These days you can find anyone and everyone throwing some sort of striper fishing techniques at you. Sometimes you can get to a point of information overload.
Here we give you some tips to get started for a couple of the most popular ways of striper fishing. These fish are so fun to catch and these will get you going quicker.
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To be able to make use of any striper fishing technique you first got to know what to use to get these heavy weights in the boat or on the shore.
For your rod and reel you can go with either a spinning or bait casting setup. Just make sure that which ever one you choose is sturdy enough to handle at least a 15 pound test. If you're striper fishing in the ocean you may even want to go with a heavier line. For that reason most boaters fishing saltwater will tend to go with a bait caster as the spinning reels that handle this heavy of a line will be big and cumbersome compared to a bait casting reel that handles the same pound test.
As with most other bass, stripers will tend to stay closer to the surface during the fall and spring and then go deep during the hotter summer months. For those spring and fall months, you can have some success with top water lures such as poppers and minnow lures that suspend just below the surface. For those summer months, some deep diving crank baits will produce some nice keepers. Also, working some jigs or flashy Roadrunner lures will get get you results.Back to Top
If you truly want to catch a Monster striper your then you'll want to head for the coast. One of the most popular Striper fishing techniques for saltwater is surf fishing. Every year hundreds of fishermen hit the coastlines, especially along the Northeast, in search of that monster striped bass. It's not uncommon to see 15 pound stripers drug out of the surf and on to the shore.
Surf fishing involves just that. Most will wade out into the surf and cast as far as they can usually trying to get just beyond a sand bar. Most of this type of fishing is done with live or cut bait so after the cast you will bring your rod back to the shore and place it in a holder and wait for the bite.
Setups are sold specifically for this type of fishing called, appropriately enough, Surf Casting or Surf Fishing combos. These more often than not consist of a rod 8 - 12 feet in length and a Spinning reel that can handle at least a 25 pound test line. You'll find some of these reels that can handle up to 50 pound line. There are some out there that can handle even more than that but you should be good with the 25 or 50 rated reels.
Once you got your rod you can use some of the above tactics if you plan on using any artificial lures in the surf. Otherwise, if you want to rig for live or cut bait I have found that the easiest way to do this is to buy the pre-made leaders sold at most tackle supply shops. I like to use the ones that are made with the double hook snaps to give me a little extra advantage. I'll rig up with a couple of 1/0 hooks and suitable weight. I like the pyramid style sinkers but there are some sold specifically for sandy bottoms that you may want to try. For bait, any cut bait will get you bites. We've even had success with shrimp.
Of course if you're lucky enough to have a boat or access to one you could really have the chance to pull in some beast heading out into the ocean. Your best bet is to get on with a guide to learn some tricks of the trade and spots in your area.Back to Top
Well we been able to pick up some good striper fishing techniques during our trips to our favorite striped bass fishing spot. We have had some good days a couple of bad days, and some great days when fishing for striped bass. Most of our fishing has been done at good ole Lake Texoma. I believe this is one of the best lakes for striped bass, aka stripers.
Most of our fishing here has been off the bank on the Oklahoma side. A typical day will involve an early start of about 5 to 6 in the AM. This seems to be the best time to get not only some of the first bites of the morning but also the bait.
While I have used some artificial baits while striped bass fishing, I have had the most success with live bait, and not the stuff you buy on the way in. I'm not saying that won't work although some that I fish with will scold you for using that. I just think they are set in there ways, and why not when their ways work!
We use a drag net, also known as a seine net, to scoop out Ghost Minnows and baby Shad. They seem to be abundant in any naturally formed cove up and down the shoreline. You don't even need to go to far out to get them.
We'll rig up using 3 - 4 oz weights and a 1/0 hook. Bait the hook with the minnow or shad through the eye and curl the hook through its flesh to the tail if possible leaving the hook hidden. Sounds kind of wicked when you describe it that way doesn't it, but it works.
You will most definitely hear that this is not the way to go with live bait. Most will tell you that you want to keep your live bait, well, live. And they are correct as I even touch on that in our Fishing Techniques page. But in this particular case, this seems to work better for me when going after the striped bass from the shore. I have just lost too much bait when I hook through the lips or nostrils. But try both and see what works for you.
I'll use a rod no smaller than 6.5 feet with at least 15 pound test line. In this particular section at the lake you can wade into the water a good 20 yards or so. Depending on the weather, you may want a good pair of waders rather than trying to brave the chilly waters. From here if you get a good cast, you can drop your line 60 to 80 yards total from the bank, although you may not even need to go that far. My wife has been successful catching stripers casting directly from the shore, just not as big as what you may see further out.
I got some nice rod/lamp holders at my local Academy store. We rest the rods in pairs spacing them about 10 feet from each other.
Sit back and watch'em strike.
You will definitely know when you got a striped bass on. With these rod holders, you will typically see your rod come up off the ground and either just balance on the holder or be pulled right up to the reel holding on for dear life!
Of course depending on the amount of people and poles in the water we have been able to pull in a couple of cooler fulls during a day of fishing into the evening using this method.
All in all as with any bass fishing tips, the most successful striper fishing techniques differ from one person to the next but you can't argue with results and if your fishing from the bank this "routine" has definitely produced results.Back to Top
As I said earlier, always try as many fishing techniques as you can to find out what works for you. One man's striper fishing techniques may not be yours but you may just stumble across something in the process.
Happy Striped Bass Fishing.
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