Originally Posted by brooktrout
Hey StriperHyper, I just fished stripers for the 1st time last week and now it's ALL I think about! You mentioned floating a couple sandworms earlier in the post. How are you floating 'em. Using a float, drop lines.... We used to use a syringe to blow up night crawlers. From a striper virgin to a striper veteran
I'm lookin' for all the info I can get to hook up with one of these beasts! Thanks
I hear ya man, it can definitely be an addicting habit and I hate to tell ya this but it only gets worse. I use a pretty simple method for floating worms that has proven to be quite effective (for me anyways) off the beach here in Old Orchard. Rig up a leader (say 18-24" of 50 lb fluorocarbon) with a 7/0 circle hook tied to one end. Get yourself a handful of those styrafoam floats and take out the plastic piece and the small metal "hook" that runs down the middle. Slide the float onto your leader keeping it a few inches up from your hook. Take the plastic insert that you removed and wedge it back into the top of the float to keep it in place.......the float will not slide on you but can be moved up or down with some resistance if you decide you want it to be longer/shorter depending on the conditions/tide/area you're fishing. I then tie a small Spro barrel swivel on the other end of the leader, I forget the exact size but one rated up to 80-100 lbs should do the trick, but don't be afraid to go bigger if you want. Before you attach your leader to your main line slide a snap swivel onto your main line, which is known as a fish finder rig. Coming off my main line (65 lb braid Power pro) I tie on a large brass snap swivel using a Palomar knot. Open up the snap swivel, slide on the barrel swivel from the leader you just rigged up, attach whatever size weight you're using to the snap swivel you slid on your main line and you're good to go. Variations of this rig can be necessary depending on where you're fishing/what conditions etc. If the surf is a little rougher I like to shorten up my leader a little bit, and of course you can use a "J" hook if ya like, pyramid sinker between 3-4 oz's and so on. Good luck man, hope this helps and gets ya into some fish this year.