John Skinner is the author of Fishing the Bucktail and A Season on the Edge. He’s the creator of the fishing log software FishersLog. He’s a consistent producer of trophy striped bass and holds the current New York State false albacore record.
A nice thing about this time of year is that there is a lot of bait in close. The warm waters might have the striper bite off, but the conditions are perfect to do some fluking from the beach. Most of what you'll catch are shorts, but there are keepers, and you might be surprised by what is swimming in two feet of water along the beach lip. The fish in the picture measured 27 inches and weighed 7.8 pounds. This is a lazy convenient fishery where you can head out with a few Gulp baits in a Ziploc bag and a light bucktailing stick. It's a nice late summer pursuit as we wait for the stripers of the fall run.