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PostPosted: March 16th, 2012, 7:31 am 
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I don't often use surface flies while striper fishing. usually only when i see surface activity. Do you guys fish surface flies often ? :D


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PostPosted: March 16th, 2012, 12:14 pm 
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I like to find a nice stretch of smooth water. Watch it and wait for the fish to come tailing through. It looks subtle...almost like a small wave that doesn't look right. Then I fire out a popper. Normally where there is one there are a couple all swimming together. The key is just get a head and beyond and strip like crazy with a popper.

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PostPosted: March 16th, 2012, 1:05 pm 
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I usually start first with a big white deceiver....
When I see fish on the surface a gurgler will be up....
One of my most memorable fish was a bluefish on a gurgler on Race Point many years ago.


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PostPosted: March 16th, 2012, 5:46 pm 
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A gurgler is one of my personal "go to" flies...surface activity or not. Especially at first light.

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PostPosted: March 16th, 2012, 7:33 pm 
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I've never gotten anything more than a boil from a topwater fly or lure.

But with that said, every saltwater fish I have ever caught has been just under the surface.


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PostPosted: March 16th, 2012, 8:40 pm 
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Same with me Geoff. I've had many a swirl but few takes. Yet on conventional gear a popper is death on stripers. Go figure. :roll:


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PostPosted: March 17th, 2012, 12:35 am 
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I'm with Dan. And they work great in full dark, too.

One of the best stripers I ever took was on a Gartside floating minnow on the back side of a breaking wave at Higgins Beach. I could watch that fish through the wave like it was in an aquarium. Awesome.


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PostPosted: March 17th, 2012, 4:45 am 
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Love Gurglers!!!

Personally, the hottest fish ever on my hook was with a gurgler. Plus, I just love fishing them.

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