Three fishing secrets to catch striped bass

If you’re searching for a unique species that can grow to some amazing sizes, consider fishing for the striped bass. This is a very strong and active species that will fight hard and make fishing interesting and fun. It’s classified as a true bass and is actually the largest of the sea bass family. The striped bass can grow very quickly and they can reach some amazing sizes. This makes them an excellent species for the experienced angler or anyone seeking a thrilling and unpredictable fishing trip.

This species is olive-green in color with a white belly. It can be distinguished from other species by its seven to eight horizontal stripes which are located on both sides, the two sharp points on both gills and the two distinct tooth patches on the back of the tongue. The spiny dorsal fin is also separated by soft rayed portions which is another distinction of the true bass.

Three Striped Bass Fishing Secrets

The striped bass is considered a challenging species and they can often be difficult to catch. After fishing for this species awhile, you’ll begin to learn little things about them that will help to improve your productivity and increase the number of fish you can reel in on any given trip. If you’re new to seeking out this species, the three secrets to catch striped bass listed below can help you get off to a good start:

1. When seeking out the larger trophy fish, go fishing at night. This is when they will be the most active and easiest to catch. There are fewer distractions from other fishermen and boaters during the nighttime hours creating a peaceful environment where the fish feed like crazy. Do not use lanterns and other types of light to shine into the water when night fishing for the striped bass because this will scare this species away instead of drawing them to your location.
2. Shad is the best bait to use when fishing for striped bass and they will take it whether the bait is alive or dead. This species doesn’t seem to matter either way as long as it’s a meal. Shrimp, herring, clams, bloodworms and mackerel are the next best options to use when fishing with live bait and crankbait, plugs and spoons are the best artificial lures to try. Whichever bait you decide to use, handle it as little as possible because this species has a keen sense of smell and if they smell you, they won’t take the bait.
3. It’s a good idea to learn all you can about the food source of the striped bass before going fishing. This species moves around all the time and can hardly ever be caught in the same location twice within a short period of time. This makes finding them more difficult than some of the other species you’ll encounter. However, they do like to stay close to their food source and have a tendency of following the baitfish around. Therefore, if you know what baitfish to look for, it will be easier to find the striped bass.

This species will scare rather easily and since they prefer clear water, this means that you have to be careful when fishing for them. Don’t move around a lot when close to the fish and keep the noise down. If they see you or hear you, they will swim away. You’ll also need to make sure the bait covers the hook completely because if they see it sticking out of the bait, they won’t take it.

Basic Information about Striped Bass

There are many techniques that can be used to catch striped bass such as casting, drift fishing and surf fishing but trolling is considered one of the best when fishing during the summer. The bass will be out in the deeper parts of the water during this time of year and this technique makes it easier to find them faster.

Choose good quality, strong gear when fishing for this species. Since they can grow to some very large sizes and they will put up a fight, anything else would be wasting your time. Your fishing line is very important as well. If it’s not heavy enough, it could easily snap into under the weight and struggle of this fish.

This species can be unpredictable and challenging but that is what makes seeking them out so much fun. Look for them around structures, estuaries, inlets and around banks during the spawning season and never be afraid to experiment a little with different techniques and baits.

Always exercise caution when fishing. It can be very exciting and easy to get caught up in the moment when out on the water reeling in a nice catch but it can also be dangerous. This is not the place to let your guard down and get careless. Obey the rules and regulations so you can have a safe and productive striped bass fishing adventure you can share with others for a long time to come.

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