When I head out striper fishing, the techniques I use are highly recognized to produce respectable numbers of quality striped bass.
Whether you like saltwater or freshwater fishing, utilizing the proper techniques will greatly increase your productivity out on the water.
Why would you want to spend a whole day of fishing without even a bite, when you could be catching the fish?
Otherwise, that almost just seems like a whole wasted day of fishing, unless you don't mind. As long as you are having a good time though, right? But, wouldn't you rather have a great time? Of course you would.
The striper fishing techniques we offer here will hopefully ensure that your days of fishing for striped bass are most productive. As long as you follow the advice, and apply the techniques, you shall indeed be happy with the results. Your efforts will become second nature to you with the more time you spend out on the water and learning about the big picture.
There are many factors that play a role to have success fishing for striped bass. To quickly sum it up, understanding the stripers feeding patterns and habits is key. Assuming that you are basically aware of when and where to fish for them, we'll just get down to some of my favorite striper fishing tactics and techniques.
Bait fishing is probably the most common of striper fishing techniques. Live bait or fresh dead bait will both produce quality striped bass.
Some of the most popular baits to use when freshwater fishing for stripers are anchovies, sardines, perch, bloodworms, pile worms, live mudsuckers and bullheads, just to name a few.
Threadfin shad is about the most popular in freshwater. The shad can simply be placed on the hook whole, or even cut and butterflied, which allows for even more scent into the water column.
You can drop it straight down or cast it out rigged with a sliding sinker to keep it down and positioned in the spot you want it to stay at. Or you can simply allow it to drift weightless, and/or include a bobber.
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Once you have located the bait fish and/or the stripers, slowly troll at around 2 to 4 miles per hour. Let out enough line to get your lure diving down just above where the fish are holding. You can use planer boards to get your presentation laterally further out. The planer boards will present a greater stealthiness, and also enables you to put out more trolling lines with the reduction of possible entanglements.
I also enjoy using swim baits. Much success comes from either soft plastic, hard plastic, or even the wooden styles. My preferred color choices are natural bait fish colors like variations of shads, white and/or chartruese. Other natural fish colors such as trout, bass and perch will entice many strikes as well. I also enjoy using soft plastic lures that represent eels, like the Dancin' Eel made by Yum, or 10"-12" dark colored plastic worms represent very well.
Locate schools of stripers, and/or the bait fish, and cast out to them. Casting into the current with the current will give a much more natural presentation. Top water plugs will work great in cooler water temperatures and overcast skies. Go deeper when the sun is up and in warmer water.
These are striper fishing techniques which I use on my freshwater fishing adventures. They work well for me and hopefully my recommendations and advice will assist you as well. Try some of them out and see what will be effective for you. With more time you spend out on the water, the more experience you will gain. Good luck freshwater fishing.