Striped bass, also known as striper, rockfish, linesider, or true bass, is considered the most sought-after inshore fish of anglers. If you want to learn more about stripers, continue reading below!
Striped Bass: What Are They?
The striped bass is a fish with a stout appearance, compressed body, and largemouth, with 7 to 8 horizontal stripes on each side starting from the gills to the tails. Its color is fairly unique since this fish can vary in color. Their colors can be olive, light green, brown top, steel blue, or black, with some white or silver undersides.
The striped bass can live for up to 30 years (pretty long!) and can grow to a length of up to 5 feet and a weight of up to 77 pounds, but this largely depends on their environment. Male striped bass becomes sexually mature between the ages of 2-4 years old, and 4-8 years old for female stripers. Larval stripers feed on microscopic animals, while juveniles feed on small fishes and crustaceans. Adult stripers feed on small fishes and certain crabs and squids.
Where and When to Catch Striped Bass
This fish favors large bodies of deep and clear water, likes an ideal water temperature in between 18.3 to 21.1 degrees Celsius. Stripers are considered migratory, so the exact time and place to catch one are changing constantly. However, striped bass can be seen inshore, in sea structures, and be seen year-round. The places where striped bass can be seen more often are the Chesapeake Bay area, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and Plantation Light among others.
The best season to catch stripers varies because of their migratory patterns but they most certainly favor the seasons of spring and winter so keep this in mind when you plan your fishing trip.
How to Catch Striped Bass
Since the sea bass is a structurally oriented fish, you can easily find them in reefs, wrecks, and inlets. Stripers favor the waters with strong currents as they wait there for a potential meal to come, so be mindful of the water current. Catching stripers use common methods such as trolling but fly fishing is also considered. Since they prefer small fish, you can use it to troll the fish. Night fishing is also considered since stripers feed the most at night, so you better bring a flashlight with you if you want to fish at night.
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Enjoying your Striped Bass Catch
What is considered a fishing trip without tasting your catch? That is why you have to taste your striper catch. While this fish is controlled after overfishing in 2018, you can now certainly catch and eat without guilt as this fish is controlled by authorities. You can make a striped bass dish with almost any cooking technique, but the ones favored are searing, sauteing, broiling, and grilling. But you can certainly experiment and make your own dish so you can enjoy it fully.
Eating striper is also a healthy source of low-fat protein and certain minerals just like the snowy grouper. The fish’s meat texture is flaky, while its taste is mildly sweet, which is perfect for the earlier mentioned cooking methods.
Enjoy your catch!