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Striped Bass
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Science Name: Morone saxatilis
Other Names: striper, rockfish, rock, linesides
Ideal Temp: 65 to 70
World Record: 78.8 lbs. NJ
Environment: inshore, coastal, lake
Techniques: Surf fishing, casting, light tackle

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John | Posted: June 17, 2014

I am inland fisherman and the only time I go striper fishing is in the morning spawn in upstate ny, Hudson River. To catch some huge cows "30 pounders" a local favorite is bloodworms, the biggest striper I caught in the Hudson was 36 pounds and caught on a bloodworm but chunk bait also works well

chris | Posted: April 7, 2010

bam i dont no how you dont no the good spot in lake powell if you wanna catch over 100 stripers in 2 hours go to the dam and fish the 3rd bouie from the right with frozen anchovie and let me tell you every summer i go up there i stay 4 days and i come home with well over 500 stripers now thats some serious striper fishing there but if you want the big boys fish leas ferry the river yall no it the got some big azz ranbiows and stripers use topwater and you will rip them up its awesome i also fish for stripers up in maine you aint beating the maine striper fishing out there i cought some that was up to 50+ lbs its awesome well i hope some of you 1 day visit lake powell and fish that stop you will have a wonderfull time believe me its awesome

DHUT | Posted: January 27, 2009

if your fishing for these in freshwater just use the same techniques that use for largemouths but they probably will only hit rattletraps. they prefer back creeks and will post up under docks and other structures

nik2000 | Posted: October 15, 2008

In order to catch fish you need three things, current, bait, and structure. Wantagh 2nd bridge is great for fishing during a noreaster. when a noreaster or hurricane comes around hit up wantagh bridge. There will be a lot of current, which is what you want. Use a 1 oz all white bucktail with a porkrind. Snip the porkrind so as if it had legs. Let the bucktail sink and use a slow retrieve while keeping the head of the bucktail in the current. This will make the porkrind flutter about and the bass will hit with a vengence.

BAM | Posted: November 27, 2007

Go to Lake Powell! Find a rock wall and drop an anchovy down about 30-50 feet.

chrissy nowak | Posted: September 28, 2007

That's my grandpa! Lives to fish!

Bob | Posted: May 26, 2007

spinner bait! Once you cach one it goes one from their

laurie | Posted: February 10, 2007

put a huge chunk of bonker and spray with wd 40

Omari from Cambridge | Posted: October 23, 2006


The highly migratory Striped bass have excellent senses and their solid build and powerful caudal fin is perfect for slamming baitfish and food items in tidal rifts and surges. Try to get as close to "live water" as possible. River mouths, harbors and lagoon entrances are all areas where the flood and ebb tide surge in and out creating ideal conditions for hungry bass. During the spring and fall, dusk and dawn is best. During the dreaded 90+ degree daytime mid-summer doldrums, 11am onward to about an hour after first light is most productive. Being the finicky feeders they are, it is important to entice bass into striking with what they would normally feed on. If you lack current information on what bass are feeding on, clams (belly and all) are hard to beat in the surf. Squid and cut fish (bunker is best, but mackeral, herring and spearing are all great bass baits) are also effective. Once again, Bass have excellent eye sight and exhibit a high sense of situational awareness, so keep terminal tackle to a minimal and if fishing from the shore, try to get as far away from boat traffic as possible. I recommend using red colored hooks, I dont know why, but I have caught more fish using red colored hooks than the generic grey metallic color. I have found that seawalls, piers and jetties with water deeper than 20 feet is best. Don't be discouraged by limitations of fishing from the shore, the largest striped bass caught on line and hook was a 78lb cow caught from an atlantic city jettie. A fishfinder rig, 20lb test mono and a 9 to 12 foot rod - capable of hurling 3 to 8 oz of lead a sizable distance - with medium action spinning or conventional reel is the textbook striped bass set up. One more thing, FRESH BAIT IS A MUST, or you'll be catching dogfish and skates (i.e. fish & chips and scallops nowadays) all night, and that is no fun. Striped bass are great eating provided they are larger than 28 inches (MASS. keeper size).

CAPT. JOHN | Posted: September 7, 2006

Whenever possible, the sure fire bait of choice should be fresh bunker,whether chunked or live lined. This is the stripers preferred food of choice.

The head is the best bait if you're following a school of bluefish that are ripping up a school of bunker. The bass just lay on the bottom & wait for the bunker remains to come to them. the head is what is usually left of a bunker after abluefish attacks it.

bob | Posted: July 18, 2006

shrimp with bottom weights let the hook float above....have had no trouble catching smaller striped bass about 20 meters from shore

Thomas Woods | Posted: December 6, 2005

Use plugs they are the most reliable lure for catching striped bass.

rory | Posted: September 11, 2005

Striped bass are great to catch. USe any type of bait possiable to try and catch them. when fishing for them use gloves when touching the bait because they can smell the oils and products u use on your hand. The best time to catch striped bass is at nightime. try to have a slider on your hook for your weight because they can feel the weight when they take the bait. When fishing at high tide look for an area that has some sort of structure rock, shipwreck, and fallen trees.

*[email protected] | Posted: June 7, 2004

Stripers come in schools, so once you catch fewer and fewer fish, wait for a week or two for a next school to come.

Steve | Posted: May 15, 2004

Around bridges / rocky areas, use regular bucktails with a porkrind on the hook, (2-4") - Cast and retrieve, start off retrieving fast to catch fishs attention, and then slow it up. Around non-snag areas, use cut-bait, menhadden, squid, cast it with plenty of weight for the tide, and be patient! Good luck

jack | Posted: February 16, 2004

when stripers are spawning, try fishing dead shad on bottom. When they just bite the tail use the head only.

Jonny Bolt | Posted: September 19, 2003

I spray my herring chunks with wd-40 before casting. It's an old trick that I learned from a tuna fisherman, and I tried it on the Stripers in my hometown of Hampton, NH, and I have caught considerably more Stripers when using wd-40 than with not. The marsh and harbor are filled with Stripers here, and a 48" Striper was caught 2 weeks ago :)

[email protected] | Posted: January 19, 2003

Fishing at night will produce larger specimens to be caught. Be sure to know the local waters and be safe. Bring a buddy.

Paul Keeling  | Posted: January 12, 2003

Striped bass are notorius for seasonal diets. When the herring are running they will not feed heavly on other thing such as bloodworms, eels, etc. When the eels arrive the same thing applies. So to increase your catches, feed them what they want. Be persistant.

swahswah | Posted: October 16, 2002

Live lining herring in the Manasquan Inlet are prducing nice sized Stripers.

Brian, NJ | Posted: April 22, 2002

when fishing the surf try to use live clams, cut out the foot or tongue thread it on your hook a couple of times and good luck, also try squid, bloodworms or frozen herring. Live bait can't be beat!!!

Mike | Posted: March 10, 2002

Fillet a sardine and cut the fillets into several pieces. Put two or three on a hook to catch huge stripers. When they're on top chasing fish on the surface, toss a hair raiser jig and bring it back slow. They'll barely take it but set the hook.