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Old 06-11-2006, 01:31 PM
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I'm new to Hybrid Striper Fishing and would like to know about Drift Fishing for this species instead of the standard trolling method with plugs. I fish at a lake that is stocked with a decent amount of stripers and its fairly windy all of the time.

Can you use any normal type of cut bait (mackerel, bunker, etc.) or would it be better to stay with other methods for success. Any type of advice you can send me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

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Old 07-31-2006, 01:22 PM
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It is always good to meet a fellow enthuisiast. Personally, I think techniquie for wiper fishing is different from lake to lake, state to state. I never fished the species in New Jersey but have fished them regularly in Indiana and Tennessee. Both are different. Indiana's lakes (even its largest ones) are relatively shallow and Tennessee's are deep. In Tennessee you can drift fish for wipers if they are holding toward the bottom of the lake. If they are, you'll see them on the sonar along with a cloud of baitfish nearby. When that happens, drop a 3/8 or 1/2 oz gold Kastmaster down and jig. You don't need a motor to do that.
In shallow lakes, however, the style is different. If you are not trolling, you are probably fishing for them muskie-style, i.e., the fish of a thousand casts. I am told you could use chicken liver on a Carolina rig. You run the risk of catching too many catfish that way, but if you don't mind catfish, it might be a good way to go. I have also seen people who don't troll using silver Rattle Traps and just casting until a fish hits it.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-01-2006, 08:06 AM
LittleMiamiJeff LittleMiamiJeff is offline
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For what it's worth, my experience for wipers has been Storm shad jigs, shad bodies on differing size lead heads, rat'l traps, 3 and 4" deep minnow cranks, white lead head bucktails.
The cranks were in moving water, deepdivers in relatively shallow fast water, must have bounced off bottom, looking like feeding minnow, or maybe even crawdad to fish?
Other lures work in Ohio River, I usually found white bass with UL rig, then cast out side of school with heavier spinning combo, and deeper, caught wipers. And sometimes I just caught the wipers on UL! Then the fun begins
No success in East Fork lake as yet, except for dinks during winter crappie fishing.
Keep us posted, we're all learning!
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:23 PM
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I tend to have to drift for them on occasion due to strong winds. As far as bait, I prefer live bait. I set my lines at various depths by attaching balloons.

I also like to add bottom bouncers to the spread for any bottom dwelling critters that might want to cooperate.

The ultimate in drift fishing for me personally and a favorite of my friends is kite fishing, as you will visually see 90% of your strikes. Although it can be a little $$$ to get set up, "but once you do it sure is FUN!

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Old 08-02-2006, 11:13 PM
LittleMiamiJeff LittleMiamiJeff is offline
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We're too close geographically for me NOT to charter with you some time, fishing with you sounds like a HOOT! I'm not much of a live bait guy, maybe you could teach me something new!
This is a pretty busy fall, 4 day weekend in Missouri mid sept. the Pumpkin Run show end Sept. to Oct. 1.
I'll check your site out for dates and rates. Who knows! :)
Keep sending those :bigfish: pics, keeps my on the water!
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:12 PM
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I river fish for my stripers..I always fish the bottom with heavy weight in heavy water..If i'm not using live shad or jack i'm using cut shad,skipjack or gills..Believe it or not I have as much luck with the cut bait as live.I do try to always get my bait from the water i'm going to be fishing.Some people will tell you that this does not matter but it doe's.
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