Striped Bass 101

Striped bass, also known locally as rockfish, are one of the most sought after saltwater game fish on the east coast. Not only can thy reach weights of more than 50lbs and exhibit fighting ability that will challenge even the most seasoned angler they are also excellent table fare. Many striper fanatics spend vast amounts of time and money chasing their dream of a wall hanging trophy, but how can the average angler get started with a reasonable expectation of success?

The striped bass is an anadromous species meaning they spend the majority of their life in salt water but migrate to coastal fresh water tributaries to spawn. They can be identified by their round profile, silver sides, white belly and distinctive dark lateral lines or stripes. Although they females, or cows, can tip the scales in excess of 50 lbs. the average weight caught is closer to the 20-25 lbs. range, with non-breeding schooling being 10-15lbs during the migration.

Stripers can be caught year round as they move along the coastal areas between New England and the Carolinas, but the easiest and most productive time to target them is during the spring pre-spawn period. If you are a new angler looking to try your hand I recommend doing so during this portion of the season. The fish will be traveling in larger schools, readily feeding and moving into more accessible tributaries – all of which will increase you chances of success.

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The Tackle Company of the New Millennium

Starting as so many companies do as a spin off, in 1987 Okuma had humble beginnings as an OEM manufacturer. The founders came with decades of fishing tackle manufacturing experience, and although small, Okuma has always been a different kind of company.

Under the leadership of the president and owner Charles Chang, the company has had a vision and a focus. In the last fifteen years this vision has gained in its intensity. Today Okuma is a driven company with and extremely diverse, loyal and motivated group of employees, agents, and customers. All of whom recognize something special happening here.

The Okuma focus is a pure and total dedication to development, raising the standards of what we can produce and what is expected, with an eye always to value. Destined to be one of the premier tackle companies in the new millennium, Okuma does not look for inspiration from other manufacturers, instead we find inspiration in fishermen. From the weekend warrior to tournament pros, we are committed to your needs. This dedication has seen both our factories pass the rigorous international manufacturing standards of quality control and organization, ISO 9001 for production in 1996 and the coveted ISO 9002 for research and development, in the spring of 1999.

We have established a network of Okuma agents around the world. More than a sales channel, these agents are an integral part of Okuma, part of our family. As a manufacturer, we have a unique relationship with the field. We are constantly in and around fishing tackle all over the globe, listening, learning and fishing. We recognize key elements missing in the field and strive to develop them. We see a world of fisherman, who want quality, reliability and the latest technology at a price they can afford. With an industry heading in a direction where reel technology is catapulting simple reels into the zone of weekly paychecks, Okuma understands the importance of value.


Salt Water Bait Tips

Lures are a multi-million dollar industry but bait continues to be the “go to” for many salt water anglers. While lures can be an excellent means of fooling even a wary fish natural bait allows to you to skip the trickery and offer what is already a natural food source. It’s like feeding your child what they already like rather than talking them into trying something new. However, bait does require more care and a slight change in tactics if you are going to be success.

Picking your bait

You want to use bait which is naturally found, and that your target species naturally eats, in the area you will be fishing. The best way to do this is to catch you bait yourself in the same water before heading out for bigger game fish. If you cannot collect your own bait pick some up from a local bait shop instead of bringing it with your from somewhere else. Even if your favorite bait works well at home it may not be the food of choice where you are going. Plus, many areas have strict regulations concerning the transferring of baits from one water to another due to concerns over disease or invasive species.

Next, you should always try to use fresh live bait. Again, this is what game fish are feeding on and this is what will result in the most hook ups. If live bait is not available look for fresh cut bait and as a last resort frozen cut bait.

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