Surfcasting For Striped Bass (With John Skinner)


John Skinner just might be the best striped bass fisherman in the world.

He routinely catches monster stripers from shore (he’s even caught stripers over 50 pounds!) and is one of the most sought-after speakers about how to catch them.

And guess what?

Today, he’s sharing a ton of tips with us about how to catch stripers from shore.

Whether you’re fishing bays, creeks, beaches, or inlets, this podcast episode will help you out.

Here’s a sneak peak of what we covered:

  • How to read a beach to find feeding striped bass (and how to make adjustments if you don’t find them right away)
  • The best lures to use for striped bass — this depends on the conditions
  • The surprising answer he gave to a seminar attendee when asked, “How long do you stay at a spot if you’re not getting strikes?”
  • The best tides and currents for striped bass
  • And much more

You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I recommend since we show some great striper spots), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from my conversation with John Skinner about surfcasting for striped bass:

2:53 – How to find fish off a seemingly endless and featureless beach

4:27 – How long to stay at a spot before you move to a new spot

5:45 – How to find structure along a beach

7:48 – How often (and when) to change bucktail weights

15:15 – The truth about “spot burning”

18:30 – The best type of spot (rocky shorelines, bays, creeks, sandy beaches, or inlets) to catch striped bass

21:05 – How to avoid losing bucktail jigs when fishing heavy structure

23:57 – When to catch striped bass in the northeast

25:45 – The best thing you can do in the offseason to step up your fishing game

30:21 – The best lures for striped bass

35:53 – The best tides and currents for striped bass

40:09 – John teases his next course!


I always love talking to John about fishing!

He’s a true master of surfcasting, but still humble, helpful, and remembers what it’s like to be a beginner.

If you want a copy of his striped bass and fluke mastery courses, go to

Both of these courses are just like sitting on the boat or beach right next to John as he shows you what he’s doing and why as he catches fish after fish.

Have any questions about catching striped bass?

Let me know down in the comments!

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William Gombos
3 years ago

He’s the man… love his fluke videos.

Lara Delorenzo-Sims
3 years ago

Looking forward to the Bucktails and Blackfish info. I definitely need help with my Blackfish game. Thank you Salt Strong and John Skinner.

Billy Ackerman
3 years ago

Heck yeah! I vote yes to Bucktails and Blackfish. Great podcast. John Skinner you are my fluking hero!

Caden Kaufman
3 years ago

U took that one poster’s advise! Great job salt strong! A site that actually listens to requests. He wanted John Skinner and you gave it to him great job!!!!!!


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