How to Find Big Stripers with Consistency

By Joseph Connors

Well before placing a tube within the water, the most crucial choice an fisherman can make is deciding on the place to fish.

There are many spots around Cape Cod that are worthy of trolling tubes. The rips off Chatham, the rocks down along the Elizabeth Islands, and the deep waters of Cape Cod Bay usually come to mind.

It's tough to beat a properly trolled tube and worm during the height of a sweltering Cape Cod summer. Even so one mistake that a lot of fishermen make is spending too much time trolling around in an area that does not hold any life. Trolling tubes has a natural inclination to put anglers to sleep-literally. It is exceptionally easy to place the rods in the holders, and putt along for the whole fishing trip, praying to run into a nice school of stripers.

Kicking back and relaxing is great, yet it is undoubtedly not the most efficient means to fish the tube and worm. A considerably more proactive approach is frequently necessary to locate a prime location with a lot of life. Spending extra time traveling around, and less time with tubes in the water, will often result in more bass hitting the decks.

If this seems counterproductive to you, give Developing a Strategy for Finding Big Fish a look over, to get a better understanding of what I mean.

Picking an Effective Tube and Depth to Troll

Once a location holding bass is located, you can then work on discovering the most effective depth, tube size, and tube color to fish with. The simplest way to accomplish this is through a process of elimination.

I may typically troll three tubes when tube and worm fishing. The first tube is trolled down the center of the Miss Loretta, as the other tubes are trolled off the port and starboard sides. All three tubes are trolled by using leadcore line.

If fish are seen through the entire water column, then a typical move would be to place the port and starboard lines at a exact depth (say five colors) and maintain the line running down the center at a different depth (say three colors).

Tube color and length varies according to the situation. The important notion to understand is that it is essential to vary your tube spread in line with the reaction you're getting from the bass.

For example, if stripers consistently take the 24 inch red tube on the center line (which was set at three colors) then it could pay off to alter the 30 inch orange tube that is running on the starboard line to a 24 inch red tube. Altering the starboard line to a depth of three colors rather than five colors will not be a bad idea either.

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