Strip Bait Fishing Techniques

Strip Bait Fishing TechniquesStrip baits are popular and effective for trolling. Although it takes more time to rig strip baits than other baits, it can be worth the effort. Most offshore species will readily strike a properly-rigged strip bait. In addition to having a lifelike shape and texture, the strip will emit the odors of real fish. This is a great advantage when trying to catch fish. Practice rigging the strip and try one of the techniques described below.


Difficulty: Moderate

Strip Bait Fishing Techniques

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Whole bonito or mackerel
  • Fillet knife
  • Hook and leader
  • Large bait sewing needle
  • Cotton thread
  • Zip ties
  • Cutoff pliers
  • Trolling tackle
  • Casting tackle
  • Popping cork
Step 1
Catch a suitable fish from which to make the strips. Bonito and mackerel are excellent choices because they are tough and oily, but any fish will work if these are not available.
Step 2
Cut a strip from the belly of the fish that is 10 to 12 inches long. If desired, the strip can be sliced so one end is two separate strips or V-shaped. This style may produce more movement when trolling.
Step 3
Rig up a hook and leader appropriate for the type of fish you are pursuing. Thread 2 feet of cotton thread through a large bait sewing needle. Stitch the strip bait just forward of the hook eyelet. Secure the strip down the length of the hook.
Step 4
Attach the strip with zip ties instead of the thread. Use the zip ties to securely attach the strip to the hook as described above. Use a set of cutoff pliers and trim the tag end of the zip tie flush with the zip-tie body.
Step 5
Use the strip bait while trolling. This method is popular for dolphin, king mackerel and tuna. The strip will deteriorate quickly so replace it frequently.
Step 6
Use the strip bait as a casting bait. Cast the strip into working schools of tuna or king mackerel. Try retrieving the strip at a fast rate to simulate a fleeing bait fish.
Step 7
Float the strip under a popping cork. After casting, jerk the rod tip quickly. The cork will gurgle and splash about on the surface, simulating a wounded or feeding bait fish.

Tips & Warnings

Use caution when working with hooks and needles.


Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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