Four fishing secrets to use on stripers

Stripers are an amazing species that experienced anglers enjoy fishing for when they’re looking for an exciting time on the water. You can easily identify them by their olive green color, white belly and the 7 to 8 horizontal stripes running along their sides. They have soft-rayed portions that separate their dorsal fin, two sharp points found on the gills and two distinct tooth patches found on the tongue. They’re considered a “True Bass” and they’re a popular game fish.

Many anglers seek out this species because of the excitement, challenge and the rewarding feeling they create when you get one hooked on the end of your line. Stripers are the largest species in the bass family and they’re often called striped bass.

Due to the immense struggle stripers put up when you hook one, it’s important to learn all you can about this species and as many fishing secrets as you can. Regardless of your skill level or experience with stripers, you can always learn something new that will improve your chances of reeling one in.

Learning some of the secrets and tips that’s passed down from experienced anglers will save you a lot of time when learning how to fish for this species. You’ll already have a good head start instead of having to learn everything from scratch, which will give you time to experiment with techniques and different baits.

Here are four fishing secrets to use on stripers that really work:

1. Night fishing is the best- Stripers are more active after the sun goes down so fishing at night will lead to more success than fishing during the middle of the day. Unlike other species of fish, shining a light into the water will not attract stripers. In fact, it will have the opposite effect and the light will send them swimming away. However, fishing in the early morning, around sunset or even on overcast days can be effective too.
2. Shore fishing is just as good- Unless your heart is set on taking a boat out onto the water you should look closer to the shore. Stripers like to hide in shallow water and wait for their next meal. This means that areas around piers, rocks, logs, drop offs and grassy areas are excellent places to drop in your line. The fact that a fish this large tend to stay around the shore is a surprise to many people.
3. Use the right bait- You can catch this species with artificial bait but live, freshly caught bait is highly recommended. Look for sea worms, eels and herring for a great start or just use some of the smaller species swimming around in the area where you plan to fish. Don’t handle the bait more than necessary since your scent can be transferred onto it and the fish won’t strike if they smell you.
4. Don’t scare them away- Stripers may be big and fight hard but they are easily scared away by anything out of the ordinary. If you plan to take home one of these trophies, you need to be quiet and have patience. To go along with their excellent hearing, they have extremely good eyesight. Make sure the hooks are completely covered by the bait so it’s not sticking out or this species will notice.

These secrets can help to make your fishing trip more fun and productive. Since this is a hard species to catch, you can benefit from any information you can gather about them. Here are a few more tips that can add to your success:

* Stripers live most of their life in the saltwater but adult stripers will move into the freshwater channels and rivers during spawning season.
* You’ll have the most luck catching this species when the water is between 55 and 68 degrees. When the water temperature drops into the 40s, the bites will slow down because they don’t care much for cold water.
* This is not a species for the inexperienced angler because of their amazing size and the struggle they’ll put up.
* They may be a large species but this doesn’t interfere with their ability to swim fast. They use their tails to help them maneuver through the water and they can really move when they want to!
* Stripers will hide out around structures and ambush their prey but occasionally, they’ll chase after bait.
* Learning through trial and error is the only way to become a great fishermen so get out there on the water as often as you can.

Practicing the catch and release method is a great choice when fishing for stripers unless you’re trying to catch dinner. When you release the fish back into the water you allow them to live, grow and spawn to ensure the future of this species. If you do plan to keep the fish you catch, be sure and review the laws in your area regarding 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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