Jig the Rips for Fall Striped Bass in Southern New England

Capt. Tom Migdalski Shares a Photo Essay Demonstrating this Successful Tactic

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Whether by trolling or drifting, fishing leadhead bucktail jigs is one of the most productive methods of catching large, daytime striped bass in southern New England. Rips — large or small — hold baitfish like squid, which bucktails imitate. And those baitfish draw big, lazy stripers, waiting for an easy meal to sweep up the structure past their noses. You can purchase Capt. Tom Migdalski's book, Fishing Diamond Jigs and Bucktails, here.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Scenic lighthouse at Plum Island, NY. The big rip (in foreground) that builds here (in Plum Gut) on each tide is very productive for drifting bucktails off three-way rigs for daytime bass.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Conventional tackle and bucktails at the ready.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Leadhead parachute-type jigs are designed to imitate medium to large squid. This squid dropped on deck from a large striper’s mouth; the similar-looking lure was what hooked the fish.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Hooked up! Fishing the rips produces again.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Chartreuse did the trick for this eager bass.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Welcome aboard!Capt. Tom Migdalski
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White jigs also produce well.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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A big striper on the line even improves a gray day.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Jigging: simple but productive.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Big bass generate great smiles.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Red-and-white jigs create enticing contrast underwater.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Jigging success!Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Now that's daytime drama!Capt. Tom Migdalski
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The end game for another sow.Capt. Tom Migdalski
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Rigged, jigged and caught!Capt. Tom Migdalski