March is finally here and it is time for Spring. Two patterns will develop in March. Some of the stripers will be in the creeks and some of the stripers will be in open water. It is hard to say which will be holding more fish.
The stripers in the creeks will be feeding on shad and herring. The stripers in the main channel will be feeding on herring. For best results, rig up several freeline rods. The proper set up for the herring is a 7 foot Shakespeare Striper rod paired with a Penn Squall 20LC reel spoiled with 15 pound Trilene Big Game line. Tie on a five foot 12 pound Trilene 100% Flourocarbon leader, Spro Power Swivel and a 1/0 Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap hook. For the shad, use the same Shakespeare rod and Penn reel set up but use a 4/0 to 6/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hook depending on the size shad. At times, a stinger hook like a size 1 Gamakatsu treble is also necessary if the shad is 10 inches or more. Drop these baits back a 100 feet with no weight. At times a balloon is also necessary to keep the bait near the surface. Planer boards like the Water Bugz Boards are also key to keeping the baits spread out.
If you prefer artificials, cast a Spro 3/8 ounce Prime bucktail in the back of the creeks. If the fish are very shallow, go to a 1/4 ounce Spro Prime bucktail. If the water is stained, throw the chartreuse Prime Bucktail. If the water is clear, throw the white Prime bucktail. The Capt. Mack Farr jig is also a great option. Cast these bucktails on a 7 foot medium Penn spinning rod paired with a Penn Conflict 3000 or Penn Battle 3000. Ten pound green Trilene Big Game is the standard line. The most common mistake is too heavy of a line