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Old 01-03-2016, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default Striper/hybrid

I know yall are protective of your striper info but just need some info to get me on the right track.I've just recently gotten an urge to try for a completely new species to me. First of all what's the best way to tell the difference between a striper and hybrid?

Best time of day/ best weather to target them?

Best baits/lures to use? From what I've read top water for lures and finger mullet work well?

Im not looking for any secret spots but is bw or escambia a better option? Im willing to put in the time to cover a lot of water but want to make sure im not wasting my time by doing it completely wrong.
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Stripers generally have solid lines but they can be broken at times. Body depth is usually a good indicator. Hybrids get that "tall" look from their white bass genes while true striped bass are more elongate.

Low light hours are usually best as is night fishing for them. Cold fronts certainly help spike a bite since it gets bait moving. Find the bait and the stripers are generally close by.

I carry an assortment of baits when fishing for striper. Big bait may mean big fish but elephants eat peanuts at times and you will want baits that match mullet and Shad from 3-8".

I usually fish Blackwater. I'm no expert and gave limited experience but I do well most of the time.
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Old 01-03-2016, 04:49 PM   #3
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Chris has got you on the right track. They can be caught in the area of East River, Yellow River, Blackwater River and Escambia River at any given time. Low light and bait. Those are the keys. Top water, rattletraps, diving plugs, jig both bucktail and plastic, plus live bait will all work at any given time. I've even caught them on fresh dead shad, cut in half and fished on the bottom with a Carolina rig, just like catfishing.

The fish move around and aren't fenced in. Later toward Spring, they will start moving up the rivers but they move freely from fresh to salt to brackish as the bait dictates.
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All great info. My best time to find them feeding is during nautical twilight, before sunrise. I also highly recommend fishing under the full moon because you have the right lighting conditions for a longer period of time.
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I've caught em on Badonk-a-donks, MR17's, crappie jigs, small/med swim baits...I've seen schools churn the water like a washing machine and would not eat anything I threw (no live/dead bait)...Definitely noticed a bigger bite when it is cold!
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If you catch a hybrid; gut it and cut the stomach in strips, hook it like a pork rind. We would catch 5X the fish over guys using lures/shad in Texas/Oklahoma when they jammed up at the dams in spring. I've only caught hybrids fishing for bass at Bear Lake since moving back to Florida.
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