Trolling is one of the most popular techniques for targeting striped bass. This helps you cover more water and find more fish. Live bait is the preferred bait of choice most of the time. Anglers will rig shad or large minnows on a spread of lines and they will use planer boards to help cover more water. With 2 to 3 anglers in the boat, you can easily fish 4 to 6 rods (depending on your state’s fishing regulations) with planer boards. A slow troll works best with live bait. Some anglers prefer using their kicker motor while others will just use their trolling motor to troll. You can use a variety of lures such as spoons, swimbaits and crankbaits if you choose to go the artificial route.