Creek Chub Fishing Tips

Knuckle-Head - Buy now at
One of my favorite ways to work the Knuckle-Head is to remember there are
no rules in the world of the stripers and blues. The biggest key for me in
working these terrific popping plugs from the surf is to concentrate on
the "foam." For those that may not know what Knuckle-Headfoam is in the world of fishing
the "brine" is the white foamy top of the water's surface after waves
have broken around jetties. Sometimes this foam can be the size of half a
football field...or the size of the driveway...either way foam is good. As the wave passes it leaves a white frothy and foamy surface blocking stripers from seeing above surface and they feel more comfortable. They lose their inhibitions and allow me to work the popper more aggressively to induce ferocious surface explosion on the Knuckle-Head. Sometimes when the pattern presents itself, I won't even cast on the ensuing wave until after it breaks and gives me the foam I need to catch quality stripers. However the opposite is true when fishing the back bays, creeks and marshes of saltwater back bays. I wax to use a more gentle approach and keep, the gurgling and popping loud...but the retrieve slower and gentler. I also prefer a downward motion to my rod action to keep the Knuckle-Head in the water's surface film, thus not taking it out of the water when lifting a rod tip upwards to pop this lure. - Buy Knuckle-Heads now.

Striper Strike - Buy now at
The Striper Strike has long been a staple of the saltwater surfcaster for blues and bass. While this lure sinks, it does give me the weight needed to reach the outer bars where breaking bait and fish gather. The tip here is to work the lure as slowly as you can, but you have to keep the lure on the surface. For stripers Striper Strikethis I preferred and to do so...I hold my surf rod at 11 o'clock and pop with short motions to keep it moving. If bluefish are the target I can lower the rod tip and work the Striper Strike faster to induce more strikes.

Another tip I'll pass along is to use the Striper Strike as the decoy when targeting bonito or albacore from the surf. Bonito and albacore are members of the tuna / mackerel family and their eyesight is too good and they feed on much smaller bait than one would imagine. I remove the tail hook, keeping the front hook in place. I tie a 4-foot section of line from the rear eye of the Striper Strike and attach a small fly or teaser to the line. The Striper Strike does two things for me here. It gets me the distance I need in the cast to reach breaking albies and creates a terrific commotion on the surface as this plug is worked best on a fast retrieve, which is what these gamesters want. The commotion created attracts bonito and albacore and they take the fly because it matches the size of the bait they feed on. - Buy Striper Strikes now.



Rich Johnson

Richard Johnson: Rich grew up in Rockville Centre, Long Island, and started fishing with his father & grandfather. Having fished over 40 years now in saltwater, freshwater & inshore or offshore action, Rich is the creator, host & producer of "The Fishing Line" radio shows heard Saturdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. & Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. on WGBB 1240AM radio, which debuted in May of 1995. Rich also hosts "The Fishing Line" television show" on WLNY NY-55

Rich is professionally licensed by the State of New York State to guide in both freshwater & surf fishing applications and is a member in good standing of the NY State Outdoor Guides Assoc. (NYSOGA). Rich puts on several personal seminars each season drawing over 500 anglers to each one. Rich is a nationally published outdoor writer and a member in good standing of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) & New York State Outdoor Writers Assoc. (NYSOWA).

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