Bank Fishing for Stripers Feb 1, 2019 15:20:07 GMT
Post by Virginia Striper©® on Feb 1, 2019 15:20:07 GMT
Bank Fishing for Stripers
Well we been able to pick up some good striper fishing techniques during our trips to our favorite striped bass fishing spot. We have had some good days a couple of bad days, and some great days when fishing for striped bass. Most of our fishing has been done at good ole Lake Texoma. I believe this is one of the best lakes for striped bass, aka stripers.
Most of our fishing here has been off the bank on the Oklahoma side. A typical day will involve an early start of about 5 to 6 in the AM. This seems to be the best time to get not only some of the first bites of the morning but also the bait.
While I have used some artificial baits while striped bass fishing, I have had the most success with live bait, and not the stuff you buy on the way in. I'm not saying that won't work although some that I fish with will scold you for using that. I just think they are set in there ways, and why not when their ways work!
We use a drag net, also known as a seine net, to scoop out Ghost Minnows and baby Shad. They seem to be abundant in any naturally formed cove up and down the shoreline. You don't even need to go to far out to get them.
We'll rig up using 3 - 4 oz weights and a 1/0 hook. Bait the hook with the minnow or shad through the eye and curl the hook through its flesh to the tail if possible leaving the hook hidden. Sounds kind of wicked when you describe it that way doesn't it, but it works.
You will most definitely hear that this is not the way to go with live bait. Most will tell you that you want to keep your live bait, well, live. And they are correct as I even touch on that in our Fishing Techniques page. But in this particular case, this seems to work better for me when going after the striped bass from the shore. I have just lost too much bait when I hook through the lips or nostrils. But try both and see what works for you.
I'll use a rod no smaller than 6.5 feet with at least 15 pound test line. In this particular section at the lake you can wade into the water a good 20 yards or so. Depending on the weather, you may want a good pair of waders rather than trying to brave the chilly waters. From here if you get a good cast, you can drop your line 60 to 80 yards total from the bank, although you may not even need to go that far. My wife has been successful catching stripers casting directly from the shore, just not as big as what you may see further out.
I got some nice rod/lamp holders at my local Academy store. We rest the rods in pairs spacing them about 10 feet from each other.
Sit back and watch'em strike.
You will definitely know when you got a striped bass on. With these rod holders, you will typically see your rod come up off the ground and either just balance on the holder or be pulled right up to the reel holding on for dear life!
Of course depending on the amount of people and poles in the water we have been able to pull in a couple of cooler fulls during a day of fishing into the evening using this method.
All in all as with any bass fishing tips, the most successful striper fishing techniques differ from one person to the next but you can't argue with results and if your fishing from the bank this "routine" has definitely produced results.