The Striped Bass will hit a multitude of artificial lures. The ones shown below, have been, and still are my tried-and-true favorites for over 40 years of Striper fishing, at Smith Mountain Lake, Buggs Island Lake, and the Staunton River in Virginia.
Please note: The colors of the lures shown below are the colors I use for the Virginia lakes and rivers I fish for Stripers. They may not be the best colors for the particular Striper waters you fish, so try to "match the hatch" with your color selection.
Post by daddyhubbs on Jul 11, 2016 16:59:13 GMT -5
What would be your top 3-5 picks ghost? I'm from the Richmond area and will be up vacationing mid September. I have tried Striper fishing several times on previous vacations without any success. We will be staying on the lower lake area and have rented a boat for the week. I know that without electronics and not having my own boat is very limiting but I'll take any advice that you can give me. Thanks so much.
Pretty much will be at peak lake temperatures and thus fish generally schooled up and holding deep. A jigged fluke would be my personal mid-Sept lure - but without electronics to find the schools or pods of fish it will be tough - trolling may be a better option with downriggers or umbrella rigs - just remember SML has tons of timber up to 20' - and again without electronics to help stay in the clean river channel and speed up to dodge that random tree it may cost a lot of tackle
Troll a urig. You don't need sonar. It's nice to have but not a must. Get the Navionics app, for your smart phone, and troll the edge of channels. It gives you an idea of where the deep water is and it also gives you the speed you're traveling.
Downlining Alewifes works well but you need a decent bait tank to keep them long - but you can also use jumbo shiners. However you really need electronics for this - or - Look for the fleet of boats and hang out close