Ken Freel

Walk the Dog Topwater Tactics for East Coast Stripers

Pencil Popper surf lure

This is the best time of the year for exciting top-water action from the surf, inlet or boat while casting walking topwater lures!

Some things just belong together like peanut butter and jelly, baseball and hotdogs, pencil poppers and striped bass fishing. Consider fall, when weather patterns are often ideal, with clear skies and calm waters – from the surf to farther out—and you have the perfect conditions to cast and retrieve your best selection of topwater striper lures, including Cotton Cordell Pencil Poppers, Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows and Heddon Super Spooks.

Gone for now are the blustery conditions of recent months. High barometric pressure from fronts often means you’ll be able to fish in an ocean that looks more like your local freshwater lake or pond.  And there is no better time than to pull out one of your most effective lures, walking topwater lures!  What exactly are these lures, and why are they so effective for striper fishing? Let’s take a look.

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Surfcasting Basics for Stripers and Bluefish

surf at sunrise

There’s nothing like the thrill of working your favorite beach or jetty with a swimming plug!  Learn how surfcasting can produce great fall fishing action.

Surfcasting artificial baits along your favorite stretch of beach for puts you close to the action! Part of the joy is feeling the waves churn and surge as you cast just beyond the breakers or feeling the refreshing spray as you walk carefully out a jetty. More importantly, surfcasting provides an extremely effective way to catch striped bass, bluefish and other gamefish, especially during fall, when baitfish and gamefish push close to beaches.

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