Best gear

If you want to hear the cry “striper on” often, here’s the gear Captain D recommends.

He fishes for stripers exclusively with Mitchell Avocet IV spinning reels on a variety of strong, graphite spincast rods because they hold up to the brutal fight put up by stripers and cast easily in any conditions.

When baitcasting, he recommends fishing 8-pound line because it throws farther and is harder for the fish to see. His favorite is green Berkley line.

When he’s trolling, he goes with 60-pound Spiderwire because you are more likely to hook up with the bigger fish and you often troll near stump lines. If you get an expensive deep-diving crankbait hung that heavy line comes in handy.

“You want to be able to pull it loose or pull up the stump with it,” Captain D said.

His favorite schooling bait is the 3/8-ounce Worden Rooster Tail. He also uses a ½-ounce at times to catch bigger stripers lingering under the splashing schools of smaller fish. He also likes Bass Pro Wind Rider silver and gold spoons in the ½-ounce size.

Other favorite lures include the gold/orange belly Smithwick Rogue, gray Mann’s Little George, Norman’s deep-diving Little N and Storm’s clear Rattlin/ Chug Bug.

And don’t forget your binoculars and landing net.

About Kinny Haddox 560 Articles
Kinny Haddox has been writing magazine and newspaper articles about the outdoors in Louisiana for 45 years. He publishes a daily website, and is a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame. He and his wife, DiAnne, live in West Monroe.

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