How to Rig a Fishing Pole for a Striper

by Keith Dooley
Use the right rigging to fish for striped bass.

Use the right rigging to fish for striped bass.

Stripers, or striped bass, are a popular game fish found along many parts of the Atlantic coastline. These fierce-fighting fish have been introduced into many lakes and reservoirs across the United States as game fish and to help control certain nuisance fish species. Larger stripers are typically found in the water holding near the bottom or on top chasing baitfish. Rigging for both scenarios is simple with line, terminal tackle and a few easily tied knots.

Down Line Rig

Place a 1- to 2-oz. sliding weight onto the end of your main line. Behind the weight, add a glass or plastic bead.

Attach a barrel swivel to the end of your main line with a Trilene knot. Form the knot by passing the free end of the line through an eye of the swivel. Bring the end around through the swivel once again. This will form a double loop above the eye of the swivel. Do not pull the loops tight; leave them open as they will be used later.

Wrap the free end of the line around the main line three times, beginning near the eye of the swivel and working up the line. Turn the free end down and then through the loops. Moisten the knot with water and pull the knot down tight. Trim excess line from the knot with sharp scissors.

Attach a 3-foot length of 20- to 30-lb. test monofilament fishing line to the barrel swivel with another Trilene knot.

Tie a No. 6 or No. 8 bait holder hook to the end of the leader line with a Palomar knot. Form the Palomar by first doubling the line 4 to 5 inches from the free end to form a loop. Feed the loop through the eye of the hook. You should now have a loop on one side of the hook and a doubled line on the other.

Tie an overhand knot with the loop and doubled line. Pull the loop down over the bend of the hook, moisten the knot and pull tight. Trim excess line from the knot with scissors.

Flat Line Rig

Attach a 20- to 30-lb. test length of leader that is 3 feet long to your main line with a Uni to Uni knot. Begin tying the knot by overlapping the main line and leader for 6 to 7 inches.

Turn the free end of the main line back to form a loop. Wrap the main line free end around the leader and free end three times. Pull the free end of the main line through the loop so that this part of the knot will not come undone.

Repeat the wrapping procedure with the free end of the leader and the main line. Pull the free end of the leader through the loop. Hold the main line and leader and pull the free ends of the main and leader lines to secure the knot and lock it in place. Trim excess line from the knot with scissors.

Attach a No. 6 or No. 8 bait holder hook to the end of the leader with a Palomar knot.

Items you will need

  • 20 to 30-lb. test monofilament fishing line, 3 feet
  • 2-way barrel swivel
  • Slip weight (1 to 2 oz.)
  • No. 6 or No. 8 bait holder hook
  • Shad bait
  • Scissors

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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