- Elite Angler
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- Joined: Thu Aug 28, 2003 1:23 pm
- Location: Fresno, California
Stripers Relate to structure much like LMs do. Rocks, Drop offs, and Wrecks. They also hang out where Channels open up.
1st A sure thing is Bunker Chunk or whatever bait fish you have down there in VA. 20# Burkley Big Game with a chunk on a 5/0 hook just under the backbone. Bunker Heads do really well here. Put a 3oz weight about 2-3feet up the line and put the hook threw the nose. The heads float so this keeps the bait off the floor and away form crabs and the like.
You will catch the biggest Fish Chunking. This works best on Deeper structure. Bounce a Bucktail off the bottom when while you wait.
If we are near the shore or rock beds or sea walls you'll want to finesse fish. I Rig my Curado 200DHSV with 14# Fluoro and 6" Slugo's and fish it like a Jerkbait. Throw to the shore and jerk it back to the boat. Sometimes fast sometimes slow. Night Chunking those structures at High Tide is when we have the most success.
Keep an Eye on the seagulls. Alot of times they will tell you where the Stripers are boiling on baitfish. Anytime you see them busting bait on the surface use a Popper on some 15# Big game.
All these methods work really well up here. Hope they can help you down there.
I usualy Fish on a Pier
Daiwa Medium 7" rod pretty thick tho
I use 20LB Mono(SeaStriker) I think 20LB is good enough for alot of fish
I've seen a 46" get pulled up with 20LB Line IT WAS HUGE !
and if you dont care for size just try clam gets all sizes and bunker for the BIG stripers
Also I use a wire lead incase blue fish bite the bunker chunk
But I think Blue fish give a way better fight even the little ones swim far with your hook even tho your reeling in LOVE IT!
I havnt cough one using a convential reel yet :/ only on spinnning
EDIT** ALSO! get a rod that has a LONG BUTT so you can stick it under your armpit to really fight that fish