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Stripers are found in coastal waters and rivers, and coastal reservoirs. They roam in open water schools constantly pursuing baitfish. Good locations include rip tide areas, sand flats and land points.
The best time of year is during their Spring and Fall runs. Dawn, dusk, and after dark are the best times to catch stripers.
Rigged shad and swirltail grubs are excellent. Bucktail jigs, topwater plugs, and spoons are also very effective. Live or cut bait including bunker/menhaden, squid, clams and eel are very effective.
When shore casting, watch for activity in the surf. This includes boils, jumping baitfish, splashes, and circling birds. Cast towards this activity as it usually means feeding Stripers. When bait fish are dispersed, stripers use a hit-and-run approach, and do not stay in one place for very long. When fishing is tough, continue to move until you find active fish.
The choice of rig and technique depends on fishing conditions.
The Clinch Knot is recommended for all rigs.
Here are some popular approaches to Striper fishing.