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Recent Articles for striper fishing by the Pro Staff at Core Fishing Tackle:

Live Baiting for stripers
By the Pro Staff at Core Fishing Tackle

Most seasoned freshwater striper fishermen know that live-bait is definitely the best technique for catching the big stripers. Live baiting for stripers is not hard, but for those who are just starting it can be a little overwhelming, so we would like to provide some tips for those just getting started.

Terminal Tackle - To begin with, the right terminal tackle is essential for presenting live bait, hooking up and actually landing a monster striper.

What's the best rod for live bait fishing? A 7 foot medium, medium-heavy action rod is the norm around the freshwater striper arena, but there's so many different ways of live baiting that each technique can require a different rod. These techniques include; down-lines, planer boards, floats, free-lines, light-lines, etc.

For down-lines, we've learned that by having a rod that has a fast action tip will allow for many more hook-ups. When a striper hits a down-lined bait, a fast action tip will allow the striper time to get the bait in its mouth before the rod loads completely up and then yields resistance. When down-lining and you're having a lot of misses, it could be from using too heavy of a rod because it will actually jerk the bait and hook out from the striper's mouth before it had a chance to get it in its mouth. We prefer 7 foot to 7 1/2 foot medium, medium-light rods for down-lining stripers.
Fighting a striper

For planer boards and floats, many people use a stiffer rod in order to get a quicker hook-set since there is so much line between the rod and the fish. When using monofilament, you have a lot of stretch that needs to be compensated for, so a stiffer rod will play well into this technique.

For free-lines and light-lines, a very long, limber rod is the ticket. Most of the time when free-lining or light-lining, the striper will chase the bait for awhile before eating it and the limber rod will allow the bait the most range of motion. The fast action rod will also allow the striper to hit the bait and arrange it in its mouth before the rod loads up and sets the hook.

We've tried many rods and our sponsored guides have used many rods, and the new Ugly Striper rod from Shakespeare has been the top choice for all-around bait fishing. This rod has a very light action tip that allows for perfect down-lining, but has a strong backbone to get a hard hookset when using floats and planers. Core Fishing Tackle carries these 7 foot, Medium-Light Ugly striper rods.

Striper Live Bait fishing reels

What's the best reel for live baiting? For reels, this will be mostly a user preference, but the prerequisites are
1. a large spool of holding at least 150 yards of 20lb monofilament,
2. a bait clicker and
3. a smooth drag.
An extravagant braking or anti-backlash system is not necessary. Striper fishing with live bait requires simply a TOUGH reel that can take a ton of punishment. Abu Garcia were probably the most popular striper reels up till now, but now there are two other players that have begun to take the confidence of striper fishermen. The Okuma Magda Pros are very nice reels that incorporate a line counter. The Magda Pros are very affordable which allows a striper fishermen to rig out their boat with many rods and reels. The Okuma Magda Pro is a big favorite of striper fishermen who use Umbrella Rigs and need to load up a reel with braid and need to know the amount of line that is out for determining depth.
Our new favorite live bait reel is the Pflueger® Trion Machined 66. We've become huge fans of Pflueger reels because of their smoothness and reliability. The Pflueger Trion 66 reels have 5 ball bearings and an INSTANT anti reverse which to us is critical. They've also got a bait clicker which was a great step by Pflueger.
We hate to turn our backs on Abu Garcia, but they've come out with new models in 2006 in which we had problems with each reel, especially the brake and drag systems. They're not the same reels that we grew up with, that's for sure.

For the best monofilament line for you main line, well, that's a beast that we'd rather not tackle, because each fisherman has their favorite and they will fight to the death defending that line (which is great!). Some of our Pro Staff love Stren and some love Trilene, but we believe stick with whatever you have confidence in. There's a new player in the monofilament game and its called Sufix. They are gaining a lot of respect from striper fishermen everywhere. Sufix isn't as expensive as the other brands and it's a very dependable line. Regardless of the manufacturer, the general pound test of main line is 20-25lb test for filling your reel.

Now for your leader material. Fluorocarbon is it, period. Most freshwater fishing guides now have switched to using fluorocarbon for their leaders. Fluorocarbon is virtually invisible underwater which leads to many more strikes. It's a fact. Again, there are many manufacturers of fluoro, but we stand behind P-Line and Yo-Zuri fluorocarbon line. The most popular of the two is the Yo-Zuri H.D. Carbon Disappearing Pink. Yes, Fluorocarbon is expensive, but since you're only using 3 feet at a time for your leaders, then its not a bad investment. IMPORTANT, fluorocarbon is very susceptible to the elements and its critical to keep your line out of the sun, cold, etc when possible.

