5 Tactics for Catching Striped Bass

Known as a true bass the striped bass is an excellent species to seek out. This game fish is popular among anglers for several different reasons. One reason they’re so popular is because they tend to grow to some amazing sizes. In fact, they are the largest of the bass family and have been known to exceed one hundred pounds.

The fact that they can keep you on your toes from the time they first take your bait until they either work themselves loose or you get them onshore is another main reason why anglers seek them out. They’re simply a fun and exciting species to catch. Learning all you can about this species will help you find ways to reel in more each time you go fishing so, take some time to get familiar with them.

Striped Bass Fishing Tactics

The tactics that you use to fish for this species will have a huge impact on the amount of success you have.
When choosing a tactic to use it’s important to consider all of the factors. These include the time of day you’re fishing, where you’re fishing along with personal preference. Anglers tend to use tactics they’re familiar with and feel comfortable using. However, it never hurts to mix things up once in awhile and try something new to see what kind of results you get.

5 tactics for catching striped bass that have proven to be very productive are listed below:

1. Try your hand at night fishing. This is when the larger striped bass are the most active so it’s a good time to seek out that trophy fish. However, shining your light into the water will actually drive this species away instead of drawing them to you so be sure and avoid doing this.

2. Troll for striped bass. This tactic can yield some excellent results as it allows you to cover a lot of ground quickly and discover what gets the most attention in the process. The best time to use this tactic is in the summer when the striped bass have moved out to the deeper parts of the water.

3. Bottom fishing is another excellent tactic to use because this species is often near the bottom searching for a tasty meal.

4. Take a few minutes to look around and find baitfish the striped bass is attracted to. Since they tend to follow their food around, this is an excellent way to find their locations faster. They are highly attracted to shad followed by shrimp, herring, eels, worms and sardines.

5. When the striped bass is being picky and hard to catch, try getting its attention by using a fishing rig. The bottom rig is the most popular one used by experienced anglers because it gets results but there are many others available too. Try a variety of them to see what works best for you based on your unique situation.

Each one of these tactics offers certain advantages. The key is to discover what works best for you based on your unique fishing adventure. Every fishing trip is different and there is no way to predict what the outcome will be. Therefore, you need to be prepared with several tactics in mind so you can change when needed and increase the odds of catching more fish. It gives you variety and options so when one thing is not working, you can easily switch to something else.

More about Catching the Striped Bass

It’s important to know as much as you can about this species so you can determine what will work the best in most situations. With time, as your fishing skills improve, you will pick up on certain things that will tell you exactly what you need to do for the best results before you even get started. Still, it never hurts to take in all tips and suggestions made available by experienced anglers who have been doing this for awhile.

For example, the temperature of the water will have a major effect on the amount of success you have catching striped bass. It affects the way they respond to your bait and where they will be located. When the temperature of the water warms up this species tend to move out to the deeper parts of the water. When it drops they move closer to the surface where they can be found easier.

The striped bass has keen senses that help them find their prey and they can see very well in all types of water because they have the ability to adapt to different light conditions. This means that you do need to be careful not to scare them away or do anything that looks unnatural such as, leaving your hook sticking out of the bait. They will avoid anything that looks strange to them.

Fishing for this species is fun and exciting but it also requires a certain amount of patience. Sometimes, it can take a long time to encourage them to strike but when they do, it’s well worth the time you spent seeking them out.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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