Chunking Bunker for Striped Bass can be a very productive method for catching that trophy linesider. It is a very simple method that will produce bites in a variety of conditions and different areas of the bay or ocean. Most often this fishing technique is used from an anchored boat but it also can work from areas such as a pier, dock or bridge. Take a Bunker (Menhaden), cut it up into pieces about 2 inches long and throw a few at time into the water, chunking is just as it sounds.
The trick is not to chunk too many at a time, get the Stripers feeding on them but not enough to satisfy their hunger. I find that a dozen bunker will last for about 2 hours of slow and steady chunking, of course if the bite is on it will go much faster. Use a larger piece of Bunker, usually a head or mid-section 4-5 inches wide as a bait with a large 8/0 to 10/0 hook (circle hook or J-hook based on your personal preference) . Drift or cast the baited hook, using a fish finder style rig out behind the boat or away a bit from the pier. Use of a Baitrunner or conventional reel with a clicker is important here so you may leave the reel in free-spool, the fish can pick the bait up and not feel the sinker or drag of the reel.
Find a place to anchor or a spot on a pier where your bait will drift into a hole, the edge of a drop off or a nice rip current and fish it a couple hours before or after the change of a tide. The current slows a bit and your chunks won’t be carried away as fast during this time. I have found that there is no set tide, high or low that will produce all the time, the time of day and season will dictate when they bite. Striped Bass are the most unpredictable of fish when it comes to their behavior, they may bite on the top of the incoming tide one week and the bottom of the outgoing another. Put the time in and you will eventually learn their patterns for the area you are fishing at the time of year you choose to fish it. This will help narrow down the when and where to fish and increase your chances of landing that once in a lifetime Striped Bass.
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