Striped Bass Fishing Tips

images-3_largeStriped bass are one of the most popular targets for sport fishermen in the Northeast. But the constantly moving, unpredictable striper can prove to be elusive, making it that much more thrilling when you reel one in. Here are a few tips to help you become a striper master.

Look for birds. Feeding stripers will often chase baitfish to the water’s surface, where flocks of hungry birds wait to greet (and eat) them. If you see a flock of birds gathered together, there’s a good chance there are stripers beneath them.

Wait for Night. When hunting for stripers, you often have to meet them on their own terms. And sometimes that means fishing after the sun goes down. Heat-sensitive bass might be lazy during the day, especially hot summer days. But once the sun sets, they often feed much more aggressively.

images (2)_largeColors matter. Stripers are much like you and I ¿ they want to see what they’re eating. So think about the color of your lure and how it will appeal to a striper. When the water is cloudy and dark, brightly-colored patterns will be easy for stripers to see and attack. But when the water is clear, then darker, more natural-colored lures that imitate baitfish are the way to go.

Stay on the Move. Has that hotspot that fed you stripers a month ago suddenly gone ice cold? It might be time to look elsewhere. Stripers are notorious nomads who can turn up miles from where they last fed. And where they gather depends greatly on the weather, the season, and even the time of day. Sometimes hunting over miles of water for a school of baitfish is the only solution.