Fishing shows on television often feature striped-bass fishing.
Television shows that regularly feature striped-bass fishing can be found on the following websites:
TV fishing shows on Comcast SportsNet covering New England.
Link to: On The Water TV
TV fishing shows on New England Sports Network and SportsNet New York covering New England and New York. These shows are also carried by Dish Network and Direct TV. Link to: NE Angling TV
TV fishing shows covering New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The Fishing Line
also provides fishing radio shows.
Link to: The Fishing Line
Unfortunately the New Jersey Magazine has ceased operation.
Bill Donovan's Striper
One of the past episodes on a New Jersey Angler Video Magazine fishing show called "Barnegat Light Bunker Dunkin" was especially interesting and informative.
This episode took place in the ocean within sight of Barnegat Inlet on a spring day. The fishermen were Bill Donovan and Darren Dorris.
Schools of menhaden (bunker) are breaking the surface and there are both birds and fish
on them. Bill and Darren slowly motor close to the school of bunker and cast weighted treble hooks
into their midst. They snag numerous bunker and put them in the livewell of their boat. These are adult
bunker, 10 to 12 inches in length.
Next Bill and Darren start fishing by live lining the bunker that they recently snagged. Darren hooks a bunker behind the head just ahead of the dorsal fin, and flips the bunker out into the water. Soon a fish grabs it and starts to run with it. At first the fish is on, then off. Instead of reeling in, Darren lets out more line. Then another fish is on; this time a large striped bass.
They explain that the bunker is first picked up by a bluefish. The bluefish bites off the back part of the bunker and gets off. The forward part of the bunker, including the head, is still on the hook. As it sinks down into deeper water, it is picked up by a striper waiting below. This striper is hooked and soon comes to the boat.
This same routine is repeated numerous times during the show. Once in a while they do catch a bluefish; but they catch many stripers. Some of the striped bass are large like the almost 40 pounder shown in the picture.
The point they make is that the bluefish are on the surface ravaging the bunker. The stripers are down below picking up the scraps, especially the heads.