15 Hot Striper Lures For ’22 – The Fisherman

Video 15 Hot Striper Lures For ’22 – The Fisherman
With regards to restocking the plug bag this season, chances are you’ll need to take into account filling a slot with certainly one of these workers favorites for 2022. Photograph by John DeBona.

Earlier this 12 months throughout one other a kind of dreaded ZOOM calls, The Fisherman editorial workers obtained collectively to speak about totally different story concepts for the 2022 season. As one would possibly count on when striper fishermen get collectively from three totally different areas of the Striper Coast (New England, Lengthy Island & Metro New York, and the New Jersey, Delaware Bay) the discussions shortly devolved into tactical reviews and private observations.

There’s a time and place for each lure; a blurple darter below the duvet of darkness, a finely-tuned metallic lip when peanuts are getting blasted, and naturally deploying mojos or striper spoons on the boat when in search of private greatest “catch and launch” greatness. However as we started debating the pencil vs. the Polaris and the swim shad over the swimmer, the 4 of us – Dave Anderson, Matt Broderick, Jim Hutchinson and The Fisherman’s writer Mike Caruso – began sorting by means of plug luggage and sort out packing containers to indicate off our favs from the 2021 season.

After greater than 2 hours of arguing, we agreed that the requirements – Little Neck Popper, Hydro Minnow, Smoky Joe Redfin, Maja spoon, Rockfish Sweet, and on and on – have been coated extensively on these very pages in recent times, by boat or by seaside. Fact be advised, in the event you don’t have least two of every of those in your arsenal already, chances are you’ll very nicely be behind the Magic 8 Ball already.

However over the course of the previous 12 months, we every have added a brand new wrinkle or two whereas discovering new openings in plug luggage and sort out packing containers for brand new and improved striper weaponry. And what began as a Prime 5 record, shortly turned a baker’s dozen; and earlier than we hit the 22 for ’22 wall, our crack editorial staff settled upon the next 15 sizzling “newish” striper candies that deserve some consideration from Striper Coast anglers, and maybe a spot in your quiver.

It might begin a number of debates, however we plugged the responses into the aforementioned Magic 8 Ball which responded, You Could Rely On It, so we’re fairly assured about being in the proper neighborhood!

Baitsanity Explorer

A number of the greatest improvements for looking ‘bass’ species come from the multi-billion greenback largemouth bass market. Over the previous 10 years fishing very giant baits for largemouth has actually caught on and these large baits make excellent sense for stripers. Once I first noticed a two-piece glidebait on YouTube I used to be intrigued till I noticed the costs beginning at $200. Baitsanity crashed the scene a number of years in the past with the aim of creating a premium high quality glide that wouldn’t assault the checking account. Briefly order I purchased two. One solid with this bait and also you’ll perceive why they named it the Explorer, even simply turning the deal with sends this lure veering left and proper, and it sinks so slowly you can simply grasp it within the water. My greatest outcomes have come once I tried my greatest to stifle the motion of the lure, I really suppose it strikes an excessive amount of at instances, nevertheless it’s so fluid within the water, so expertly weighted and presents such a big goal that any hardcore plug man goes to like the probabilities and discover a place or state of affairs the place it shines. -DA


Flutter Spoons

One other stable “crossover” from contemporary to salt, the slow-falling flutter spoon has been a extremely efficient match for shiners and gizzard shad on ledges for giant largemouth, trout, walleye and salmon. Named after Tennessee Professional Angler Ben Parker – who partnered with Nichols Lures within the design – these massive Ben Parker Flutter Spoons had been later tailored for “Saltwater Heavy Obligation” motion in 6-1/2-, 8- and 9-inch variations weighing in at 2-1/2, 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 ounces respectively, in a dozen colours and incorporating saltwater grade VMC and Proprietor {hardware}. Not essentially a casting spoon, only a quick flip from the boat once you’re on marks or when stripers are actively corralling bait, with many of the hookups approaching the drop. Whereas the Ben Parker model has been the “go to” providing when flutter fashion jigging alongside the Striper Coast, count on to see a “drift” fashion spoon added to the Tony Maja “trolling” lineup of weaponry someday later this month. Yeah, the key is out! -JH

