How To Catch Striped Bass

From Topwater to Swimbaits, we show you how to target big striped bass! If you've ever wanted to catch Striper on artificial lures, this information will help you be more successful. Come along for an exciting day on the water!

We begin throwing big swimbaits in the early morning hours. As the day unfolds we transition to a combination of swimbaits, topwater both big and small, and swim jigs. This combination allowed us to maximize our time on the water, increase or shot a big bites, without catching too many smaller fish.

Traditional striper fishing involves cut bait, rattle traps, and small topwater lures. These are all incredibly effective ways to catch striped bass, but they're not great ways to consistently TARGET Big Striped Bass. We use a combination of swimbaits and topwater to eliminate the smaller bites and more effectively target the big bass that we're searching for.

The baits in order of appearance...

S-Waver 200 (Light Trout, Powder, Bone):

Evergreen Shower Blows Topwater (150):

Jackall DowzSwimmer 220:

R2S Rover 128 Topwater:

California Swim Jig 3/4 oz (Dirty Shad, Crappie, Citrus Shad):

Keitech 4.8 Swimbait (French Pearl, Sight Flash):

Swimbait Setup...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Tranx 300:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 8' Heavy Swimbait:

Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro:

Swim Jig/Large Topwater Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'6" Medium Heavy:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb:


Need Apparel? Tacticalbassin Gear is in stock! Get your hats, Hoodies, and sunshirts by emailing

Tim Stripe-2.jpg