Snagging bunker on spinning reels for spring striped bass
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Using Spinning Reel for Snagging Bunker for Spring Striped Bass

Using Spinning Reel for Snagging Bunker for Spring Striped Bass

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  • Using Spinning Reel for Snagging Bunker for Spring Striped Bass A 7-foot medium to heavy action spinning reel combo spooled up with 20-pound monofilament or 30-pound braided line is a reliable bunker snagging outfit. Bunker, is an oily nutritious baitfish that travel in large dense schools that are a major food source to many gamefish, especially striped bass. Each spring bunker migrates up the Atlantic Coast just as stripers are also on their way to their summer feeding grounds. For snagging the bunker attach a weighted treble snagging hook to the main line of the spinning reel snagging outfit. Once you spot a school of bunker on the surface cast the snagging hook into the school, and let the hook sink for a couple of seconds and then begin a quick retrieve with the reel handle. If all goes as planned, the snagging hook will soon be felt banging into bunker. When this happens make a few long sweeps with the rod as you continue to turn the spinning reel handle. It shouldn’t be long before a “snag up” occurs.If possible, get a few live bunker in thebait well before putting out a bait, this avoids chaos in the cockpit.
  • I like to rig my bunker on an 8/0 circle hook attached to a 4-foot leader of 80-pound monofilament leader. In my opinion, a 30- pound conventional baitcasting reel combo loaded with 60-pound braided line is the way to go when trying to land big stripers on live bunker. When a pick-up from a bass is felt, point the rod at the fish, lightly thumbing the spool to avoid an over run. Let the bass run for about 10-seconds before locking up the reel. After engaging the spool, wait until it feels like the rod is going to be pulled from your grasp, and then simply turn the reel handle smartly a few times to set the hook. This will allow the circle hook to work its magic, and take purchase in the corner of the striper’s jaw. -- 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.