15 October 2020 (updated)

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

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.

What is Striped Bass Fishing?

This kind of fishing refers to a special sea dweller. The striped bass is a fish of many 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.

The striper has an elongated and robust body. They 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! It's also not too difficult to find quality striper lures since they have such a robust diet.

What's the Best Equipment for Striped Bass Fishing?

Here’s what you should consider when choosing bait: wobblers or rubber jigs 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 lures with glued-on fake eyes can be highly effective.

To successfully fish striped bass, you should cast your lure as fast and aggressively 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 live in 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 habitats, which makes trolling for bass easier there. You'll often find popular fishing spots in these places. During spawning season in spring, rockfish even swim into freshwater rivers to lay eggs on sandbanks. As a result, although there are large populations in freshwater, rockfish mostly live in saltwater.

Since rockfish fishing is possible in shallow waters, you can do it with the whole family. Children love picking out fun lures and jig when you're getting ready to fish for rockfish or striped bass. 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

There 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? Any tips for picking the right lures or favorite places for trolling around in your boat? Be sure to share photos of your biggest catch with your family on FamilyApp!

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