Stripers & Blues If trolling, drifting or casting are you preferred methods this is the collection of lures and terminal gear for targeting Striped Bass and Bluefish. Striped bass are a perciform fish native to the Atlantic coast of North America, from Florida to Nova Scotia. I’ve fished 10-ounce jigs and I’ve fished 3-ounce jigs in the 30- to 80-foot depths off Cape Cod, but I prefer to fish 5- and 7-ounce jigs. Sometimes twitching a needlefish works well while dead drifting a SLUG-GO is the only thing that produces. One of the top ways of taking early season stripers from boats is by drifting different baits such as cut bunker, bunker heads, eels and worms. The striped bass (or "striper") is popular in sport fishing—the largest specimen ever caught weighed in at 81.8 pounds (37.1 kg). Drifting worms to catch stripers ... on instruction throughout the trip--helping them land bluefish and striped bass, with both sand eel lures and surface plugs. This is the best single time of the year to fish for freshwater striped bass. A Drift Sock: A controlled drift is very important when you are live bait fishing for Striper on Lake Texoma. Drifting live minnows is working well with anchor fishing with various baits a close second. In recent years, a lot more anglers have also started drifting clams for stripers. Occasionally all six will take bass, other times stripers … Too fast and your bait presentation will fish too high over the Striped Bass. They are a migratory fish that move between freshwater and saltwater. The striper pattern during September is a continuation of the dependable summer pattern of live-bait fishing. When drifting live eels for striped bass in fast currents, or on fast drifts when sinkers are needed, we recommend a 6’6″ to 7′ conventional rod with a fast to extra-fast action.. We recommend loading the conventional reel with 30lb braid attached to a 5ft length of 30-50lb fluorocarbon leader using a 75lb barrel swivel. In-line Sinker Drift Rig. Experiment! The Hogy Heavy Minnow “Long Range, Small Profile” Notes:We created the mold for the heavy minnow based off The Hogy Epoxy Jig lure. Parachutes, 9ers, Spoons, Plugs, Tube and Worm, Snaps and Swivels all make up the depth of this collection. You can hear the explosions of freshwater striped bass and hybrid stripers clear across the lake on a calm night. “By fall, the stripers are fat from summer foraging, and the best action for fall stripers is during September and into early October,” Wilson says. I use a ugly stik coastal 7' with a garcia 5500c3 on my yak and a 6500 size on shore both have 15lb big game, i use saltwater spooks redhead white body ,jigs chartruse with a gulp grub , I use bull minnows for bait ,i dont use circle hooks anymore for stripers .not much else i can offer this is all i … The Hogy Heavy Minnow Jig for Striper Fishing 2. For lures, if current is a consideration, simply go heavier and/or pitch the jig into the direction that you’re drifting to give it time to sink. In addition, don’t be averse to trying all six lures during the course of a surf fishing trip. While this lure is about the same profile, it is more than twice as heavy which will result in less action but make up for it with an ultra long cast. That said, you can catch striped bass very well during the day in late fall, winter, and early spring when the water is cold. 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