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Old 10-25-2007, 06:50 PM
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Default New To Stripers Need Some Advice

I'm sure you've gotten hundreds of similar posts. I've never delved into Striper land, I'm a Speckled Trout, Bluefish and Flounder guy that fishes Cape Hatteras in the Fall. I just purchased a 17' Center Console fishing boat for the Hatteras fishing and was hoping to use it on the Chesapeake Bay for Stripers and Bluefish. I live in Northern Virginia.

I was hoping to get some gear tips; rod and reel combos and tackle suggestions. I perused many posts but didn't quite find what I was looking for. Price limit per each rod reel combo is about 150-200. I'm just looking for some basic information to get started and hopefully have a productive November. I can always upgrade down the road.


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Old 10-25-2007, 10:31 PM
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Default Re: New To Stripers Need Some Advice

A book could be written (and they have) to answer that question. You're going to need to narrow it down a bit before anyone can give an answer that will actually help.

What style of fishing do you need gear for?
Trolling? (spoons or plugs or umbrellas - wire line or regular line with drails?....................???)
Bait fishing?
Jigging?
Plugging?
Live lining? ...................................

Conventional, Spinning ??
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Old 10-25-2007, 10:48 PM
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My advice would be to get some conventional and spinning set ups. Go to cabelas.com they will have all the combo's you are looking for. I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. I got my 1st boat last year and I was asking the same questions. On my boat I keep 5 conventional rod/reels, 3 with 20 lbs line ( 2 pfluger contenders $60 each and one penn 220 gto $70 which I favor) 1 with 25 (quantum cabo I think $175) and 1 with 30 ( penn 113h senator $?) and 2 spinning (1 with 12 lbs line and one with 15 both were pretty cheap) Next year I think ill add a penn 650 spinner with heavier braided line. With that I would say that I got it covered. But then again what do I know, I'm only a half a step a head of you and about 100 steps behind most of the guys here.
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:51 AM
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My advice would be to get some conventional and spinning set ups. Go to cabelas.com they will have all the combo's you are looking for. I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. I got my 1st boat last year and I was asking the same questions. On my boat I keep 5 conventional rod/reels, 3 with 20 lbs line ( 2 pfluger contenders $60 each and one penn 220 gto $70 which I favor) 1 with 25 (quantum cabo I think $175) and 1 with 30 ( penn 113h senator $?) and 2 spinning (1 with 12 lbs line and one with 15 both were pretty cheap) Next year I think ill add a penn 650 spinner with heavier braided line. With that I would say that I got it covered. But then again what do I know, I'm only a half a step a head of you and about 100 steps behind most of the guys here.
What no baitrunner cheech? Shame on you.
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:56 AM
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allright so I missed one... just another thing to add to the list. Which one would you suggest?
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:22 AM
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I was just kidding but if you are interested, I have the Shimano 3500 and 4500. I've caught bass up to 35 lbs on the 3500 without a problem, and I caught sailfish up to 70 lbs in Florida on a 4500.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:34 AM
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I have the 6500 too. Its a beast.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:43 AM
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I need one of them too. Don't know why, just do.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:59 PM
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Default Re: New To Stripers Need Some Advice

Thank you for the replies, I really appreciate it.

I just want to catch some fish . I want to troll and plug/jig in the Chesapeake and Potomac River from my boat.

I have a couple Penn 6500SS combo's that should work well for plugging and jigging. I actually bought two Okuma SD 45L's and two 7' Penn Boat rods today at Bass Pro Shops. They were basically giving the Okuma's away (clearance) and the rods were on clearance as well. I picked up both rods and reels for under 200 bucks. If the reels are garbage, then I guess I will learn on my first trip out. I've had other Okuma reels and they tend to hold up fairly well. These will be solely bottom fishing/trolling outfits.

I guess all I need now are lures and places to run the boat. I really hope I can become successful at this. I can see it becoming a complete (every weekend) addiction.
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