How to Catch Striped Bass Like a Pro

For those who are new to striped bass, they are almost living on the Atlantic coast of North America. They are considered as a migratory fish because they move freely from salt to fresh water. Moreover, striped bass is one of the hardest species to fish because their dynamics are unpredictable and they move instantly. There’s no particular method on how to catch striped bass as it’s all due to knowledge and experience of each angler.

However, don’t fret, in this article, I’ll share you some of my tips how to catch striped bass like a pro. Read on!

First thing on how to catch striped bass is choosing the right equipment

I mean, you should prepare the most basic things to catch striped bass like a rod, reel, bait, tackle, fish finder. In addition, you should consider carefully fishing conditions to maximize the chance of successfulness.

Rod, tackle, and line


These three things are the most basic you should learn and prepare carefully. Striped bass doesn’t opt for any particular rod and reel. The key to choose a perfect fishing rod depends on which fishing type you will do. As I said, striped bass can live in both fresh and salt water so that you should set it in your mind where you intend to go.

Besides, your standing position is also important. On a pier, bridge, jetty, boat or from the surf? Last but not least, which do you use: lure or chunking bait?

After getting a clear answer for these questions, it will be easier to choose the reasonable length, size, weight, and flexibility of the fishing rod.


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I advise you to choose monofilament fishing line so that you can handle heavy striped bass, even up to 10 or 20 pounds. In terms of the hook, choose those sharp and nice ones with a minimum of ½ inch between the shank and the point so that you won’t catch the undersized bass.


When it comes to catching striped bass, you should take notice in the type of reel. In my experience, the best choice is saltwater spinning reel because it can handle 20-25-pound bass.


Striped bass is considered as a gobble fish so that you can use a wide range of live bait to catch them. For examples nightcrawlers, herring, sandworms, menhaden, anchovies, shad, clams, bloodworms, etc.

Type of bait depends on where you fish. If you don’t know the body of water you intend to catch striped bass, have a look at tackle shop or local bait to get some recommended types of bait.

If you don’t like to use live baits, the lure is not a bad idea at all. Metal, wood, plastic, rubber, and resins are okay.


If you want to catch big stripers like 40 pounds and more, consider fishing live eels to lure bass in deeper water because the bigger the bass is, they tend to hide near the bottom. This is arguably an effective way to land big targets, especially in spring, summer and autumn.

To maximize the chance of successfulness, make sure to keep eels alive until you use them to catch bass. You can use ice cooler to support enough cool and moist. Besides, ice will help a lot in decreasing the metabolism of eels so that you can handle them more easily. Never place them in water as they will die soon.


If your goals are big striped bass then think about buying a reliable fish finder. It’s worth it! Apart from choosing the best fish finder with advanced technology, another important thing is to know how to use it so that you can identify a productive area where fishes gather. To get it, read carefully the manual or ask the seller to teach you how to use is essential.


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Striped bass is really unpredictable from their move, location to the depth. These factors are affected by weather, time of the day or the year. From that point, when having a fish finder, you will know exactly how depth the fishes are to present the bait. Thus, the chance to catch them successfully will be increased.

Fishing conditions

There are three things you should keep in mind when it comes to fishing conditions. They are water temperature, water movement and time of the day.

The favorite water temperature of striped bass is around 45 to 65 degrees F. From that point, whether it’s salt water or fresh water, just choose the areas in which the temperature is within that range. Otherwise, you will never see any.

Also, due to that feature, in summer, striped bass will dive to the depth of about 12.2 meters to avoid the heat. On the contrary, in the winter, they will be in 1-2 feet below the surface of the water.

In terms of water movement, stripers go feeding when there is strong breeze or tide. This is because, in such moments, sediment will be stirred up by water movements. Baitfish will be attracted, which in turn, attracts the fishes.

Talking about the time of a day, striped bass usually goes feeding in dusk and dawn because, in such times, it lacks light, which is easier to hunt some small fishes. Thus, if you go fishing striped bass in these times, the chance will be increased.


The most popular method to catch striped bass is using tube and worm trolling as even the newbies can use it easily. To master this technique, you should know how to troll the tube and worm.

My advice for this method is to use it in shallow and flat-water areas. Take notice of the water temperature, it must be around 13 degrees C.

Tubes without bait are rare to catch bass so that you should use herring trip or live sandworm along. Using live baits help to create an inviting scent for the tube. This will attract stripers to come. Say “no” to spoiled or old bait as it is not the favorite of striped bass.

To avoid losing bass, think about a stinger hook adding to the tube.

To avoid losing bass, think about a stinger hook adding to the tube.

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After choosing the perfect live bait and tube, let’s move on to how to troll at the correct speed. It must be 3.2-4 kilometers per hour to mimic naturally the eel’s swimming speed. Thus, the bait will look more realistic. It might take some time, but keep calm as it’s worth it.

Next, remember to place the bait at the correct level. This technique is perfect to use in 3-7-foot water. And finally, after the strike, move the boat forward in the initial moment to get an ideal hook set.

Above are all of my knowledge and experience on how to catch striped bass like the professional. Hope that with this article, you will have some more interesting and useful information to have more successful fishing trips. Good luck!