Striper Lures That Really Work Feb 1, 2019 17:35:59 GMT
Post by Virginia Striper©® on Feb 1, 2019 17:35:59 GMT
Striper Lures That Really Work
When stripers go on a feeding frenzy, the water is boiling, and birds are diving into the water after bait fish. At this time, stripers can be caught on almost any type of lures. Fishing from a boat, shore, or surf, we are always on the lookout for stripers feeding. We don’t find boiling stripers very often.
We fish from shore for stripers half the time, and when we do, we use anchovies, sardines, and pile-worms for bait. The other times we go for stripers on a boat, and we sometimes plug, but mostly troll. When trolling, we cover lots of water. We each use different lures and fish at different depths to locate the fish. The lures I show are all tested lures that have caught stripers. Many manufactures make similar lures and I sure they all work. Most of these lures will catch large-mouth bass too.
We troll with both medium-heavy casting and spinning gear using braided line with mono shock-leaders. Shock-leaders are used because braid does not stretch like mono. Braid can cause the hook to be ripped out of the fishes mouth when they first hit. Remember that when trolling, the smaller diameter of the line, the deeper the lure will go. The slower the boat while trolling, the deeper the lure.
On bright sunny days, the stripers tend go very deep. We find that on overcast and cloudy days, the stripers are more active and are more shallow. For fishing deep, we use 1 oz. jig heads with 6″ - 7″ large soft swim-baits. If we want to fish deeper, weight is added to the lure.
The second swim-bait has a 2 oz. sliding sinker to bring the lure deeper. To keep the sliding sinker from sliding, a toothpick is used to pin the sinker to the line. To change sinker, lure and swivel must be removed, and the leader has to be cut.
The third swim-bait has a wire rig which allows your to change sinkers easier. Sinker just snaps out of the rig by bending the wire arm. This rig was hand made by my friend. We fish using up to an 8 oz. sinker using the sinker rig. Trolling slow with the 8 oz sinker, we can troll down to 30′ - 40′. Sinkers can we used on almost any lure to make them go deeper. Trailer hooks are used on almost all the lure shown.
The lures pictured below are stick baits. The top two Rebels are shallow diving. All the rest are deep diving lures. These lures have been very effective at the local lake. Silver colored lures seems to work best for us. Trail hooks are used on all these lures. These lures come in all sizes and lip sizes. The bigger the lip, the deeper the lure dives. Some of these lures are jointed and are known as broken-back lures.
The lures shown below are very effective for schooling stripers, especially when they are boiling going after shad. Prices on these lures have gone way up. The Rapala’s are $9 - $12, and the Lucky Crafts are $15 each. Gets very expensive when you get a snags.
The lures pictured below are are deep diving crank-baits that are good for stripers and largemouth bass. We have had very good luck with the Excalibur in white and chrome. Crank-baits are good for plugging or trolling.
The top striper lures at Los Vaquerous, in Livermore, California has been the Rat-L-Trap in chrome color (pictured below). This lure is also great for largemouth bass and great for trolling or casting. The Cordell version of this lure also works well. Rat-L-Trap lures have been make for a long time and still is one of the top lures ever made. There are reports of people catching and releasing up to 20 stripers in a day. Limit for stripers is 2 fish, with a minimum length of 18″.
The below lures also comes in all different sizes. Larger versions of these lures are used for surf casting because they are easy to cast a long distance. These lures can also be used for jigging up and down in deep water. Diamond Jigs are great for the surf. Kastmaster and Krocodiles in small sizes are good for trout and bigger sizes for stripers. These two lures do not troll well because they spin and twist your line. Jigs have been used for stripers for a long time and are still very good lures for stripers. The yellow jig has a small metal plate attached to the head to make the jig drop slowly and to make more noise when reeling in.
There are a few fly fishermen at the lake. They do very well when the conditions are right using the Clouser Deep Minnow. The Clouser Deep Minnow is an imitation of a baitfish and comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Ideal conditions for the fly fishermen are when it is not windy, the water is flat, when the weather is warmer, and the fish are shallow. Some boats report catching up to 10 stripers in one day.
These two stripers were caught deep while trolling. The striper on the right ripped the pole-holder from the boat, and the rod was pulled into the water. Lucky the pole with tied down with a safety line.
Stripers fight better when caught from a boat than from shore. When trolling, the water is deep and the stripers dive deep when near the boat. From shore, the water is shallow.