Originally Posted by KayakStripers
I went out yesterday for the morning in Rockland co area. It was nice fishing weather. I was mostly scouting around this trip. The main river was 48 degrees and I found some areas up to about 53 degrees. I saw a guy anchored up that looks like he caught a decent number of herring and maybe 1 or 2 small schoolie stripers.
I saw some scattered bait around, and only found good looking marks over one deep water section ~80-90'. I saw one baitfish surface looking a little spooked and found some good marks underneath. I tried a little bit of casting and then looked like I scared them off when I started the engine to troll. It is pretty typical early spring trip for me, especially since I can't get Hudson stripers to hit any of my productive lures. I might need to give up and just fish bloodworms like everyone else.
Does anyone have luck trolling this time of the year in the Hudson? Many other areas of the country are catching stripers on umbrella rigs, tandem rigs, or large crankbaits (stretch 25/x-rap/daiwa SP).
all of those lures are good providing there is herring in the area, look up http://www.tmancustomtackle.com
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