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Down Lining: (Weighted Rigs)
This is probably the most common rig used for fishing with live bait. This rig consist of, a 2oz. slip-sinker threaded onto the line, held with a glass bead. Tie on a good heavy-duty ball bearing swivel. Then a 3 foot "leader" of either 40 pound Monofilament or flourocarbon line . Hook on your live bait to a good heavy duty hook, they are sold as live bait hooks. Your live bait might be gizzard or threadfin shad, shiners, herring or menhaden. (aka bunker). Then lower to the desired depth. You can fish more than one rod, some guys fish several. Vary your depths you determine the stripers strike zone. Ask other anglers how deep their holding. One of the most important aspects of fishing striped bass or other bass for that matter is what depth they are at. You can locate fish with a fish finder, but what fish are they? Stripers school so usually their are several waiting to be caught. Leave at least 1 rod deeper than the rest, because sometimes the bigger stripers have a tendency to hang out below the main schools of stripers. Bigger Stripers are sort of lazy and will lay underneath a boil for morsels that fall to the bottom

Float Rigs: (Ballooning).

You can also just use a bobber
In the cooler weather months, stripers tend to feed near the surface. This is when you need to fish your live bait rigs more shallow. That's when float rigs work really well. A float rig consists of a small party balloon, blown up and tied to the fishing line, about 6 to 10 feet above the live shad. You dont have to weight the line. Use a barrell swivel to prevent your line from twisting. The balloon floats on top of the water, creating less resistance than bobbers. You can also use different color balloons, to tell your lines apart or bright color balloons to see your lines better from a distance. Put your first bait out around 30 yards behind the boat and stager the others at 5 to 10 yard intervals, to prevent tangling. A good floating devise is the corks with lights in them that are used for night striper fishing.

Flat Lining or freelining (A hook and the Bait -
This Method is as simple. With nothing more than a hook on the end of the line, you attach the bait fish and let "em" swim.You can learn to direct the way your bait swims by where you place the hook-- the further toward the head they tend to swim down--- the future toward the tail they tend to swim up. Use more of a swing when casting live bait as not to damage or pop them off your hook with a little practice you will have no problem.

Using Cut Bait
A fishing technique we haven't talked about is 'cut bait fishing' (sections or filets of baitfish).Some of the biggest stripers ever recorded were taken on cut bait fished on a bottom rig. (My personal Favorite, I use Bunker heads and cast them from shore at high tide).This method is similar to live bait fishing except that the boat is positioned over a likely spot and moored with a bow and stern anchor. The second anchor keeps the boat from swinging and tangling the fishing lines. Dead baits, such as shad or bream are hooked to lines and cast around the boat. Baits are fished on the bottom while others are suspended at various depths. When available, live bait is used in conjunction with the dead bait. The bait can be cut into various shapes or slashed to give off more scent. Larger baits can be cut in half to make two baits. The head section will be used on one line while the tail section is hooked to another. Fresh dead bait will attract more fish than frozen bait.

Equipment necessary for catching and keeping the proper bait for a days striper fishing is:
Cast net.
Larger is not necessarily better.When bait is scattered or scarce, a 6 foot radius cast net is the bare minimum.

With bait species that do not school tightly like herring, up to a 12 foot net is necessary.

With bait which can ball up very tightly like threadfin shad however, you may get away with using only a 3 or 4 foot net.

Check your local cast net regulations, some areas restrict net sizes.
Bait Tank
Aerated, filtered round bait tank. (min 15 gal)

The tank makes or breaks the fishing trip. Most cases, striper are looking for the most frantic, excited bait they can find. A poor tank will certainly deny you the quality bait necessary for catching striper.

Helpful Hints for a days striper fishing with a properly treated and aerated bait tank:
Use salt to prevent slime loss. 1- 1 1/2 cups per 20 gallons.

DO NOT overcrowd your bait tank.
A guide is to keep smaller bait (5" down) @ 1 for every gal.
For bait fish 5" to 10" and up 1 for every 2 gallons

Cooler water keeps bait alive longer than warmer water....
60 - 70 degrees preferred. It holds more oxygen.

IMPORTANT!! Don't change the temperature by more than 10 degrees from the water the bait comes from....it WILL die.

Keep your filter cleaned out.

Minimize handling of bait and the time bait is out of the water.

Gently dip your bait from the tank and avoid violent swishing with the net and dont I repeat dont, get bug spray on the bait or your hands.


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