When snagging bunker to use for bait for striped bass, dont be in a big hurry to bring the snagged bait into the boat. The bass are often right in the pod of bait trying to find a wounded or slow moving bunker. Snag the bait and let it swim with the school. Your snagged piece of bait will behave differently than the rest of the school and stand out as being wounded. It will be a real target for a big striped bass that is lurking beneath the school of bait. Let the big bass eat your bait and the snag hook and hang on for dear life and the fight of your life. This is John Dall working a school of bunker by swimming a live one in the pod.
Lots of anglers have a negative attitude about the culinary rewards of preparing bluefish for the table. I happen to disagree and find that bluefish up to 4 pounds are very tasty but only when they are handled properly after being caught. When I catch bluefish for the table I immediately bleed the fish and get it on ice. The flesh will be firm and sweet when it is cooked and the flavor is excellent. This is Brad Brown of Saltaire with his daughter and a nice load of bluefish and weakfish headed for the barbecue.
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