as water temps climb then i switch to live bait(more bunker than clams,not to say they wont work.I bring both baits with .)Chumslicks are put out also.Using clams will give you a chance to land drumfish.Far as eels and hearring it wont hurt to have them in the water .But bunker or clams is a sure thing
Early in the spring when things are just starting in the Del bay, use fresh surf clam. As the spring season progressess in the DB bunker does the job on the last of the migrating fish, but bunker fishing is not my priority in spring unless its alive, same as herring. Chunking bunker in the spring is not the game, at least for me.
In the fall, fresh bunker chunks is all ya need.
Plus a fishfinder rig, some flouro leader and a sharp hook.
depends what they are feeding on that the present time ive limited out on bunker in D Bay and then not a bite the next day on bunker just on clam and then sometimes they bite on both. keep them both in your ice box for use. Sometimes id take clam over bunker because it does keep those nasty blues at bay and gives the bass a chance to get the pair when their around.
In late March through much of April clams seem to work best in the mid to lower bay. Big, live, fresh clams always work best. Latter part of April through May fresh bunker chunks have always done well for me. If you can obtain some fresh herring and you fish above Fortesque, that really works great, as the herring usually are in the Delaware River March/April. As always, the best bait to use is what is swimming in front of the striper at a given time or season. I;m only scratching the surface (no pun intended) on this subject, and I am sure many more anglers will add their own ideas. Good luck! Ken
bait depends on water temps. when temps are below 50 deg. soft baits such as clams or blood worms work best. stripers digestive systems work slower. they need softer foods. when temperatures climb into lower to mid 50s. bunker is the bait of choice