My Target Objective:
Trophy Sized Striped Bass from the Shorelines of a Freshwater Fishing River
It was a beautiful Saturday around mid morning quite a few years ago. I set out for a 30 minute drive for a little freshwater fishing from the banks of a popular river out towards the Bay Area of Northern California in the United States of America.
On the way there I stopped off in the last little town to pick up some bait from the local bait and tackle shop. I grabbed about a dozen live ghost shrimp and about half a pound of fresh shad, and then headed on out.
Once I arrived to my fishing spot I immediately set up two fishing rods. My medium action rod was a Shakespeare Ugly Stik rigged with 14 pound Shakespeare Red Cajun monofilament line and baited with fresh shad. My heavy action rod, which is actually designed for salmon fishing, was spooled with 20 pound test line and baited with ghost shrimp.
I used the ghost shrimp because sturgeon run through the river and they love it. I doubted that my set up would be able to even handle the sturgeon, but I thought why not have a little fun in the sun. If a small one were to hit then I could have a chance. Besides, other fish love hitting the shrimp too... I've had success catching those stripers with it.
I wasn't getting any action from my smaller set up. But, every now and then I would get a good tap, nibble and pull on the heavier rod. The fish would seem to start to take the bait and drop it as soon as they felt pressure.
Finally, I get a pretty good hook set into one of those bait stealing fish. And then my reel just starts screaming. The fish peels line off
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