I decided to take a trip down to Orleans to try and catch some stripers. My Da's friend knows the guy who owns Reel Deal Charters, so he set up this trip for us. We left the dock at 6 am, and got to the spot at about 6:30. We were using big metal jigs with green tails on the hook. Our technique was to drop the jig down to the bottom, and jig it back up aggressively. For the first hour or so, the fish finder was littered with marks. As soon as our jig hit the bottom, a fish would bite it. It was unbelievable, most of the stripers were in the 36-38 inch range. The smallest was 30 inches, the largest was a 41 incher caught by my Dad's friend. My best striper was 40 inches. There were also bluefish, and they were all 30+ inches. After the first hour, the striper action slowed down, and the damn dogfish started to find us. Combined, the four of us on board ended up with about 40 fish, including striped bass, bluefish, and dogfish. Hands down some of the best fishing I've ever done. I shot a number of videos, and will post a link as soon as I get them on YouTube.
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