Striped Bass on Bucktails Feb 1, 2019 18:59:35 GMT
Post by Virginia Striper©® on Feb 1, 2019 18:59:35 GMT
Striped Bass on Bucktails
For targeting striped bass on bucktails we recommend a spinning rod and reel combo suitable for 20-30lb fused line. The optimal rod is 7′ feet long with a fast to extra-fast action and capable of handling lure weights up to 1 ounce (though you typically throw lures 50% heavier than the rating). Most anglers prefer to use 30lb fused line (as opposed to 20lb fused line) because the slightly increased line diameter does not noticeably affect casting distance.
Recommended Line, Leader, and Terminal TackleWe recommend loading the reel with 30lb fused line as opposed to braided line or mono. Fused and braided lines allow for much greater casting distance than mono. This is because is the much smaller line diameter of fused and braided lines. In addition, the fused and braided lines have virtually no stretch which allows the angler to carefully work even the most difficult lures, feel the softest hits, and easily set the hook. Fused line is preferred to braided line because it has better abrasion resistance and is less likely to form a wind knot.
The line should be attached to a 3ft length of 30-5olb fluorocarbon leader using a 50lb barrel swivel. The small profile of the swivel virtually eliminates any chance of picking up debris and provides an easy connection point between the line and the leader. The angler needs to be careful not to reel the swivel into the rod as it can damage the guides. Some anglers use an albright or uni-knot instead of a swivel. This knot can be tricky to tie properly with braided and fused lines.
Bucktails are universally effective for stripers especially when fished with a strip of pork rind or preferably soft bait-tails. These can be worked in any condition at a variety of speeds. Many serious plug fishermen claim if they could just have one lure, it would be a bucktail. The standard colors are white, yellow, and green (chartreuse), yet it is always a good idea to try to “match the hatch”.
Fish Flipping/Release ToolWe always use a fish flipper or release tool. The 3ft leader is just long enough for the angler to get a couple of wraps on their arm to control the fish while it is still in the water. The release tool is used to quickly remove the hooks without exposing the angler to them. It also minimizes any harm or stress to the fish.
Striped Bass Plugging Checklist
7′ conventional rod rated for 20-30lb braid and lure weights up to 1 ounce
Spinning reel rated for 20-30lb braid
20-30lb fused line
30-50lb fluorocarbon leader
50lb barrel swivel
1/2oz to 1 1/2oz bucktails
Fish flipping/release tool