Another excellent selection for F.O.W., Beve
After 23 years of being a Striped Bass junkie. I've compared notes on my striper chasing Coast to Coast. From the landlocked (no passage from fresh to salt)Stripers of Southern CA. impoundments such as Lake Silverwood or the Tennessee Valley Giants of the Clinch River to the All Tackle Records swimming the roiling surf and jetties off Martha's Vineyard and the Hudson River. Just to list a few other than my home waters.
I have been blessed to have caught a lifetimes worth the stripers in different environments/conditions and had unique experiences and chances to observe and compare notes from fishery to fishery.
One thing I can attest to, in a landlocked river or lake environment,
Stripers reign supreme and nothing compares to the ferocity and mass casualties they can inflict individually or collectively, when feeding. I've seen stripers feed effeciently in complete darkness with water so roiling and fast, it would have drowned most fish. Most folks don't realize it, but this is one fish that, as a juvenile or adult can survive a 80,000-100,000 CFS tumble over the top of Lake Whitney or PK Dam and live to feed another day. This is one way our Texas Stripers find their way into our Rivers and in some cases, can even reproduce. I have seen this occur on the Brazos in several different year classes following a major flood event such as 1990-1991 and even in 2007-2008.
Learning about stripers origin as a saltwater/anadromous (can live in salt and fresh) species really helped me better understand these fish.
Some of my very first Striper reads were the classics from the East Coast Saltwater Masters like Hal Lymon and Frank Daignault.
Want to get started with some plug fishing?
Stripers are primarily sight feeders and plugs are a great way to cover water and will catch stripers year around in a variety of conditions.
Here are a few of my artificial selections.
Rainbow Trout pattern plugs, poppers and oversize jerks -
I love fishing plugs for stripers
Remember, GO SLOW-ROLL FOR THE BIG FISH!!!!!
I'll touch on other aspects of striper methods and equipment later in the thread.