Application: Shallow water, estuaries, warm water, midday Rod: to pound-class, 7-foot conventional Reel: Mid-size conventional Line: pound-test leadcore Leader: to pound-test fluorocarbon Trolling Speed: 2 knots Tip: The worm is a crucial part of the tube-and-worm setup, but during the warmer months, porgies and other bait-stealers can clean off rigs quickly. At this time of year, a synthetic bait such as an Otter Tail, Berkley Gulp Sandworm, or piece of pork rind will weather attacks from small species. This tactic will give you a wider spread when trolling two spoons, preventing tangles and improving lure action. Also, be sure to leash the rods to the boat! Application: Schooling fish, fishing around sand eels, prospecting for fish Rod: 6-to 7-foot, to pound-class conventional Reel: Penn Senator H, Shimano Tekota Line: pound test Ultra Soft Monel Trolling Wire Leader: to pound-test fluorocarbon Trolling Speed: 2 to 4 knots Tip: Match the hatch on your umbrella rig.
The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers. Here's how to use the proper rigs to present your baits correctly. Now that spring is just around the corner, it's time for surfcasters and boating anglers alike to get out the gear and start looking for the king of the surf: striped bass. Striped bass fishing during the early spring season is by and large a bait-fisherman's time to shine. Sure, the purist who chooses to use artificial baits will tell you that stripers can be caught on plugs, jigs and metals during the early season; however, the truth is for every striper you will catch on an artificial lure right now, you will probably catch 10 or more fish on bait. So, let's take a look at some of the baits that will pay off for you during the early season, including three of the better rigs for delivering these baits to early-season bass. Unlike the fall when mullet, bunker, rainfish and other baitfish are abundant, the spring brine has a lot less to offer hungry striped bass in the way of forage.
This section provides information about bait, and how to rig bait, for striped bass fishing. Bunker should be cut into chunks as shown in the picture on the right. Use all the chunks except the tail. Do use the head.