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Striped Bass Rip Fishing

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Striped Bass FishingFor striped bass rip fishing we recommend a spinning rod and reel combo suitable for 30lb fused line.  The optimal rod is 6’6″ to 7′ feet long with a fast to extra-fast action and capable of handling lure weights up to 1 ounce.  This is a very versatile spinning outfit and is perfect for dropping the artificial squids to stripers that are holding back in the rips.

Recommended Line, Leader, and Terminal Tackle

We recommend loading the reel with 30lb fused line as opposed to braided line or mono.  Fused and braided lines allow for much greater casting distance than mono.  This is because is the much smaller line diameter of fused and braided lines.  In addition, the fused and braided lines have virtually no stretch which allows the angler to precisely work the squid, feel the softest hits, and easily set the hook.  Fused line is preferred to braided line because it has better abrasion resistance and is less likely to form a wind knot.

The line should be attached to a 3-4ft length of 30-50lb fluorocarbon leader using a 75lb barrel swivel.  A 50lb leader is certainly preferred when they are bluefish around.  The small profile of the swivel virtually eliminates any chance of picking up debris and provides an easy connection point between the line and the leader.  The angler needs to be careful not to reel the swivel into the rod as it can damage the guides.  Some anglers use an albright or uni-knot instead of a swivel.  This knot can be tricky to tie properly with braided and fused lines.

The rig we recommend consists of either a 4-6″ hollow shell squid with a small egg sinker inserted inside and a 3/0 treble trailer hook or a 3″ Berkley Gulp Squid which is available in many colors, has excellent scent and is very tough to pull of the hook. The Gulp squid requires no refrigeration to stay fresh. It should be rigged 4ft behind an egg sinker that is placed above the swivel and rigged with a single 7/0 beak baitholder hook in the mantle.

Fish Flipping/Release Tool

We always use a fish flipper or release tool.  The 3-4ft leader is just long enough for the angler to get a couple of wraps on their arm to control the fish while it is still in the water.  The release tool is used to quickly remove the hooks without exposing the angler to them.  It also minimizes any harm or stress to the fish.

Striped Bass Tackle Checklist – Rip Fishing

  • 6’6″ to 7′ conventional rod rated for 30lb braid and lure weights up to 1 ounce
  • Spinning reel rated for 30lb braid
  • 30lb fused line
  • 30-50lb fluorocarbon leader
  • 75lb barrel swivel
  • 3/0 treble hook
  • 7/0 beak baitholder hook
  • 1/4oz – 1oz egg sinkers
  • 3″ to 6″ artificial squids
  • Fish flipping/release tool

Please contact us if you have questions about our recommendations!


Tackle Recommendations
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Rods
Penn Legion Spinning Penn Legion Spinning
Inshore spinning rod - 6'6" to 8' - multiple models suitable for 6-40lb mono and 6-65lb braid - fast to extra-fast actions
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Penn Legion Spinning Penn Legion Spinning
Shimano Teramar Northeast Inshore Spinning Shimano Teramar Northeast Inshore Spinning
Inshore spinning rod - 6'6" to 8' - multiple models suitable for 10-30lb mono and 8-30lb braid - medium fast to extra-fast actions
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Shimano Teramar Northeast Inshore Spinning Shimano Teramar Northeast Inshore Spinning
Reels
Penn Spinfisher V Penn Spinfisher V
Spinning reel - models rated for 4-50lb mono and 10-80lb braid - 4.2:1, 4.7:1, 5.6:1, and 6.2:1 gear ratios - 5 ball bearings
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Penn Spinfisher V Penn Spinfisher V
Penn Clash Penn Clash
Spinning reel - models rated for 4-30lb mono and 8-80lb braid - 4.7:1, 5.6:1, 6.2:1 gear ratios - Full Metal Body, CNC Gear Technology, Leveline Oscillation System, HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers, 8 Sealed stainless steel ball bearing, Instant Anti-Reverse bearing, Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire, Braid ready spool and line capacity rings
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Penn Clash Penn Clash
Shimano Spheros SW Shimano Spheros SW
Spinning reel - models rated for 6-30lb mono and 20-100lb braid - 4,4:1, 4.6:1, 4.8:1, or 4.9:1 gear ratios - 4 ball bearings, Hagane body, Hagane gear, X-shield, cross carbon drag, and CF aluminum cold forge spool.
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Shimano Spheros SW Shimano Spheros SW
Shimano Stradic FK Shimano Stradic FK
Spinning reel - models rated for 2-20lb mono and 10-65lb braid - 4.8:1 and 6.2:1 gear ratios - 6 ball bearings - Hagane gear provides power with cold forged drive gear, precision cut gears for power and smoothness, Hagane body, Dyna balance, Fluid Drive II gearing system, and cold forged aluminum spool
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Shimano Stradic FK Shimano Stradic FK
Line
Berkley Fireline Fused Berkley Fireline Fused
Fused line - more resistant to nicks and abuse than braided line - blaze orange, flame green, or smoke colors - available in 6 to 30lb test and 125, 300, 1500, and 3000yd spools
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Berkley Fireline Fused Berkley Fireline Fused
Lures
Berkley Gulp Squid Berkley Gulp Squid
Softbait - 3" - GSSQ3 - available in 6 different colors - natural action, scent and taste - rig on a jig-head, a dropper loop or a Carolina rig.
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Berkley Gulp Squid Berkley Gulp Squid
Hooks
Mustad Beak Baitholder Hook Mustad Beak Baitholder Hook
92661-NI - Forged, Reversed, 2 Slices in special long shank, Ringed, Nickel
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Mustad Beak Baitholder Hook
Terminal Tackle
Mustad Rolling Swivel Mustad Rolling Swivel
77900 - Black Rolling Swivel w/round eye - available sizes/rating: 4/144lb, 6/118lb, 8/104lb, 9/77lb, 10/70lb, 12/49lb, and 14/42lb


Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon Leader Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon Leader
Fluorocarbon leader  - invisible, durable, max knot/crimp strength - clear  and disappearing pink colors - 4-200lb test and 30/100yd spools
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Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon Leader Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon Leader
Yo-Zuri TopKnot Fluorocarbon Leader Yo-Zuri TopKnot Fluorocarbon Leader
Fluorocarbon leader - additional abrassion resistance, lower diameter, invisible, durable, max knot/crimp strength - clear and disappearing pink colors - 8-200lb test and 30/100yd spools
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Yo-Zuri TopKnot Fluorocarbon Leader Yo-Zuri TopKnot Fluorocarbon Leader
Berkley Prospec Leader Berkley Prospec Leader
Fluorocarbon leader - invisible, durable, max knot/crimp strength - clear, blue, pink, brown colors - 20-200lb test and 25/33/75/100yd coils
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Berkley Prospec Leader Berkley Prospec Leader