Pro Talk: Big Soft Baits For Block Island Sound Stripers

15 Minutes with: Brian Yacino


Here’s what we learned…Block Island Stripers Hogy Eels


Location: East End Fisher’s Island, Block Island Sound – New York

Tides: High slack at sunrise.

Approach: This area of Block Island Sound can hold big fish during the fall. We would motor our boat in tight to the shoreline, cut the engine and let the wind begin blowing us out as we cast along the boulder field. Early morning allows a good chance at big fish that may just have finished their nighttime feeding. The biggest fish came right before and during sunrise.

Rigging Selection: X-Strong Hogy Jig Heads

Bait Selection: Hogy 14inch Original Series

10inch Blamber Barb Jig






Why this bait? There were a lot of medium grade fish that were eager to eat smaller offerings. After catching lots of fish in the upper 30-inch range, we decided to upgrade our bait size to try and catch a larger class of fish. The pictured fish was the largest caught on this trip.

Big Yacino Striper Hogy Lures Block Island

This large bass was released immediately after photos were taken.

Colors: Amber was used as an eel imitator color.

Retrieve: A medium – fast bouncing retrieve was used to jig the bait across the shallow boulder field. The faster you worked the larger baits, the more aggressive of a response we had from big fish.


Rod: G.Loomis 8’ 3” Escape Series Spinning Rod

Reel: Penn 6500 Spinning Reel

Line: 50-pound test Power Pro Braid

Leader: Seaguar 50-pound test fluorocarbon. Spro 130-pound test barrel swivel – Uni knot from leader to lure.

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3 comments on “Pro Talk: Big Soft Baits For Block Island Sound Stripers
  1. Name Russ says:

    Magnificent fish. Great notes. Glad she’s back to spawn another year. Hope you get many more.

  2. These large soft baits are killer on stripe bass and other big game fish.

  3. That is a gorgeous fish. She looks like she fought hard.
    Thank you for releasing her… BCR Macungie PA.

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