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Frequently Asked Questions - Striper Fishing - Rigs, Tubes, Lures, plugs
Striper fishing gear and equipment questions
What do I buy to put in my plug bag?
Lures for each part of the water column. What type of lures are used for stripers? Plastics, Wood, resins, rubber and Metal. Topwater, swimmers and bottom lures.
What are the categories of Plugs?
Surface Swimmer, Subsurface Swimmer, Mirror plug, Bottle Plug, Popping Plug, Rattle Plug, Darter Plug, Pencil Popper Plugs, Bullet Plugs,Needlefish plugs, Stainless steel jigs, Block tin squids, Rigged Eels, Diamong Jigs, Kastmaster, Chromed Spoons, Leadheads, Jigheads.
There are So many what do i use?
The short answer. Lures that resemble the forage base available in the area you will be fishing. Where can i purchase some of these? Many of these items can be purchased at various online tackle stores. a google web search with the keyword will bring you to many. You can also click on the links below and it will take you to some secure and reputable stores where you can purchase them.
What are the most popular striper lures?
Freshwater striper lures
Saltwater striper plugs
Besides the custom lures the Atom Striper Swiper, Atomizer, Smiling Bill bucktails. Kastmaster metal lures, a Mambo Minnow, Assalt Bomber, Rebel broken back, Cotton Cordell Pencil Poppers and red fins. FinS soft plastics, storm shads and sluggos. Red gill sand eels
What type of retrieve do I use for all my plugs?
A good rule of thumb is to avoid carrying a bag full and changing lures every few casts. Master a few and become comfortable with the action of that particular lure. Learn under what conditions a particular lure is most appropriate. The surface swimmer has a verical lip which will give it a side to side motion. It is maximized when retrieved very slowly. You want it to lazily swim along like an unsuspecting baitfish. Keep the line taught and speed up when a wave hits it like its riding in the wave. Bending the eye upward will make the lure dive a little conversely bending it downward will allow it to swim on the surface. With popping plugs its best to vary the retrieve and even let it sit. The design of the plug makes it wiggle, gentle pop, hesitation and gentle pop. Work these over rocks and rocky outcrops. The pencil popper you point the rod at the popper and move the tip up and down in a rapid motion. Soft tip rods are best here. On the subsurface swimmers these are most effective when worked slowly, the faster you retrieve them the deeper they will dive. Bottle plugs were designed to be cast a mile, due to the shape and their aerodynamics. The big lower lip design pulls it under. It dives during your retrieve and will dive deeper as you speed it up. Slow retrieve and it will still wiggle. When using darters vary the retrieve and twitch the rod tip. Keep the line taught. Use them on a dropping tide -Toss upcurrent at 10 0clock and let it drift to 1 oclock. Then let the current do the work for you as you reel it in. Needlefish are best worked when there are sand eels present and without twitching. Let it sink and then retrieve it. With steel jigs and spoons let them sink for a few seconds and retrieve them at a speed that will allow them to move side to side.
What type of rod should I buy?
What type of reel?
Fishing Line - Monofilament or fluorocarbon
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