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Old 01-16-2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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Going to VA for some Stripers. What size rod, reel and line should I use.

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Old 01-16-2009, 10:46 AM   #2
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I have four heavier type rods with 4/0 senator reels which is a little over kill but we troll and have baits that are up to 40oz. If you drifting with eels you need enough rod to reel in fish up to 50 to 60 pounds. If your headed this way this weekend you better have some very warm gear and have a good size boat. Its not going to get over 30 this weekend and we have allready had one boat flip and two guys died. If you want good local info go to tidalfish.com and go to the virginia fishing section.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:01 PM   #3
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Depends on how you will be fishing.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:20 PM   #4
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mross - Give us some more info so we can help. You gonna be trolling, light tackle jigging, eeling? What kind of boat you going out on?
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get a 320gti with a 7' MH action class rod you can use it for everything.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:11 PM   #6
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get a 320gti with a 7' MH action class rod you can use it for everything.
Good advice. Also, a medium to heavy spinning rig will work fine too, with the exception of pulling heavy mojos along the bottom. To keep it simple, you can catch ocean Striper by simply pulling a few 25+ and 30+ Mann's Stretches in Chartruese and red/white. But most add a heavy mojo (up to 48 oz) pulled just off the bottom using either wire line or braid. A large plug, spoon, or umbrella rig is trailed behind the mojo. If not catching on trolling rigs, jigging with 4-6 oz chartruese bucktail will get 'em if they are biting.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:13 PM   #7
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Gonna be pluggin with a spinning outfit, tossin bucktails and Bombers? Trollin wire? Live lining bait fish? 3 waying eels? Parachutes? niner rigs? Jigging? About 6 different outfits should be enough.
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:34 AM   #8
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get a 320gti with a 7' MH action class rod you can use it for everything.
Great reels, I picked up several over the years on ebay and they are hard to beat and pretty much bullet proof
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:03 PM   #9
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Well, I have been invited to go out trolling on a friends 28'. I have 2, Penn 309's on Penn Senator 3/0 and 1, Penn 113H on Penn Senator 6/0 that I will be bringing with me. As for everything else (eels, parachutes, etc, etc) I will have to see what the Captain is up for. Are these setup's good for Stripers or should I have something else.

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Well, I have been invited to go out trolling on a friends 28'. I have 2, Penn 309's on Penn Senator 3/0 and 1, Penn 113H on Penn Senator 6/0 that I will be bringing with me. As for everything else (eels, parachutes, etc, etc) I will have to see what the Captain is up for. Are these setup's good for Stripers or should I have something else.

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The 6/0 is huge for striper fishing, and the 113H (4/0) is also a bit big unless filled with wire.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:05 AM   #11
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The Penn 309s are perfect. I have 6 rods w/309s for trolling. I also use them for eeling. Bullitproof and versatile. Good Luck!
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I use Penn 113HSP reels with 6'6 20-50 lb trolling rods for wire line. 320 and 330 on 6'6 20-40 lb trolling rods for non-wire trolling, Penn 975's on 6'6 st. croix casting rods for most other bass fishing (eels, live bait, chunking, jigging, casting plugs etc). I also have some Shimano bait runners that I keep around when I bring someone fishing who isn't comfortable with bait casters.
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I was there last weekend
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The 113H is perfect if you want to run a daisy chain with a 48 oz mojo. Multiples on chains is not uncommon. You can always leave it in the car. If you don't bring it, you can use it. The 209's are right on the money. Today wasa slammer. Fish 40 to 43 inches and a few 38 & 39's.









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Carlos,

What was the water temp on Monday?

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Tom,

It started out at 39.4 in the morning and went to 41.5 by noon. Give me a call on my cell I lost yours when I switched phones. We'll talk. I'm going out again in the AM. I'm going out of the shop for an hour. The shop phone is 462-7140.



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Tom,

It started out at 39.4 in the morning and went to 41.5 by noon. Give me a call on my cell I lost yours when I switched phones. We'll talk. I'm going out again in the AM. I'm going out of the shop for an hour. The shop phone is 462-7140.



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Thanks for the invite!! I couldn't have made it today though, work is getting in the way. I am currently looking for a ride, the Albe is down right now. I'll try this afternoon, hopefully you'll have a good report!

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Thats a great catch but what in gods name do you do with all the fillets? Please dont say you freeze it because we all know SB fillets are garbage once frozen.
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Thats a great catch but what in gods name do you do with all the fillets? Please dont say you freeze it because we all know SB fillets are garbage once frozen.
Au contraire my good man! If frozen correctly they'll be good for months. I have some in the freezer now and they'll be nearly as good as the day they were caught. Heck, if frozen incorrectly they'll still be good a month.

Saltwater Striper keeps well.
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Thats a great catch but what in gods name do you do with all the fillets? Please dont say you freeze it because we all know SB fillets are garbage once frozen.
No, we don't all know that because it isn't true. The "we" that know how to properly clean and take care of our catch have many fine meals from frozen striper.
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