Fishing for Striped Bass

Striped bass are one of the most popular saltwater gamefish on the east coast.

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Striped Bass

Morone saxatilis

Other common names Striper, Rockfish
Description: Dark olive green to brownish with silvery sides. 7 to 9 horizontal stripes run from the end of the gill cover to the tail. Tail is somewhat forked. Both dorsal fins are triangular in shape.
Average Size: 20 to 30 inches 4 to 15 lbs
Largest expected size 72 inches and 125 lbs

Striped Bass are anadromous, meaning that they spawn in fresh or brackish water. Never straying far offshore, they often cruise along the surf looking for feeding opportunities.
Natural baits : bloodworms, mullet, live bunker, peeler crabs, eels

Whether you are fishing from a boat or in the surf your best chance for success in fishing for stripers will be at night on an outgoing tide with your bait at or near the bottom.


Striped Bass photo courtesy of NOAA