What new striped bass fishing tactics can you share with me?<

What new striped bass fishing tactics can you share with me?

Striped bass can be caught on any lure or fly that represents their natural prey, such as herring, shad, alewives, eels and squid. Live bait also is productive. Successful methods include surf fishing, trolling, drifting, still fishing and fly-fishing.
Inshore fisherman often troll with ‘Spider’ rigs to locate Striped bass. They will set out as many as 4 or 5 rods, each baited with something different, and troll until they catch one. Then, they will change the other rods to that bait and continue trolling. Another good technique is to rig two jigs of different colors, one above the other, and about 18 inches apart. Then, attach a Popping bobber about 2 to 5 feet above the jigs. Then the whole rig is cast out and allowed to drift, popping the bobber occasionally. This results in many double hook-ups.
The freshwater variety has created many new and exciting fisheries. And It has greatly simplified the task of deciding what bait to use. Freshwater Stripers dine on shad. They follow the schools of Threadfin and Gizzard shad all over large impoundments, Any lure, fly, or jig that resembles shad, and is the right size will catch stripers in lakes and tailraces.. For some reason, freshwater stripers get extremely size conscious about their food, and will ignore anything outside of the size range of the shad they are eating at the time.
Nothing can make your heart stop faster than a large Striped Bass exploding onto a top-water chugger or popper. This is one of the most exciting ways to fish for them. Any of the various ‘pencil’-type poppers will work. One trick to this kind if fishing is called Jump Fishing. When Striped Bass are attacking schools of baitfish near the surface, they injure many minnows that go uneaten. Sea birds will flock over a school of Striped Bass and pick up injured baitfish. When you see a flock of wheeling gulls, chances are you will find Striped Bass underneath them. You just ‘jump’ from flock to flock.
Diving Minnow lures, such as those made by Rebel, Rapala and Bomber in the larger sizes work well when the bass are deeper. Trolling or cranking these lures can produce some hefty stringers. Work them along drop-offs and along submerged rock piles and jetties.
When bass are deep, nothing beats a bucktail jig in larger sizes. They can be reeled in, fished vertically or trolled. One method of using jigs is to rig two of them on a tandem rig beneath a float, and work them in with short jerks. They can be used without a float as well.

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