Hickory Shad for Giant Stripers
Season 03 » Show 8
Accompanied by Captain Mark Anderson of Kingfisher Charters, Chris Megan and Andy Nabreski start the day catching 1- to 2-pound hickory shad for the livewell. Nicknamed the “poor man’s tarpon” for their aerial displays, the shad make catching bait an enjoyable practice in its own right. Once the crew secures enough live bait, it’s off to the bassin’ grounds, where a treble hook is worked through the nose of the shad and it is sent to the depths. Using such large baits prevents smaller stripers from getting the hook, so each striper Andy and Chris hook is sure to be a respectable one.
Show Location: Eastern Long Island Sound
Gear: Penn Senator 4/0 spooled with 40-pound-test mono-filament, Medium-heavy boat rod
Hot Bait/Lure: Live hickory shad
Rigging: 60-pound-test monofilament leader attached to a three-way swivel, weighed with a 4- to 8-ounce bank sinker. A treble hook, rather than a single hook, is used to secure the shad.
Captain Mark Anderson