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CT River schoolie stripers

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Hey guys, wondering if you could help me out a bit...

Two nights ago I decided instead of going for sluggish LMB in my local ponds to fish a little cove off of the CT river for some stripers.  I fished from shore.  I've never really chased schoolie stripers before, and I really don't know anything about them at all.  I couldn't get them to hit my topwaters, so I tied on a 4 inch Storm swimbait and ended up getting three fish, biggest about 6 lbs.  Those babies can fight - the 6 lber went on 4 or 5 runs pulling out a good bit of drag  ;D (drag was set about 8 pounds, using 15lb PowerPro).  Anyway, I went out again last night and got one single hit over 2.5 hours, and caught no fish.  The place I'm fishing is the little canal-type thing that leads from the CT River to a cove called Wethersfield Cove, and the fish were caught under a bridge where the streetlights shine down into the water.  

Is this time of year in CT not very productive for stipers in these types of areas?

What types of lures would you recommend?

Do colors matter as much for stripers as for LMB?  

I'm thinking the reason I didn't get any last night is because there just weren't as many fish there as there were two nights ago.  It was also significantly colder last night than the night before.  What do you think?

I'm gettin' desparate here trying to find fish I can catch at night now that it's getting colder.  I work during the day during the week so night fishing is my only option until the weekends.  I'd love to be able to go out a couple nights a week and have a good shot at catching some schoolies.

Any help is much appreciated.

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Since your target is sometimes a ways out, I would choose a lure that you can cast maximum distance. Two lures I would suggest are the LC Pointer 128, NC Shell White or Original Tennessee Shad; and LC LV-Max500, Chartreuse Shad or Ghost Minnow.

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mm schoolies, i love em i fish @ castle island boston.

I usually try chunking with one pole

and a spoon or a rapula on another pole

also try and catch some live bait, works 200% better

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Is this time of year in CT not very productive for stipers in these types of areas?

What types of lures would you recommend?

Do colors matter as much for stripers as for LMB?  

I'm thinking the reason I didn't get any last night is because there just weren't as many fish there as there were two nights ago.  It was also significantly colder last night than the night before.  What do you think?

I'm gettin' desparate here trying to find fish I can catch at night now that it's getting colder.  I work during the day during the week so night fishing is my only option until the weekends.  I'd love to be able to go out a couple nights a week and have a good shot at catching some schoolies.

Any help is much appreciated.

IMO-Color is about as important for stripers as it is for LM,....Not very.  

The biggest factor for targeting tidal river schoolies is depth and feeding times.  If the biters are around, it's a melee.  If they are random, it's all about finding the column they are using and targeting it with the appropriate (depth) baits.

Seriously, don't stress on color.  whir/ red ot silv/blk are always good enough,.....if fished at the right depth.

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