Originally Posted by Joseph C.
Here's a question for Mr. Barbosa or any of our other boat savvy respondents.
I have an invitation to try fishing with a friend on his boat going out of the Barnegat Inlet tomorrow. I am reasonably sure that there are striper in the area. Not the whole wave of migrators, but some scouts, maybe. How might I best tempt them to strike?
I have some Mojo's and some big bucktails, a few plugs that are troll-able. We could get a clam log and try attracting fish that way. I have experience with snag & drop if bunker make an appearance. Does anyone have any sort of wisdom for me during this transition phase of the season? Boat fishing is a really weak area for me, as you can probably figure.
You'll want to be prepared for at least snag and drop and trolling.
If you find the schools, top water poppers and snag and drop are the first goto's, especially if you see or mark fish on the schools.
If not, then trolling is a way to cover some ground while looking for the schools.
I've not had any experience (good experience) with eeling other than in the local inlet rips, so can't help at all there.
If JB shows up again, he would have better intel, though I think he hangs further north in general.