If you are going on the water to fish, you want to have the right equipment and bait. If you are fishing for striped bass, you know that you can’t simply release any bait into the water. Why not explore the most commonly used baits for striped bass if you are unsure? If you know the best baits for striped bass, you are well on your way to set yourself up to have a rewarding catch. For those who don’t know, here’s a quick guide that can help you to prepare for your next fishing trip.
Clam makes great bait for stripers that love the gooey entrails. The fresher the clam, the better bait they make. Buy them in the shell from your favorite tackle shop. If you can’t get your clams fresh, opt for salted clams, but let the frozen option be your last pick. Early or late in the season are ideal times for surf fishermen to use clam bait especially in mud bottom bays and along sandy beaches. Boat fishermen can bring stripers to the boat with clam bellies when anchored around the back-bay structure.
Striper fishermen like to use two types of seaworm as bass bait: the bloodworm and the sandworm. While both are relatively fragile, the bloodworm hooks a bit better when comparing the two. A recipe for success for big stripers is a worm tipped at the end of a tube-and-worm rig. The scent of the worm is the real bait that hooks the striped bass.
Bunker can be live bait or sliced into chunks, which is the most popular way the bait is one. Bunker is a good shift from clam in the spring when big striped bass makes their arrival in the waters. Live bunker is typically hooked through the nose using a large hook and fished weightlessly, but surf fishermen tend to use the “snag and drop” method. When out in deep waters or faced with currents, it’s a good idea to use a three-way rig with a sinker to help it land in the target zone.
Mackerel make great live baits for striped bass. Fishermen tend to use mackerel bait that’s fished weightless on a live-lining rig or under a float around rocky shoreline and structure. Others use the slow-trolling technique to tempt large stripers. Still, dead mackerel make for solid bait when cut into chunks and fished on the bottom. If fresh pogies aren’t available, let frozen mackerel be a last resort.
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