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Top Striped Bass Lures of All-Time

Striped bass eat a variety of foods, including fish such as alewives, flounder, sea herring, menhaden, mummichogs, sand lance, silver hake, tomcod, smelt, silversides, and eels, as well as lobsters, crabs, soft clams, small mussels, annelids (sea worms), and squid. They feed most actively at dusk to dawn, although some feeding occurs throughout the day. During midsummer they tend to become more nocturnal. Stripers are particularly active with tidal and current flows and in the wash of breaking waves along the shore, where, fish, crabs, and clams become easy prey as they are tossed about in turbulent water.


Lure Type Lure Name Image How to fish

Creek Chub - Pikie

Casting / trolling

Bomber Long - A

Slow Retrieve

Boone Needlefish

Slow, steady retrieve. Faster during daylight.

 Gibbs Pencil Popper

Walk lure across surface. Change speeds from slow and steady to erratic if one style isn't working.

Cotton Cordell Red Fin 

Medium Retrieve - stays close to surface. Use as a locator lure to find fish.


Super Strike Super "N" Fish

 Fish when sandeels and thin baits are present.

Soft Plastic Tube Worm Trolling or slow retrieve. 12 - 24 inch. 

Super Strike Zig Zag

Use when there is a strong rip current
Surf plug Reverse Atom (No longer sold) Slow retrieve against current.
Swimming Plug Danny Plug

Slow - Medium retrieve with occasional jerk.
Casting Acme Kastmaster Medium - Fast retrieve. Great for long distance casting. 1 - 4 oz.
Bottle Plug Gibbs Casting Swimmer Steady retrieve. Turbulent water and fast current
Crank Daiwa Salt Pro Minnow Fast, ripping style retrieve. 
Darter Northbar Bottle Darter Match retrieve speed to conditions. Slow - calm to Medium - currents. Jerk occasionally.  
Popper Super Strike Little Neck Popper Fish when sandeels and and thin baits are present.
Soft Plastic Lunker City Slug-Go Slow retrieve. Occasional jerk. Use with off-shank or weighted barb hook.