What's this leader you're talking about? The leader is simply a barrel swivel with about 3 feet of line that is tied to a hook. If you're using a sinker or a bead, these will go on your main line above the swivel.

Now on to hooks. Everybody knows these days that Gamakatsu makes the sharpest hooks out there. They're not cheap but they are the best. If you're getting hung up a lot, say in submerged trees or on the bottom, then you may be looking for another hook that is cheaper. We love the LO42 Bronze hooks by Eagle Claw. Many conservation-minded fishing guides are using Bronze hooks because they will rust extremely quick. This is a Pro and Con of the LO42 Eagle Claw Bronze hooks. The Pro is obviously that it will rust out in a fish's mouth if the fish swallows the hook or line breakage occurs. The Con is you can't leave these hooks out in the open because if they get damp they will rust, and quickly at that. Our Pro Staff use the 100 pack of Eagle Claw LO42's and just grabs a dozen or so keeps them in a spare hook box/bag and leaves that on the boat for a period of time. Core carries the 2/0 and 3/0 version of these hooks and these are specific to big bait. These hooks are too big for using with Alewives or other small baits, but they work perfectly with medium and big gizzards. For using Alewives and other small baits, we've noticed over the years that most stripers will not swallow these because they don't have to hit these little baits head-first in order to eat them. For smaller baits we like to use Eagle Claw's O85 Classic hooks in the 1/0 and 2/0 size. These are Nickel plated hooks that stay extremely sharp and do not corrode any. Again, these Eagle Claws are very inexpensive and very dependable.

What's the best way to hook a bait? All of our Pro Staff agree that when pulling baits or putting downlines out, the best way to hook a bait is up through the mouth and out through just 1 nostril. Some fisherman hook a bait through the lower and upper lip. We have noticed that this will drown a bait, or simply kill it quicker than the through-1-nostril method. The other method that we don't like is hooking the bait through both nostrils although we do have to do this method sometimes. We've learned that by hooking through both nostrils, it increases the chances of the hook getting turned back into the bait which means many more missed hook ups. The only time we hook through both nostrils is in the spring when stripers are so aggressive that they will slap a bait many times before actually eating them. When this happens we'll hook through both nostrils to ensure the bait stays on the hook longer, even though we will have to check our baits more frequently when using this method.

What's the best weight to use when bait fishing? Our simplest answer is to use the lightest weight that you can get away with and still keep the bait at the desired depth.
Obviously if you're running 6-10 downlines around the boat with big gizzards, then you're going to need 2-3 ounce weights to keep the baits from getting tangled in each other. Baits have a need to school up, and believe us, they will try to even when on a hook. But generally speaking whenever using downlines, we use 2 ounce weights for medium to large gizzards and 1 ounce weights for alewives. But when using Redi-Rigs and planers, try to use the lightest weight you can. A typical spread of 8 planer boards (4 on each side of the boat) will be; 1. Outside planer will be freeline 2. Next to outside will have a 1/8ounce weight 3. Next to inside will be a ¼ ounce weight and 4. the inside planer will have a 3/8 ounce weight. This allows you to cover the entire water column and using lighter weights near the banks will keep the lines from getting hung up on the bottom. When running Redi-Rigs our farthest Redi-Rigs will have no weight or a 1/8 ounce weight. Then we add heavier weights to the floats that are closer to the boat. Here's some selections of available weights.

The Pro Staff at Core Fishing Tackle

Jigging up freshwater stripers
By the Pro Staff at Core Fishing Tackle

Jigging has been around for along time, but still alot of striper fishermen do not utilize this technique. During some times of the year, jigging can be much more productive than live baiting, trolling and casting. Jigging up stripers isn't hard, its easy and really fun, but it does take some time in order to be confident in jigging.

When's the best time to jig? The 2 best times for jigging is the dead of winter and the middle of summer. In these 2 times of the year, the stripers form very large schools and will stay schooled throughout the day. During these two times of the year, the stripers aren't feeding as heavily as they are in the spring and fall, but you can use this to your advantage.

How do I get started? Well, first and foremost, a good fish finder will be first necessity. If your freshwater striper lake has submerged timber, then a really high-end fish finder will be crucial. A high-end Lowrance fish finder would be the Lowrance 25, 26, 27, 28, 104, 110, 111, 112 and 113 models. If your lake doesn't have submerged timber, then a standard sonar will be fine. To see stripers in the trees or on the bottom, make sure you have your sensitivity turned up to near its highest point before the screen gets totally cluttered. Also make sure that you have any Noise Rejection or Surface Clarity settings turned to the OFF or LOW position. Noise Rejection/Surface Clarity will try and make your fish finder paint a pretty picture and it'll blend fish into the surroundings, which isn't what we're looking for.

