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.

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About Kinny Haddox 442 Articles
Kinny Haddox has been writing magazine and newspaper articles about the outdoors in Louisiana for 45 years. He publishes a daily website, lakedarbonnelife.com 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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