Southwest Ledge is a legendary fishing spot for big striped bass, and the legend has only grown in recent years as it has produced a reliable summertime bite for trophy-sized fish.
One extremely important note: Part of the ledge lies in federal waters, which are off-limits to striped bass fishing. Pay close attention to your chartplotter, and if you are targeting stripers, only do so within the state boundary.
Trolling with wire line and vertical jigging will produce fish, but far and away the most popular and productive big-fish technique is drifting live eels near bottom structure.
Southwest Ledge is a massive area, so it’s important to use your electronics to narrow down specific pieces of structure and rock piles that are holding fish. The entire stretch, from the shallower, rocky area between the shore and the number “4” red can out to the 3-mile line can be productive.