Fish finders for striper fishing

Where do I look to jig up some stripers? Trees, trees, trees. If your lake has submerged timber, then this will be the first place to look. During the winter and summer, stripers will retreat to the trees during the daylight hours to cruise around and relax. The best spot to look is near the mouth of a major creek or cove that you know stripers are feeding in during the morning, evening and night. The stripers shouldn't move too far from their food source during the day, but they will want some deeper water to relax in and get down away from the sun.
The next place to look is on main channel points. As everyone knows, stripers don't really associate with structure for feeding, except for points. Stripers use points like a pathway to drive bait up and coral them between the bottom and the surface. During the daylight hours, some stripers will still continue to feed and main channel points are a great location to look. A clean-bottomed point will be best. Start at the deepest part of the point, say around 50-60 feet deep and work your way shallower by dropping your jig to the bottom and just jigging several inches above the bottom. If you have a high-end fish finder, then you should see some 'suspicious bumps' on the bottom, which if you're used to seeing them, will be stripers cruising the bottom. 90% of the time, if you're seeing fish cruising the bottoms around points, then they're in the feeding mood.

Alright, what's the right tackle to use? We'll jump right into the baits, because its pretty simple. You'll need a soft-bodied plastic on a jig head and a spoon-type bait of some sort. For the soft-bodied baits, we've found the Zoom Super Flukes are the best, hands down. They're not elaborate or expensive, but they will catch some serious fish. The reason we believe they work so well is that they're pretty simple in body style, which allows the fisherman to fish it in any way they seem suitable. Next you'll need a jig-head in which to thread the fluke onto. We like ½ & ¾ ounce jig heads for jigging up stripers because they fall quick enough to feel a quick bite and the quick fall allows you to get down to fast moving stripers very quickly. If you're using monofilament or fluorocarbon, they you'll need to rig your jig head with a barrel swivel and a split ring in order to alleviate any line twist. Line twist will definitely occur when jigging for stripers if you do not have the swivel/split ring combination. Here are the rigs that we use:


Jig Heads for Striper Fishing

When jigging flukes try different types of jigging motions to find out what the stripers are looking for. There's no wrong way to work a fluke. Most of the time when we're jigging for stripers, we'll use a fairly long jigging motion until we see active fish on the sonar in which we'll switch to a very quick, short erratic jigging motion to seal the deal on the striper bite. Most of the time the long jig will get the stripers attention and they'll come up and look at it, but sometimes they won't hit it unless you switch to that quick, erratic jigging motion which simulates a fleeting baitfish. A striper will hit a jigged fluke on the fall, the rise and anywhere in-between

For spoons there are many types, sizes, colors and manufacturers. We're big fans of Hopkins Shorty Spoons and Acme Kastmaster Spoons. Hopkins Shorty Spoons are cheaper, but don't have the bright finish that the Kastmaster Spoons do. Stripers love each, so we'll use both. The ¾ ounce spoon by both manufacturers are the best. We rig our spoons just like our jig heads, by using a barrel swivel and split ring to alleviate line twist. To jig a spoon, some people like to do short, small jigs, but we found it better to use a long up motion to allow for more drop-time which is where the stripers will hit a spoon 9 times out of 10. After you pull a spoon up with your rod, let the spoon fall back down without any line tension. If you have tension on the spoon, then it will not flutter down, it will fall vertically without any motion. While you're letting the spoon drop, follow the falling slack line with your rod tip so that as soon as you SEE a twitch in your line, set the hook! When a freshwater striper hits a spoon, most of the time they're coming up on it which means you won't feel the striper hit, you'll just see the line make a quick jump since its being pushed up.

Hopkins Shorty Spoons

What kind of rod and reel should I use? Any type of standard bass rod and reel will work as long as you have some decent line that is 12-17lb test. Don't try to fight a 20lb striper out of the trees with 8lb monofilament, it won't work most of the time. The Pro Staff at Core Fishing Tackle have tried countless types of rods, but we're all huge fans of the Airrus Co-Matrix 457 Medium Action 7 foot casting rod. This rod has a very comfortable grip with a long butt which allows you to 'bounce' the rod off of your forearm in order to jig without much effort. These Airrus Rods have a fast action tip which allows for easy jigging, but they also have a tough backbone to horse a striper up out of the trees.
For reels, we like any type of reel that has a fast gear ratio and can hold a fair amount of line. You will need a fast gear ratio in order to get a striper out of the trees as fast as possible. Pflueger Trion baitcasting reels are perfect because of their high gear ratio and their wide spools. With a Pflueger you'll be confident in its drag and the high gear ratio and large line capacity are great added benefits!

Now go get jiggin'.

The Pro Staff at Core Fishing Tackle


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