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DOC Spook

As I made my manner right down to the seaside, I knew in my head I had the proper tide window for a big striper. I used to be a final gentle chew with the proper shifting tide. In entrance of me, I confronted deeper water suffering from boulders, rips and again eddies. For the reason that water was deep in entrance of me, my solid didn’t need to go any greater than 30 yards for it to be in a chief spot. When placing all of those components collectively in my head, I wanted a lure that may get a cow striper to strike out of frustration and deter any smaller bass from taking part in with my providing. The lure for the job was the Doc Spook within the 9-inch mannequin, weighing in at 3.25 ounces and geared up with 4/0 VMC hooks. Whereas I’ve had a lot luck with the 7-inch model, weighting 2.75 ounces additionally, I’ve discovered that the massive brother outperforms its smaller counterpart when focusing on giant stripers. In a short while of working the lure in a “walk-the-dog” cadence, I had hooked and landed two fish round 30 kilos—not dangerous for an hour of casting. After this outing, the Doc Spook earned a everlasting spot in my plug bag. -MB

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Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore TwitchBait

After spending a few hours working a again bay rip with a pal, some recommendation that was given to me earlier within the week abruptly popped into my head. One other surfcaster pal of mine talked about he had excessive success with the Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Twitchbait in the identical spot I used to be fishing. Nothing else gave the impression to be working that day so I handed the twitchbait I had in my bag to my pal who was on the town. Instantly he was right into a striper, then one other after which one after that. This Yo-Zuri lure outperformed another in my arsenal that day. The lure boasts energy treble hooks, a 3D prism end, sharp darting efficiency, an inside hologram sheet, fast response by a hard and fast weighted middle, and hard and sturdy abs resin building. You will discover the bait in 4 totally different sizes that vary from 2-3/4 inch (1/4 ounces) to 5-1/4 inch (1-3/4 ounces) and 14 totally different colour patterns. The twitchbait works greatest with a twitch and pause retrieve. This movement often leads to essentially the most vicious strikes. Strive working the bait in eelgrass flats, mussel beds, troughs alongside the seaside and again bay rips. -MB


Shimano Splash Stroll

Spook-style plugs have been massive in striper fishing for a few years now, however the name for realistic-looking, bigger spooks has by no means been stronger. The street paved by earlier giant walkers has opened doorways for different producers and you must respect Shimano for making an attempt to make one thing that compliments present designs as a substitute of making an attempt to make their very own model of the identical factor. The SplashWalk addresses a number of shortcomings of different well-known spooks – it casts so much higher and it may be fished arduous and quick with out going ‘full porpoise’ on you. Additionally they have a really fishy profile and are available colours that look nearly alive. In my evaluation, the SplashWalk is a dead-middle hybrid between a pencil popper and a spook, you may get the frantic jittering of a pencil or break up your cadence with extra deliberate pops and get a sliding stroll. The colour palette offers you choices to take care of solar circumstances or fish which can be locked in on a selected bait species and its motion versatility will please any plugger. Stripers have proven how a lot they love them, attempt them this 12 months and you’ll too. -DA


Fishlab Mad Eel

One chilly morning within the late fall of 2019 I had the prospect to do some product testing out on Raritan Bay aboard Fin Chasers with of us from FishLab Lures. The stripers that individual November morning had been on peanuts, the heavy side-to-side roll of the then model new Mad Eel provided a fantastic match, sufficient in order that I squirreled away a number of in my jacket pocket to hit the seaside later within the month to “check” once more on the sand eel chew; mission achieved! Accessible in seven colours and 5 lengths from 7-inch (2-1/4 ounces) to 8-inch (5-1/4 ounces), you get one head and two our bodies per packages. What’s good is that every ribbed-belly physique has entry and exit holes with a channel operating the size of the lure, making rigging fast and straightforward. Plus, the jig hook retains fish pinned to the hook, striper after striper. The FishLab Mad Eel has earned a slot in my onboard sort out tray in addition to my plug bag, and phrase is that the Inexperienced Mackerel colour has been a killer in “ditch” circumstances. -JH


Ocean Born Flying Pencill

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I credit score Nick Honachefsky for this one. The Fisherman’s NJ/DE Bay subject editor handed me a few these heavyweight pencils within the fall which I left within the console of my truck. In the course of the fall into winter run on the Jersey Shore in 2021, there have been a number of events when wheeling and diving birds over fish had been only a tad out of attain for my favourite massive woods; the 4-1/8-inch, 2-ounce Flying Pencill mannequin 110SLD did the trick, making its manner from console to plug bag for these distance casting conditions. No, it’s not a typo, the trademarked Flying Pencill with two L’s – for LONG distance I suppose – has been engineered for longer casts, and could be labored on prime with regular retrieve and twitched as you’d a standard pencil, nevertheless it additionally boasts a swimbait fashion motion on sluggish or medium retrieved; the SLD mannequin may also be jigged, making this a singular boat or seaside providing that has a little bit of versatility in many various conditions you’re apt to come across on the striper grounds. -JH

