How Many Rigs Are Too Many?

How many striped bass rigs do you take with you?

When I am jump-fishing for striped bass, I take at least four rods rigged and ready to go with me, and have the close at hand. Jump fishing is fast and furious, and you don’t want to waste time re-rigging a rod when the action is hot and heavy. The striped bass will only be near the surface for a few minutes before they dive back down and search for another school of shad to assault from below. In-between melees is when you tend to your gear, re-rig, have a sip of coffee, or whatever. Take care of your business, then be ready for another feeding frenzy.

I only fish with one rod at a time. I sometimes have as many as 10 rods rigged and ready to go. Striped bass can be maddeningly size-consious, so I have many of them rigged with different sizes of Sassy Shads, and I also alternate colors between chartreuse, and white and grey. So if I am not getting strikes, I grad a
rod rigged with another color or size, with no break in the action. Likewise a broken line of rig, I just set it aside and grab another, and keep fishing. I fix them after the action has died down.

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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