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Old 06-14-2013, 03:05 PM
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Default Stripers and salinity

For you striper experts out there, do stripers care much about salinity? I'm curious because it seems like there is so much more action closer to the mouth of the river than out in the ocean. Is that just related to food availability (there have been tons of baitfish at the mouth lately), or is it also related to the fresher water.

I'm curious because there seem to be so many baitfish out by breaking rocks, but I never hear anyone talking about catching stripers there. There are a few other points further out where we've taken lots of mackerel in deeper water, but never even get a hit from a striper.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:52 AM
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Default Re: Stripers and salinity

According to the research I've done, the level of salinity itself doesn't have much effect, if any, on the feeding habits of striped bass. They seem to be as comfortable feeding in freshwater as they do in the ocean. It does come into play during spawning, however.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:12 AM
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Default Re: Stripers and salinity

i do most of my fishing in deeper water because i hate the hassle of the mouth. what i have found is when the boat is surrounded by thousands of macks we dont catch stripers because they are on the edges of the schools picking off the easy fish. when that happens i have dropped the anchor and tied the chum bag to the anchor ball letting the boat drift off the edge of the school. live line some macks and start catching.

i usually find bigger stripers a few miles out and they are less likely to crash a huge ball of macks than smaller fish. big fish are lazy

this is just my experience and i might be crazy.
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