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Guys,

Does anyone troll in the spring for them? If so, do you guys have any luck. IF so, the same typical spread you used in the fall for them. Thanks guys:)
 

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Many people do troll for them in the spring if they are unable to obtain any live bait. When people go for stripers in the spring they typically go to snag bunker and live line them. When this can't be done, mabey because the bait is down deep or there is no fish biting, many people go on the troll. Usually in the fall people use Shad and eel rigs and also streches. You can still catch some fish with these lures in the spring but most people use bunker spoons. The action is very erratic which causes the strike. Tony "maja" makes great spoons at affordable rates. It comes in white, chartreuse, green and, chartreuse and green. All colors work on certain days but I believe the chartreuse and green is most consistent. You can check these spoons out at ezoutrodder.com
Good luck, hope this helped:wave:


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Guys,

Does anyone troll in the spring for them? If so, do you guys have any luck. IF so, the same typical spread you used in the fall for them. Thanks guys:)
I'm thinking the same thing. I haven't heard of, or experienced a good Spring time bite in the ocean at the usual spots where we whack them in the fall. I know in June the live bunker thing works well up in Central and North Jersey but those fish seem to bypass us somewhere. I'm gonna try trolling Brown Shoal in April/May and see what we can find. We know a big body of spawning fish head up the bay/river every year so I think the bay is a good place to start. I know the Chesapeake guys do very well down there in Spring. The same should hold true for up here I would think.
 

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I have had luck trolling in the Spring with mostly bunker/herring spoons- prefer Reliable over others but the key is troll SLOW and on the bottom- even as the water warms up in May, the bass obviously will not be aggressive like the Fall- also I find shallower water is better than 40-50'.
 

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On the chesapeake we found that the spring stripers feed on the surface as the sun warms the upper water column. Instead of trolling deep, get the lines shallow. We mostly use planerboards for this but light bucktails or parachutes dressed with 9 or 12" sassy shads way way back due the trick.
 

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Although I am still homing my bass techniques, I do feel in the early spring, fresh clams are best and in later spring, nothing beats a live bunker. I have had some great luck trolling for bass in the spring though, in fact my biggest bass to date was caught trolling a stretch plug.

If I am marking the fish off the bottom, I have found the stretch plugs to work really well. Chartreuse, Red & White and Gray and White have done me quite well the past couple springs. Big key is to troll as slow as you can, too fast will only lead to Bluefish.
 
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