Getting the Jump on Stripers

What tips on catching striped bass can you share with me today?

Striped bass in freshwater are large, aggressive, fast moving and far ranging predators. They two goals in life, to eat all the shad they can find, and make little striped bass. In freshwater lakes and rivers, striped bass form large schools that can travel more than 20 miles in one day in their search for shad. They also attack other baitfish like blugills, sauger and the like, but they have a pronounced preference for shad.

Striped bass become more active in winter than other species, especially in the south. The best way to catch them in fresh, or saltwater, is to cruise around with a pair of binoculars. When you see flocks of whirling, diving water birds like gulls, look underneath them, and you will most likely see the water boiling. This means a school of stripers is attacking a large group of hapless shad, and it cutting them to ribbons. Quickly power over close to the spot, but not right on it, shut the motor off and let your momentum carry you into casting range. Then, just toss some 3-5 inch Sassy Shads, or Shad-Raps right into the middle of the melee, and hang on. When that scholl disperses, just look for another one.

happy fishing.


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

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