The Best Ways to Catch Stripers

The Best Ways to Catch Stripers
Whether you prefer bait, artificial lures or fly fishing, you will find striped bass happy to oblige you by taking what you offer.

Rig Up for Bait Fishing

The best way to catch stripers with bait is simple. Use chunks of menhaden or mackerel, squid, clams or worms. Cast your bait into the surf and wait for the fish.

Working the Beach with Lures

The pursuit of striped bass with artificial lures is similar to hunting. Use artificial lures such as bucktails and swimming plugs. Cast your lure into the target area and retrieve slowly.

Fly Rod

Catching striped bass on the fly rod is not the easiest approach, but it is probably the most exciting. A nine weight fly rod is ideal for the task. Your reel should have a good drag system and a sinking line is recommended.

Spinning Rod and Reel

The ideal spinning rod is 7 to 9 feet long. Your reel should hold at least 150 yards of 12-pound test line.

Hook Size

Use 7/0 to 9/0 hooks for large baits and 4/0 hooks for small bait such as worms and clams.

Article Written By Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is a freelance writer with published articles in "Nor'East Saltwater," "Sportfishing" magazine, "Pacific Coast Sportfishing" and "Salt Water Sportsman." As a fishing charter captain, he was also interviewed for a feature in "Field and Stream." Byrne studied environmental science at the State University of New York at Delhi.

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