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Old 04-26-2010, 05:41 PM
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Default Trolling for stripers in Chesapeake Bay

Im new to the game. Need some tips for trolling set ups with a small boat. Considering planers but dont know which to buy or how to rig them........
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:03 PM
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Stretches 15, 20, 30 etc.
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Where on the bay are you fishing? I fish the bay around Annapolis. Here is what I recommend....

Rods/Reels:

I would recommend starting off with a 4 rod set up (no planers), Penn 320gt2 is a good all around trolling reel for the bay and so is the Penn 113.

Here are a couple of good starter combos that will last you a long time if you take care of them - either will do. The 320 is a level wind and that feature can help you keep track of how far you let the line out so you can get your rigs out at different distances.

http://www.rivermarinesupply.com/xca...ammer_Rod.html

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Penn-320-GT2-Combo/10298927

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White and chartreuse tandem shad rigs on two rods and white and chartreuse umbrellas on the other two rods. Some days they like white, other days they want nothing but Chartreuse. Check out the 4 rod trolling package from All Tackle.

http://www.alltackle.com/chesapeake_bay_fishing.htm

Buy some inline cigar weights from 3oz to 10oz and some spro heavy duty snap swivels. Load your reels up with 30lb to 40lb mono or 30lb Power Pro braid.

Trolling speed can range anywhere from 2.5 mph to 3.5 mph working the channel edge, keep your eye out for birds too. Run one rod from the starboard corner holder, the other from the port holder. Run two more rods from an outrigger rod holder either from your t-top or from a deck holder, one starboard and port. If your feeling adventurous you could also run a 5th straight down the middle "way back" rod mounted in a t-top or leaning post center rod holder. Run lines at various distances and depths. You WILL catch fish if you keep at it. Get out there now the BIG ones are in.

Get comfortable with a 4 rod set-up and figure out what works, then you can move on to planers if you want or add a 5th rod.

Good luck!

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Old 04-27-2010, 12:31 PM
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Like Fishin Fool said,get out now or your gonna miss the bigguns.If your just starting,get a little time in before you try the planers.If you do decide to try planers.. in a small boat ,the plastic folding type are easier to store but dont ride as well and can only handle 2 or maybe 3 [on a calm day] lines on each.Since the idea is to get your lines out away from the boat,it would make sense that longer is better but if you've ever had a guy come at you taking up a 500' swath of water you'll see that thats a big pain for everyone else.Mine are only 75' out each side and they catch.
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Exactly what Fish'nFool said.

Also if your going to be striper fishing a lot, uutrodders are worth every penny. They are basically horizontal rods holders that help spread out your lines and get your rod tips closer to the water allowing your lures to get deeper easier. Up here in NJ we run 2 rod on the outrodders and 1 down the middle. Rods used are penn 320 gti2, penn 113 high speed, and abu garica ambasseduer. Lures consist of 9ers umbrella rigs stretch 25s and 30s and Tony Maja bunker spoons. Tony Maja actually makes the outrodders but his have a hinge so its easier to get the rod out of the outrodder. Hope this helps, good luck
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What Fishin Fool said is great advice. However, I'm going to add if you do more trolling than fishing bait I'd recomend a lever drag reel such as Shimano's TLD-15 over a star drag real like the Penn 320.

When I first started trolling for stripers I found that trolling mutliple umbrella rigs, with long leaders and a cigar weights a little too complicated. In my opinion the easiest thing to troll are Mann's Stretch lures, and I have always had the best luck with the strech 25's. The Streches are nice because you can completely wind on the leader rather than having an extra 15ft of leader line after your cigar weight. Once you get comfortable pulling 4 lures, then you might want to move on to trolling umbrella rigs with cigar weights, bunker spoons, etc. Good luck.
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Can someone clarify the hook restrictions for the bay. Can you fish a tandem rig with stingers/trailer hooks or would I have to remove the trailer hooks? On the MD website it is confusing to me. Thanks
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I believe it is two hooked baits per rod. I don't think it matters how many hooks you have on each bait. but you can't have 3 hooked baits on a rod. I'm speaking from experience, not from checking with the authorities. i never use stretches, only umbrellas and tandems. You can't have stingers during release season, i do know that
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Thanks. That's how I read the regulations also.
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http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries...lunlawful.html

this answers it. 2 hooks per rod. multiple hooks on an artificial lure count as 1 hook
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Thats what I read, but it would make more sense if it read 2 lures per rod instead of hooks If I fish with a tandem set up with trailer hooks I would have 4 hooks per rod.
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Get out there asap, the Stripes are hot!
I would go with 9" chartreuse Shad in tandem, or umbrella.
I put a crippled alewive spoon with a 9" shad in the middle of a loaded parachute and they loved it.
Fished it with a Penn 320 and 10 oz inn-line sinker.
Handled the load with no issues.
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Leave the stretches at home if you trolling more than a couple of rods. With the big umbrella rigs and fishing with tandems, because of the way they tend to wander, you're likely to have a fine mess trolling the stretches.
A lot of good information on set-ups, spreads, planers, etc. on the tidalfish site.
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Plenty of info right here on this site.
What else do ya need to know?
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tandems and small 6 arm umbrellas, white and chartreuse, smallest tandem we run is a 3 oz. and 6 oz. 3 off planers on each side at 110, 90, 70, two off the top at 150 and 130, two deep right off the transom at 70 and 90, two of us run 10-13 rods most of the time, my partner and I and his two kids boated our 4 yesterday in the shipping channel near smith point in 3 hours. all between 35" and 37".
Watch for nets and crabpots, it's like a minefield where we were.
Planers on 100' line by the way. We've had most of our luck on the planer lines and second best on the deep lines off the transom. Seems like the chartreuse with the black heads and the white with the purple heads are our lucky ones right now. Also the heads with the big, clear marble type eyes do best for us. trolling at 2.5 or so, usually watch the action of the rods more than the speed. We tie our tandems 15' leader on the lighter upper and 7' on the heavier lower. 30" leader on the trailer on the umbrella rigs.

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We can help you get the right gear. Here is one of our kits:



You can planer board fish off any size boat. We can help you figure out the best setup for your boat, offer advice and where and when to go, and give you on the water updates.

More info: http://www.alltackle.com/chesapeake_bay_fishing.htm

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