Striped Bass Fishing: A Fun Outdoor Sport for the Whole Family!

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Striped bass fishing is very popular in the eastern part of the USA. Especially during the summer months, many anglers tackle this sport while adding to their families’ meal plans.

The Main Actor in Striped Bass Fishing

The striped bass is a fish of any names. The zoological term is Morone saxatilis, but called striped sea-bass, striper or linesider. When anglers talk about hunting Atlantic striped bass, rockfish or rock, they mean striped bass fishing.

This fish has an elongated and robust body. Striped bass have a silver coloring, although its head and back are usually somewhat darker and appear greenish. Notice the pattern on its flanks- usually you’ll find seven or eight brown stripes from head to tail. Those stripes are the reason for the “striped bass” fish name.

Young rockfish mainly eat small crustaceans or shrimps as well as worms and insects. Full-grown specimens mostly feed on smaller fish, cephalopods or crabs. No wonder that the striped bass is considered a voracious predator!

The Right Equipment for Striped Bass Fishing

striped bass baitHere’s what you should consider when choosing bait. Wobblers or rubber baits with a heavy lead head and strong action (action shad) are perfect for catching rockfish. But crankbaits that emulate strong movement in the water also work great for striped bass fishing. Spinners or cicadas promise a high catch quota as well.

There’s a general rule with bass: Bait should be a treat for the eyes. This predatory fish looks closely at its prey before pouncing. That’s why bass anglers with experience pay attention to detail when choosing bait. They’ve found that bait with glued on fake eyes can be highly effective.

To successfully fish striped bass, you should cast your bait as fast and fishing pole open wateraggressively as possible. If a fish has taken the bait, however, you need to concentrate! Since fish have a soft mouth, they are often lost at this point. That’s why you have to reel them in quickly, but with finesse. To do that, you should choose a fishing rod that’s not too stiff. Also, don’t adjust the brake too hard.

Where Can You Catch Striped Bass?

Striped bass mostly inhabit the western Atlantic. They live everywhere from the St. Lorenz River in Canada to St. John’s River in the state of Florida and even in the Gulf of Mexico. Coastlines and bays are its habitat, which makes bass fishing easier. Popular fishing spots have often been established at such spots. During spawning season in spring, rockfish even swim into fresh water rivers to lay eggs on sandbanks. As a result, although there are large populations in fresh water, rockfish mostly live in saltwater.

Since rockfish fishing is possible in shallow waters, you can do it with the whole family. Children also enjoy fishing for rockfish. Your family can try it on the banks of smaller rivers. Rockfish fishing from a boat is also very popular. You don’t even need a large boat- you could fish from a sea kayak if that’s your preference! Just remember to follow these safety rules  – especially with children.

A Great Menu Addition

striped bass brings variety to the tableThere are many reasons why the striped bass is so popular with anglers. It’s a strong fighter, which makes this type of fishing a special challenge for sport anglers. Rockfish can grow up to two meters long and weigh 57 kilograms. On average, the fish are about two to three feet long and weigh 11 to 22 pounds. Such a catch is of course very rewarding.

Furthermore, you can prepare this delicious fish in all kinds of ways. Whether grilled, cooked, smoked, steamed or fried – striped bass brings variety to the table. In a fish restaurant, it’s often on the menu alongside other local specialties such as lobster.

Have you gone striped bass fishing before? Did you catch anything? Be sure to share photos of your biggest catch with your family on FamilyApp!

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