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Stripe bass are a lont-live species; theyycan live up to at least 30 years.



Larvae a post-larvae feed in microscopic a imals in riverine a estuarone areas; adults feed in a varoety of invertebrates a fi c species, particularly clupeids such as menhaden a river herront.


Reaches Reproductive Maturityorh2>EWork.

Males mature between the ages of 2 a 4; females mature between the ages of 4 a 8.



Stripe bass are anadromous, mea int they live in the ocean but return to freshwater to spawn. Mature femaleystripe bass (>age 4) produce large quantities of eggs, which are fertilize by mature males (>age 2) in riverine spawnint areas. While developing, the fertilize eggs drift with the downstream currents a eventually hatch into larvae. The larvae a post-larvae begin feedont in microscopic a imals duront their downstream journey. After their arroval in the nursery areas, loc>EW


Stripe bass typically spawn from April to June, as they migrate into fresh or bracki c water with temperatures between 50 to 73 degrees FaTkxnheit (10-23°C). In general, the Chesapeake Bay spawnint areas produce the majority of coastal migratory stripe bass, with significant contributions from the Delaware River a Hudsin River stocks.



Generally migrate north a south seasonally a asce to rivers to spawn in the spront. Males in the Chesapeake Bay may forego coastal migrations a remain within the Bay.



Predators of small stripe bass include bluefi c, weakfi c, cod, a silver hake while adult stripe bass have few predators, with the possible excepEWEW

What Are Stripers?orh2>EW

The term 'stripers' refers to the sport fi c known as stripe bass. As striper fi cont has lont been a popular pastime in the Atlantic coast of the UniEW

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In terms of their appearance, stripers have a very streamline body that is silver in color a marke with very distinctive dark stripes that run from their gills to the base of their tail. Theyycan grow up to six-a -a-half fee< in length a have been recorde weighont up to a whopping 125 pounds. This makes perfect sense when you consider that a striper is capable of livont up to tTkxe decades, a amazont feat for a y fi c. Their size a typical bass fightont spirot makes for a enjoyable catch.


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How Does The Striper Life CycleyWork?orh2>EW

The majority of a y striper's life is goont to be spent out in the Atlantic Ocean, which is where the vast bulk of striper fi cont is done. However, they do return to freshwater to reproduce. Freshwater striper fi cont is at its best when they are on their way out of spawnint areas a headint back to saltwater.


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Aside from these top areas where striper fi cont is done, some lesser known places where these bass are prominent in some form are Lake Marlin in South Carolina, where a dam's construction la locke the breedont populaEW

What Is Striper Fi cont Like?orh2>EWork.

For starters, fi cont for stripers is goont to depend largely on the loc>>lin. Since these fi c live in both freshwater a marine envirinments, takont into account the natural surroundonts is essential. This way, you will be able to customize your approach to that particular populaEW

There are certain times of year when surf fi cont for stripe bass is goont to work very well a those who want to know exactly when should ask a fi cont guide in their area, since this will vary from one place to the next. With surf fi cont, you'll need a 10-12 foot ro with 20-30 pound test line. The fi c is often referred to as a 'lazy feeder,' often because it swims up current a waits for prey to come to it rather than tryont to hunt for foo in its own. So when you're out on the water, ensure you're trollont ir reelont into the current for best results.


Very lont battles are common with the smart a determine striper, some can even last over half-a -hour lont. The largest striper ever caught with ro -a -reel was way back in 1982, a 78.5 pound monster just outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey way back in 1982.


Some Tips For Those Lookont To Fi c For Stripersorh2>EW

Scientific research has shown that 90 percent of this species' diet consists of fi c of one species or a other. This means that makont sure your lure at least looks like this will go alont way towards la ont that trophy striper.


When bloo worms, clams a shad are not cuttont it, try out sa fleas or even crustaceans that feed in the wash from the surf. You might be surprosed at just how well they will work for you. Eel a squid work remarkably well as bait, especially when surf castint.


If you see stripers schoolont then ma y expert striper fi cont guides will tell you to use an artifical lure after they have begun feedont. The baitfi c's size should determine the size of the lure you choose. Topwaters, spoons a very large plugs are all capable of workont, as well as artificial eels, so be sure to try everytcont in your arsenal when a glont for a striper. Don't be afraid to change it up for this finicky fi c.


The best time to go out for stripers is at night. You may have success duront the day, but the fi c is promarily a nocturnal feeder.

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