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This special time to catch striped bass so
near the surface on topwater jerk baits
has long been called the “Redfin Sea-
son,” in reference to the Cordell Redfin
bait which is the hands down favorite
top side offering this month. With the
possible exception of a musky or a huge
northern pike, no freshwater fish attack
a surface lure as viciously as the striped
bass. When attacking a surface lure from
below, 40-pound striper often erupt
completely from its watery world. It is
even more common for these aggressive
fish to launch into the air first so they
can to come down to pound bait before
actually grasping it in its jaws. However it
might happen, when a big stripers wolfs
down a surface lure, anglers experience a
wild rush of adrenaline.
Armed with the correct surface lures,
sturdy tackle, and know-how, this is re-
garded by many as the best of all times
to cast for striped bass. Catching 20
to 40 pound stripers is great fun, but it
often requires hard work and persistence
not typical to live bait fishing for these
gamesters. When using artificial lures,
dedication and hundreds of casts often
are required to get a single heart-stop-
ping strike. But once you experience
this thrill, you are hooked and know it is
worth all the effort.
When late spring, post-spawn striped
bass congregate in the shallow, shore-
line water, one of the top techniques
for them is slowly working large min-
now-type topwater lures near points or
underwater islands. Topwater lures such
as the Cordell Redfin are retrieved very
slowly. When the water is glassy smooth,
the goal is to produce a steady “V”wake
as you crank in the bait. It is vital that the
lure remains on the surface while wig
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