Striped Bass Fishing Tackle for Freshwater.
If you are already a Black Bass fisherman you really don't have to depart too far from your regular Black Bass tackle. It will also depend if your preference is live bait, artificial lures or a combination of both.In open reservoirs where Striped Bass may weigh from 15 to 40 pounds and you are using a combination of downlines and flatlines, 6 1/2- to 7 1/2-foot medium-heavy action baitcasting rods and wide-spool reels such as Garcia Ambassadeur 6500s or Shimano 400 series with 15- to 25-pound mono are more than enough.
Snaggy rivers or lake areas where big fish are a possibility, use 7- to 8-foot medium-heavy to heavy baitcasting rods, Ambassadeur 6500 or Shimano 400 series reels and 30 to 40 pound mono. If you use braided line for stripers, keep in mind that these superlines have almost zero stretch; youll need to compensate by using softer-action rods than youd normally use with mono.
Below are a few suggestions of the proven types and colors used for catching Stripers.
I believe the best bait is the one.. "YOU"... have the most confidence in and fish with persistence.
As for Striped Bass lures, select your lures to do a specific job. An assortment of topwater, shallow running crank baits, medium running crank baits, deep running crank baits and bottom bouncers (spoons & jigs) will all be needed.
Topwater baits such as the striper or bass size Zara Spooks, Redfins, or Rapalas in chrome, bone or trout will do the trick.
Shallow running crank baits like the Super Rogue or Rapalas in chrome/blue chrome/black or Trout patterns are good choices.
Medium depth crank baits, such as Rattletraps in 1/2, and 3/4 ounce sizes will be needed.
A deep diving crank bait such as the deep diving Rebel minnow or Storms Thunderstick in chrome/blue, chrome/black, shad or Trout patterns do well.
Jigs such as bucktails or Sassy shads in a variety of sizes are hard to beat.
Notice a trend in Colors I like to K.I.S.S.
like to use standard largemouth fishing tackle, a good quality medium heavy spinning or
casting rod 6/7 foot. If you are a flyrod angler, a good 8/9 flyrod will handle the
stripers nicely. Match it up with a quality reel. For Live bait or cut bait I suggest a
reel with a clicker...You will learn to love the sound of a screaming clicker. If you set
rods out with no clickers you might not like the site of your rod flying into the depths.
When using artificial lures, most Striped Bass are caught during periods of low light, stripers are sometimes repelled by strong light sources. The lower intensity of light
brings them and their huge appetites into the shallows where theyre easier to catch. While in shallow water, however, they tend to be very spooky. Too much noise will make
them vacate an area in a hurry. The best chance to catch striped bass on Top water is during Sept-April when stripers tend to feed more to the surface with regularity boiling
the water like the inside of a washing machine.
More Bait Tips
When drifting bait, a bow-mounted graph with its transducer attached to your trolling motor is a great help in pinpointing bait fish and stripers along with bottom structure.
Stripers sometimes hit a bait so hard its incredible, the impact can break the line. Check your drag regularly to prevent sticking.
Use an un-mounted bilge pump and hose to drain the water from your bait tank and replace it with fresh water as needed. Clean the tanks filter regularly during the fishing day.
if you dont see stripers on your graph, dont panic -- look for big schools of baitfish instead. The stripers wont be far behind.
Use circle hooks when live bait fishing. Remember with circle hooks you don't have to cross their eyes when setting the hook. If the water is cool, the fish can be released alive. More on Striper Catch and Release
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