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Striped bass, also called stripers, are silver with 7 or 8 dark horizontal stripes that are not broken.  Their body is longer than white bass and they have 2 patches of teeth on the tongue.  The hybrids, a combination of the striped bass and white bass, have silvery sides with broken horizontal stripes that are unbroken above and below the lateral line.  Big stripers over 30 pounds are not unheard of and fish in the 5 to 7 pound range are considered average in fresh water.  In the ocean, 15 to 30 pound fish are common and even bigger fish in the 40 to 50 pound range are possible.

Learn more about this fish by taking a look through this section.

Best Destinations | Basics | Lures | Live Baits | Rigs & Techniques | Catch Bigger Stripers
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How to Catch Striped Bass

In fresh water, anglers typically troll with live shad or big minnows.  You can catch stripers with many different lures in fresh water.  Topwater lures work great when the stripers are chasing schools of shad to the surface.  Big jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits and spoons work well when the fish are deeper.

In salt water, many of the same bass lures that work in fresh water will also work in salt water.  The lures made for salt water do resemble the natural bait fish that stripers feed on in salt water.  Most saltwater fishermen will use bucktail jigs, swimming plugs, topwater poppers, needlefish lures and soft plastics.  It’s very tough to beat live bait for striped bass in salt water.  Live eels may be the best bait, but you can also catch stripers on menhaden, herring, squid and a variety of other baits.


Striped Bass Fishing Basics

Freshwater Striped Bass

Saltwater Striped Bass

Striped Bass Fishing Basics (Quick Links)

Here are some quick links to the basics you should know about Striped Bass.  For more detailed information, take a look below.

line-3Best Striped Bass Fishing Destinations

There are so many great places to fish for striped bass and some destinations are great vacation destinations also.  Take a look below to see some of our featured striped bass fishing destinations.

Popular:  Montauk, Ocean City, Lake Texoma, Beaver LakeLake Cumberland

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line-3Fishing Lures for Striped Bass

Hard Baits

  • Crankbaits
  • Jerkbaits
  • Needlefish Lures (Salt)
  • Spoons
  • Swimbaits
  • Topwater Lures

Soft Plastics

  • Eels (Salt)
  • Jerkbaits
  • Swimbaits

line-3Fishing Rigs & Techniques for Striped Bass

Popular Techniques

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line-3Catch Bigger Striped Bass

  • It’s All About the Destination
  • Fish Low light Conditions
  • Learn How to Fish Offshore Structure
  • Use Live Bait

line-3How Weather & Seasonal Movements Affect Striped Bass Fishing

Time of Year (Seasonal Movements)

line-3Different Water Types & Depths for Striped Bass Fishing

Different Types of Water

Fishing the Different Depths

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Deep Water
  • Shallow Water
  • Suspended Striped Bass

How Striped Bass Relate to Cover & Structure

  • Open Water
  • Offshore Structure
  • Shorelines

line-3How the Time of Day Affects Striped Bass Fishing

  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening
  • Night


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