by Lenny Rudow
From the Bay Bridge to the Choptank to Cove Point to Point Lookout, summer fun begins with a livewell full of spot and ends with a cooler of kickin’ stripers. You want to get the fish snapping this season? Live-lining is the ticket to bent rods—here’s how it works.
Before you put live bait on a hook, you’ll have to go and catch it. But spot isn’t the lone option; white perch and bunker will also work for tempting those stripers—though for the past few seasons, the fish have definitely preferred spot, then bunker, then perch, in that order. When fishing for stripers in the 18” to 26” class 3” to 6” baits are about right, and when targeting larger fish, look for 5” to 8” baits.
Spot and perch can be caught fairly easily, by fishing bloodworm bits, grass shrimp, or artificial bloodworms (like Fishbites) on