4 tips to use when fishing stripers

Stripers are a popular gamefish that is sought out by men and women of all skills levels. This species is fished for both sport and because they make a great meal. Once you hook a striper they’ll put up a fight the whole time you’re reeling them in. This is one of the reasons why so many anglers seek them out.

Stripers are the largest member of the bass family that’s distinguished by the seven or eight solid black horizontal stripes running along its silvery sides. They’re an olive-green color on the back and have a white belly. However, the stripes are often broken or not visible on young striper measuring less than six inches in length. It has a large mouth, two spines on its gill cover and very sharp spines on the first dorsal fin.

Stripers are considered a challenging species that can be difficult to catch at times but with the right preparation, you can reel in a nice catch. They can be caught anytime but they tend to be more active during the night. They have sharp senses and can see very well in both the daytime and at night because their sight will adapt to the light conditions.

For this reason, they feed and can be caught most anytime but it’s also one of the reasons they’re so hard to catch. If you’re not careful they can see your fishing line or the hook sticking out of the bait and they won’t strike. Instead, they’ll swim off in the opposite direction.

Striper Fishing Tips

When fishing for stripers, it helps to know as much as you can about them and how they respond in different situations. For example, they’re a migratory fish that will swim in groups that average about the same size. Therefore, if you catch one, there will most likely be more nearby averaging the same size. They don’t see

colors so it’s hard to choose a lure based on color alone but they do see shades and reflections. The more you learn about them, the easier it will be to find and entice them to take your bait.

Here are 4 more tips to use when fishing for stripers that can increase the number of bites you get:

1. The best time to fish for saltwater stripers is when the tide is moving in or immediately after a low tide. Look for them around river mouths, shallow bays and along the rocky shorelines. Casting and surf fishing are two excellent techniques to use when fishing from the shore.

2. Trolling is one of the best ways to catch stripers from a boat. Keep your lines about one hundred yards behind the boat and troll at about four to six knots keeping the boat moving at a steady pace.

3. If you’re fishing with live bait, your best choices include blood worms, shiners, shrimp, threadfin shad and sardines. If you use live bait, make sure it’s fresh or you won’t get the results you’re after.

4. When fishing with lures, you’ll get the best results when using jigs, spoons and diving plugs. Choose the ones that are similar to the baitfish the stripers feed on naturally for the best results.

Always choose your bait based on the size of the stripers you expect to be in the area where you’re fishing. It helps to experiment a little in size by going up and down until you discover which one is getting the most bites. Normally, large bait attracts the largest fish but it also limits the number of bites that you get because the smaller fish will ignore it.

More about Stripers

You can never gain too much information about stripers because the more you know, the more successful you can be. Stripers have been known to grow to some enormous sizes and weigh up to one hundred pounds. Of course, the conditions must be perfect for them to get this big and the majority of anglers will never encounter one this size. The average size is ten to fifteen pounds but it’s possible to reel in one weighing up to fifty pounds when fishing in the right conditions.

Spawning season starts in early spring and last until the early part of summer. It usually begins when the water reaches about sixty-five degrees. As with any

species, they are the most active during this time and it’s the best time of year to go fishing.

Striper fishing is a lot of fun and it can get very exciting when you hook one and start reeling it in. You do have to be patient when seeking out this species because sometimes, it’ll take awhile before they start biting. However, the fight they put up makes the wait worthwhile. Use the tips above to help you catch more fish each time you head out to the water and have a great time reeling in those stripers.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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