Striper Rigs for Catching Trophy Striped Bass

Local SoCal anglers love to fish for trophy striped bass, and effective striper rigs are the perfect way to bag these species. These fish love to swim in shallow bays and estuaries and along rocky shorelines and sandy beaches.

Effective striper rigs is like pulling striped bass out of the water. Source: Outdoor Alabama

Next time you’re fishing along with these areas for stripers, prepare the suitable rigs and tackles for your trophy fish.

Here are the most effective striper rigs to hook these species.

4 Striper Rigs For Striped Bass

1. In-line Sinker Drift Rig

In-line Sinker Drift Rig

Many anglers use drifting rigs to clam for stripers. When drifting for stripers, using conventional tackle and braided line is popular for many seasoned bass anglers. 

To tie the In-Line Sinker Drift Rig, snell a hook to your leader line and attach it with a swivel to your mainline. Next, put an in-line wrap around a rubber-core sinker to the line above your swivel. 

2. Carolina Rig

Carolina Rig

Carolina Rig helps you reach deeper down the water where the stripers are. With its more natural presentation, stripers are attracted to take the bait hooked. 

To tie the Carolina Rig, To tie Carolina rig, start by cutting a leader line (about 18 inches). Tie your hook to your swivel with a Palomar knot, Uni knot, Jam knot, and Improved Double Clinch knot. At the other end of your leader, tie on your swivel with a Palomar knot.

Make a loop to attach your leader to your mainline, then pull your whole line through the loop. First, pull your hook, then your swivel through the loop of your mainline. Moisten your finger and knot to make it flat before tightening. 

3. Fish Finder Rig

Fish Finder Rig

The Fish Finder rig boasts versatility when it comes to hook sizes, lines, and weights you can rig it with. It is a simple and effective bait rig for stripers, halibuts, and other bottom-dwelling fish species. 

To tie the Fish Finder Rig, cut around 18 inches of leader line and tie your hook at one end using a Palomar Knot. On the other end, tie on your swivel with the same knot. Next, feed your mainline through the pyramid sinker and bead before tying it to the other side of your swivel. 

4. Mojo Rig

Mojo Rig

Using Mojo Rig to catch stripers gives you the right blend between aggressive and subtle tackle to bag your trophy bass. This makes one of the best bottom fishing rigs that catches stripers. 

To tie the Mojo Rig, put your rubber peg through the little loop of your leader line before pulling and sliding your mojo weight in. Next, slide another rubber peg through the little loop until you hit the Mojo weight. Feed your favorite fishing hook next before tying a knot to secure your line and rigging your bait or plastic lure through the hook.  

Striper Rigs for Bank Fishing

When fishing for stripers in a bank, all you need to rig are hooks, sinkers, and your chosen bait. Usually, you can rig some weight on a Carolina to allow your circle hook and bait to sink to the bottom of the seafloor so the striped bass can take it.

Striper Rig for Shore/ Surf Fishing

Shore fishing for striped bass will require rigging the right tackle. Using a live bait under your slip rig with circle hooks allows you to cover more ground along with the current. 

Striper Rig for Pier Fishing

If you are pier fishing or targeting a deep hole or the rocky part of a bridge piling, a good rig is the Carolina, as this takes the bait down to the bottom of the water and keeps it there, making it ideal when you have the exact target location to fish. 

Trolling Rig for Striped Bass

Blue Water Candy 02909 Umbrella Rig
  • Package length: 41.656 cm
  • Package width: 13.716 cm
  • Package height: 2.794 cm

When you’re trolling for striped bass, you should try an Umbrella Rig. This makes it easier for your lures to be at the desired depth plus you get to have multiple out at once.

Striper Fishing Pole Setup

Your greatest striper find can usually be caught when you pair a medium power rod with a class reel filled with a 30-pound test braid and a 12 or 15-pound test fluoro leader. You can rig small to medium-sized jigs, plugs, and soft plastic baits with this type of setup. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best lures for stripers?

There are many popular lures best used for stripers. Ranging from eels, diamond jigs, paddle tail, mackerel, worm and tube plastic lure, and other various ones

What size hooks for striped bass?                                                                                             

Essentially, if you use clams or cut up baits, you want to use hook sizes between 1/0, 2/0, and 3/0. Always check your state’s rules and regulations on fishing if they have specific mandates with the use of certain hooks when bait fishing. 

The Anglers Behind This Article:

Sushmita Lo

Johanes Godoy

Jon Stenstrom

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