ABOUT STRIPED BASS/STRIPERS:
Striped Bass (or Stripers) are both wild-caught and farm-raised. Wild Striped Bass live along the East Coast from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to St. John's River in Florida, and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Louisiana. Striped Bass are anadromous—they live in the ocean but return to freshwater to spawn. After they hatch, striped bass larvae drift downstream toward their nursery areas in river deltas and the inland portions of the coastal sounds and estuaries. Juveniles typically remain in estuaries for 2 to 4 years and then migrate out to the Atlantic Ocean. Some striped bass spend the majority of their adult life in rivers or coastal estuaries, and some spend it in the ocean, migrating north and south seasonally and ascending to rivers to spawn in the spring. Striped Bass tagged in the Chesapeake Bay have been caught in Canadian waters.
Striped Bass have stout bodies with seven to eight continuous horizontal stripes on each side of the body from gills to tail. Their coloring can be light green, olive, steel blue, black, or brown, with a white or silver iridescent underside. Wild Striped Bass have light-colored flesh with firm, large flakes and a delicious slightly sweet flavor.
Striped Bass have a fairly long life, up to at least 30 years. Their growth depends on where they live – the largest Striped Bass grow to about 5 feet in length and 55 to 77 pounds. The average size caught in or area is about ten pounds, with many anglers pulling in beauties in the thirties. Check the regulations page for the latest size and bag limits for Stripers in New Jersey waters.
HOW TO CATCH STRIPED BASS:
We either drift or anchor for Striped Bass depending upon the wind, weather and sea conditions, as well as the latest feeding preferences of the Stripers in our area. Similarly, depending upon the same variables, we either jig for Stripers or use bait (eels, clams, worms). When we are fishing for Stripers (usually late Spring and Fall) checking our daily fishing report will let you know what methods worked best the day before. The Captain and Crew of the Dorothy B. are experienced in all types of Striper technique and the boat is stocked with all the necessary gear, so if changing from jigs to bait rigs and then back again is what we need to do to get into the fish, that's what we'll do! Our rental rods come with the necessary tackle to start you off, but if you wish to bring your own gear, a medium weight rod with a Penn Jigmaster or other higher gear ratio reel filled with 30-40 pound test monofilament is a good bet. On the ride to the grounds in the morning, the Captain and Crew will provide instruction as to the best tackle and fishing technique in light of the day's wind and sea conditions. Some days we'll move the bait or jigs a little more rapidly and you'll need to set your hook quickly, while on others we'll suggest you almost leave a dead stick and wait for the full bite.