coastline during their migration to warmer waters.



There are many fishing tactics one can use to catch big stripers such as casting big swimming plugs or chunking with fresh bunker.  However, the shortest route to success is to present a live bait right in front of the nose of a hunting striper.  Drifting in the kayak with the wind and or tide, is a great way to cover some productive water and have your offering moving through the water column in a very appealing manner.


Frisky live baits always give a natural presentation when kayak fishing.  Good live baits to use for striped bass are porgies, eels, bunker, and kingfish.  Porgies have a few razor sharp spines on their dorsal and lower caudal fins and many anglers like to trim these spikes off with a pair of shears to make it easier for a big bass to swallow the porgy whole.  Eels are the most popular bait because they can be purchased at most shore based bait and tackle shops, and easily be stored while kayak fishing in a small bait cart.  Eels are puzzle to some because many anglers believe that eels only produce on night tides, and while this is certainly the case, the amount of bass that can be caught on live baits during bright sunshine will simply amaze some anglers.


There will also be times when a kayak angler can easily catch a few porgies, kingfish, or bunker close to shore.  Porgies and kingfish can all be caught on clam slices drifted on bottom rigs and dangled over both sandy and rocky bottom.  Recently, many areas along the Atlantic Coast have seen a bunker resurgence, and when bunker are thickly schooled, snagging a few is rarely a problem.


All of the above mentioned baits are big “hunks” of meat.  Big baits catch big fish.  As a result, you’ll probably be tangling with some big stripers when kayak fishing.  Be sure the gear is amped a bit in order to tangle with bass that can be in trophy size range, and don’t forget about big bluefish.  These yellow eyed devils will also find your live baits to their liking, so expect to tangle with a few of these tackle destroyers also.  When rigging up make sure that all knots are tied perfectly, hooks are scintillatingly sharp, and reel drags function flawlessly.  Big striped bass and bluefish are extremely powerful fish and they will test you and your equipment every time one is lucky enough to hook up with these wonderful game fish.


— 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. Captain Tom is the author of Bass Buff — A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide



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