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Old 01-10-2015, 12:48 PM
Mark Steiner Mark Steiner is offline
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Default Light Tackle Striper Fishing

Hello Fishing Friends!

I want to share a great technique with you in regard to catching Stripers with lighter tackle when drifting eels. For those of you that like to use the deadly set up of a 3 way swivel for drifting eels, this is for YOU!

Some years ago, while fishing Long Sand Shoal out of Old Saybrook CT, it occurred to me I could land Stripers over the 40 inch mark successfully with 10 -12 lb test due to the fact that very little was out there for the fish to get hung up on. When fishing sand bars or areas that are generally shallow - no more than 25 feet deep and preferably less; try this method to enhance your fish fighting experience.

Use your mono or preferably fluro-carbon leader at about 40lbs strength. Use a quality 2/0 or 3/0 hook like a Gamakatsu Octopus series. HOWEVER -when using the line tied to the bank sinker - use 4lb test. It gets better.....

The line terminating to the bank sinker should average in length at about 30 inches. Some like less - some like more. Too long the eel rides higher off the bottom. Too short and the need for a 3 way swivel becomes mute. What I found was that if I take my pocket knife and swipe the 4lb test a few times it becomes even less strong- but strong enough to get the eel down there without breaking. When the fish takes the eels and you set the hook and the fun begins - 9 out of 10 times the sinker will break away from the rig; leaving you a direct connection to the fish with no weight to hamper to fighting experience. When using lighter tackle, this is a huge plus in addition to the added feature of the Striper having less ability to wrap around something down there to hang you up and work against the hook.

Downside?? You go through a few bank sinkers. To me it's worth it and the experience of catching the fish without added weight is more sensitive and direct. I usually have a dozen set ups of 4 lb test tied to 2 ounce and 4 ounce banks ready to tie to the 3 way. I use light bank sinkers because I'm (the boat) drifting with the bait and unless the tide is really strong or in deep water...you really don't need heavy sinkers.
This method is really worth a try. Share with your light tackle friends and enjoy a little lighter and more direct angling experience the next time you drift some eels to ol'pajamas!!!
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