The Basics of Striper Fishing

Striper fishing is a fun and lively sport for fishermen of all experience levels! Maybe you’ve always wanted to try it but haven’t had the chance, or maybe you’ve never even heard of striper fishing; either way we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for some basic information about striper fishing so you’re ready to dive right in with an outing of your own!

Plan a Maine Striper Fishing TripWhat exactly is a Striper Fish?

A striper fish—also known as stripers or rockfish—are striped bass native to the East Coast of the U.S. Typically fish that are caught range from five to eight pounds but have been known to exceed 70 pounds! The bigger they are; the deeper they swim. Because they do get pretty hefty, they tend to be a popular trophy fish and as a result have been planted in lakes all around the country for people to fish recreationally. For this reason, they’ve since become native to California.

Striped bass migrate between fresh and salt water. They spawn in freshwater but spend most of their adult life in bodies of saltwater. They can adapt to both environments. The striper fish is luscious, savory and minerally in taste. As they increase in size, they tend to be more metallic as well.

Catching a Striper Fish

The best way to catch striper fish is to move quickly and adjust your strategy to the conditions. These guys are speedy and unpredictable so the faster you retrieve your lure, the more likely you are to catch one. Make use of your fish finder to locate a good spot before you cast your line.

If you’re using an artificial lure, try to grab something that mimics real swimming action rather than spinning out quickly. For live bait, it just depends on what’s native to your location; if you’re not sure you can always consult with local fishing shops (or book a trip with Morning Flight Charters and catch your own bait first!) Standard types of bait such as herring, menhaden, squid, sandworm, etc. will usually suffice. Be sure to store your bait in optimal conditions.

When the weather is hot and sunny, stripers swim in deeper water so you might want to have a sinker on hand too—or if you’re looking for a bigger catch. Another thing to consider if you’re trying to snag a bigger bass is using live eel as your bait; it may be more appealing to the larger fish that dive deeper.

Fishing near white water? Try timing your casts with the breaking of the waves and stay close to the deep water.

Striper fishing can be as challenging as you’d like it to be, and we can guarantee it’s always fun! Don’t miss out and book your charter today so you can put some bass on the table for dinner tonight!

Three Essential Shark Fishing Tips

Maine Shark Fishing CharterWhether you’re a shark fishing newbie or just need a refresher, check out our essential shark fishing tips:

Know what to look for

Learn to spot signs that a shark might be in the area. For example, if birds that have been sitting on the water suddenly take flight, they might be trying to escape a shark. The same goes for bluefish—if bluefish that have been hanging out in the slick suddenly vanish, there’s probably a shark nearby. Other signs include disturbances or changes in the surface waters.

Use proper technique

Use a chum line to bring sharks near the boat. If a shark takes the bait, wait five to 10 seconds. Then, reel the line tightly and tug firmly once or twice to set the hook. Pull strongly, since you’re trying to penetrate the shark’s thick, tough jaw. Before you pull the shark onboard, remove all items from the landing area, and keep the shark away from the boat’s motors.

Use common sense

Congratulations! You’ve caught a shark. Now, no matter what, keep your fingers away from the shark’s mouth. Even a small twitch from the shark can cause injury.

Curious about shark fishing? Book your experience today with Morning Flight Charters . From June to October, we offer eight-hour and ten-hour shark fishing excursions off the coast of Maine that give you the chance to fish for four major shark species, including blue sharks, thresher sharks, porbeagle and the famous acrobatic mako shark. All bait, gear and tackle are provided on our shark fishing trips. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!

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