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Striper Bass Downrigger Trolling

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Striped Bass FishingThe conventional rod and reel combo we recommend for striped bass downrigger trolling features a conventional star drag reel with a levelwind on a 7′ medium-fast to fast rod.  The levelwind is optional, but is a big advantage when making fine depth adjustments while the rod is in the rod holder.  This is a very versatile conventional outfit and is perfect for nearly all downrigger fishing applications.

We recommend loading the reel with 30-50lb mono which is attached to a 5ft length of 50-80lb fluorocarbon leader using a 100lb barrel swivel.  The rig is completed with either custom Santini Tube lure or a 3-4oz bucktail tipped with an imitation sandworm soft bait.  Both presentations are effective for taking big stripers in nearly any depth.

Striped Bass Tackle Checklist – Downrigger Trolling

  • 7′ rod rated for 30-50lb mono
  • Conventional reel with levelwind rated for 30-50lb mono
  • 30-50lb mono
  • 50-80lb fluorocarbon leader
  • Santini tube lure
  • 3oz to 4oz bucktail
  • 100lb barrel swivel

Please contact us if you have questions about our recommendations!


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Reels
Penn Fathom Levelwind Penn Fathom Levelwind
Star drag conventional reel with level wind - models rated for 15-60lb mono and 20-100lb braid - 4.3:1 gear ratio - 3 ball bearings - HT100 drag washers
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Penn Fathom Levelwind Penn Fathom Levelwind
Shimano Tekota Shimano Tekota
Star drag conventional reel with levelwind rated for 12-40lb mono and 30-80lb braid - 3 ball bearings - 4.2:1 gear ratio
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Line
Berkley Big Game Mono Berkley Big Game Mono
Trilene monofilament line - shock and abrasion resistant - clear, green, and solar collector colors - available in 8 to 130lb test and 1/4, 1, 3 and 5lb spools - exceptional knot strength
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Lures
HookUp SynTail Bucktail HookUp SynTail Bucktail
SynTail Series w/premium Mustad hooks and synthetic skirt for durability - available in 1/2oz to 6oz in a wide variety of colors
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Berkley Gulp Sandworm Berkley Gulp Sandworm
Gulp Alive! Soft bait - 6" - GAPSW6 - available on bloody, camo and natural - looks and feels like natural sandworms - rig and fish like live bait.
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Berkley Gulp Sandworm Berkley Gulp Sandworm
Berkley Gulp 6" Grub Berkley Gulp 6" Grub
Softbait - 6" - GSG6 - available in 6 different colors - tough and durable - fish at depths up to 300 feet - wide swimming tail for greater action and visibility
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Berkley Gulp 6" Grub Berkley Gulp 6" Grub
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