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Savage Panic Pencil

The identify of the Savage Panic Pencil fits it nicely. You probably have used one earlier than, it’s fairly obvious that this lure causes an immense quantity of panic (splashing) on the floor with nearly easy movement. It’s internally-weighted with a big rattle that doubles as a weight switch system, permitting the lure to succeed in most distance on each solid and by no means tumble within the air. Together with all of the water it throws, its “stepped-hull” design attracts air in alongside the plug’s sides to its underside, producing bubbles that sign a visible cue of feeding exercise with out growing the lure’s drag. These lures are absolutely thru-wired, permitting them to carry as much as the largest of stripers, and so they include premium split-rings and 4X hooks that received’t give manner when that fish of a lifetime makes one final brutal run for canopy. This lure is out there in 5-3/4 inch (1-3/4 ounce) and 6-1/2 inch (2-3/4 ounce) fashions in seven colours. Don’t be afraid the sling this pencil right into a headwind once you want some additional distance to succeed in feeding fish. -MB


Nomad Vibe

Again in October, The Fisherman was launched a brand new approach known as Vibing. Nomad Designs teamed up with founder Damon Olsen and Capt. Jarad “Dingo” Boshammer to develop Vibing and the required strategies to catch nearly each key US inshore species. Effectively, after listening to a lot about this new manner of catching fish, we needed to put it to the check on our Northeast stripers. We invited “Dingo” out to the Mecca (Montauk) for the height of the autumn run and let me be the primary to inform you stripers are fairly keen on Vibes. What was much more spectacular was that by the top of the journey, six totally different species had been caught on these Vibe lures, together with tautog, that are infamous for feeding on pure baits solely. The Vibes exceeded our expectations and outperformed the standard Montauk favorites. When choosing a Vibe, you’ve got two choices, swim and max. The swim mannequin swims when sinking to mimic a wounded fish after which vibrates when lifted, whereas the max mannequin sinks quick and stage and vibrates more durable on the retrieve. Vibes can be found from 4/5 ounces all the best way as much as their 3-3/5-ounce ‘offshore succesful’ mannequin. -MB


SP Minnow

There are improvements after which there are locations the place innovation isn’t wanted. The SP Minnow makes this record as a result of it has – in my thoughts – formally achieved ‘basic standing’ and that’s no small feat within the striper area of interest the place almost each angler considers him or herself a traditionalist. As conventional as we might need to be, we need to catch fish much more—that’s the secret. Daiwa deserves quite a lot of credit score for incorporating weight-transfer know-how at a time when the one weight transfers in striper fishing had been coming from the water inside your Crimson Fin. Daiwa stepped up and gave us a long-cast swimmer that had a decent swim and caught fish, they gave us dozens of colours, beefed up the {hardware} and even listened to our pleas for an even bigger model. The result’s a plug that striper anglers from complete newbs to highline sharpies all maintain readily available. In the event you haven’t discovered the SP Minnow but, don’t wait one other day; and in the event you’ve in some way forgotten how nice they’re, let this be your reminder. -DA


Tsunami Holographic Sand Eel

Let’s be sincere, when stripers are piling on sand eels the usual providing has at all times been the AVA fashion jig, introduced vertically by boat or on a sluggish retrieve alongside the underside within the surf. There are a selection of molded sand eel baits which have hit the market over the previous dozen or so years, however by far essentially the most life like for my cash is the Holographic Sand Eel from Tsunami. Completely balanced with a three-dimensional holographic glimmer, the Tsunami sand eel is able to toss proper out of the bundle (4 to a pack of 6-inch fashions, two per pack in 7-, 8- and 9-inch). I’ve crushed fish by boat on lumps when bass had been actively feeding on sand eels by simply dropping straight right down to the underside then reeling up a number of toes (drop again and repeat). Within the surf, the smaller 6-inch is nice as a teaser when utilizing a slim metallic as your most important providing; however the bigger the scale the higher the solid, making the 7-inch and above sizes in both black or olive a lethal main match for the hatch. Strive a 6-inch teaser with an 8-inch main when bass are in tight. -JH

