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Tips on Locating and Catching Striped Bass

If you have not had an opportunity yet to fish for Striped Bass, you need to do so – it is so much fun. Take a look at a map of the area you want to fish and locate narrow areas or areas that come to a “bottle neck”. Stripers are constantly on the move & these narrow bodies of water will automatically attract Stripers, as they pass by.

Tips on locating Striped Bass

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Take a look at a map of the area you want to fish and locate narrow areas or areas that come to a “bottle neck”. Stripers are constantly on the move & these narrow bodies of water will automatically attract Stripers, as they pass by.

This is why bridges areas are so productive. Typically, the bridge area is the “bottle neck” and the Stripers need to pass through. Also, bridges typically have plenty of structure under them, and this helps keep the Stripers there longer.

Bridges are only one type of bottleneck. Anytime your body of water narrows out, this presents an opportunity. Look for these areas as one option to include in you consideration of “hot spots”.

Structure and Bait Fish

Striped bass love structure and they love to eat.

Look for areas on a map that show drop offs & rocks – this is a winning combination of structure for Striped bass. Shorelines are a great place to look for this sort of structure. Start by looking at points along a shoreline, as these areas typically have rocks and points typically have shallow water, with deeper water on either side of the point – a perfect combination.

If structure is not common in your area, then look for bait fish. Anywhere you see schools of bait fish - chances are there will be Stripers around. Stripers are voracious feeders and always on the prowl for food.

Spoons, jigs & body baits are great lures for Stripers

"Largest striper I've ever landed, caught while casting a green mackerel Viper Spoon from shore baited with a whole squid."

When it comes to jigs, bucktails get the nod. A mix of black, white & red bucktail on a jig, makes for a great combination for Stripers.

With Spoons, the size SP5 Viper Spoon is ideal as it will accommodate a variety of bait and thus gives you the best of both worlds – you have the flash & flutter of the spoon, and the enticement with the trailing bait.

Jigging spoons are also very effective for Stripers. When using Jigging spoons, you will want to jig them at a depth below the blue fish and above the bottom fish. The Boa Jig’r is a great choice here, as it also accommodates bait.

With Body baits, Stripers love to attack long, slender body baits, so these get the nod over short, stocky ones. Stripers will aggressively take body baits when worked as a top water lure, but if there are any blue fish around, they will also attack your bait – so consider a body bait that will dive to a depth below the blue fish.

Stripers will typically be located right under the blue fish in the water column. The blue fish will attack any bait above & the stripers will be below, waiting for any remains to drop down for an easy meal.

When it comes to Striper fishing, I absolutely love it! Until next time, good luck and good fishing.

Ivo




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