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Spro Energy Bucktail

I minimize my enamel on the jetty, a infamous spot for bucktail use. The fellows who taught me at all times preached utilizing a top quality bucktail, one thing with ample hair for a slower sink price, sturdy hooks to carry as much as bigger stripers in a ripping moon tide, and ahead eye placement. The addition of a bigger eye loop helps for easy swaps in the dead of night of the evening. A couple of years again, there have been some inside developments at Spro due to anglers within the subject that answered the calls for of the avid anglers within the Northeast. Spro had created a bucktail that mixed each certainly one of these key components that make a bucktail excellent for striped bass fishing. This lure is out there in 1-, 1-1/2-, 2- and 3-ounce fashions in both white or loopy chartreuse. These are among the greatest weight and colour mixtures you should use when focusing on striped bass. Strive casting the Spro Energy Bucktail uptide and let it sink to the underside; use a sluggish retrieve together with a refined twitch of the rod for greatest effectiveness. -MB


Sebile Magic Swimmer

A few decade in the past I wrote a narrative about regional striper lures, on the time, sure lures simply stayed inside sure areas regardless of their effectiveness on stripers. Within the decade since, social media has given anglers attain that may’ve been unimaginable at another time in striper fishing historical past. On account of our viral society, all the strategies I wrote about in that story have discovered mass enchantment all around the coast. However there’s nonetheless one plug that doesn’t appear to get any play exterior of the place the place its ‘magic’ was found. The Sebile Magic Swimmer (now made by Berkley) went from oddball on the store wall, to reputed striper slayer in a matter of some weeks in the course of the summer season of 2008. That each one occurred within the Cape Cod Canal and it actually hasn’t left the rocky embankments of the Massive Ditch. Let me inform you, it really works, in all places stripers swim. Whether or not you’re crawling it by means of boulders within the evening surf or ripping it at warp pace by means of a bunker blitz, the snakey-swim of this three-piece swimbait has satisfied massive stripers – inside and out of doors the Canal – to eat; and it’s not going to cease working any time quickly. -DA


Mushy Baits

An entire different subject of debate for surfcasters pertains to plug luggage. Personally, I’ve been utilizing the identical Bronco Surf Luggage and AquaSkinz. Lure Luggage for years, and I like quite a lot of pouches for maintaining an assortment of sentimental choices and would by no means hit the seaside at any level of the season with out some Kettle Creek Swing Shads or new choices from Z-Man just like the DieZel MinnowZ Swimbaits or scented Jerk ShadZ. A bundle or two of Gulp or Fishbites Battle Golf equipment tucked inside will turn out to be useful in quite a lot of conditions as nicely. When it comes to jigheads, I began utilizing the Z-Man Striper Eye variations in 3/4- to 1-ounce fashions so much this previous fall; superior hook-keeper and tremendous life like eyes. However when heavier shows are wanted within the 2- to 5- or 6-ounce vary, search for bullet-headed MagicTail Killshot Jigs or Joebaggs SPJ’s with ribbed collar to carry your providing; hit your native sort out store for holographic eyes to boost the look of these Ron-Z, Slug-go’s and different beforehand talked about plastics. You’ve quite a lot of plug slots to fill, however for these different empty areas don’t overlook the delicate baits. -JH


MegaBass MagDraft Freestyle

Talking of sentimental plastics, one other transplant from the highly-innovative freshwater bass fishing world is the MagDraft Freestyle from MegaBass. At first look, they may appear much like different paddletails, however they’re totally different due to design innovation. First off, they characteristic a sensible profile and are available nice colours. The tail portion is elongated and slender with a big paddle, this interprets to accentuated motion and vibration. The physique portion encompasses a deep belly-slit to make hook-setting simpler and a channel on the again to guard the purpose from snagging—you’ll discover that the plastic feels extra like a gummy bear than a delicate plastic shad and that softer materials permits for worry-free hooksets. The MagDraft rigs properly on a weighted 6/0 Proprietor Beast Hook, I’ve actually favored utilizing the Proprietor Flashy Swimmer with them as nicely. Of their present 6-inch configuration, they’re a fantastic bait for backwater bassing within the spring and likewise an exceptional search bait for the summer season and fall. The profile and rigging versatility is why I like them a lot, they provide a glance I can’t get wherever else and so they catch fish. What else can we ask for? Let this be my official request for the 8-inch model to be launched! -DA

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