Gear and Tackle: Newport Striper “Doldrums”

Newport Striper Doldrums

By mid-August, striper fishing can be pretty tough, but not off Newport, Rhode Islandwhere cool ocean water washes over prime striper habitat, creating a baitfish-filled paradise for our favorite fish.

Captain Rob Taylor approaches summer stripers a few different ways. At first light, he uses large topwater plugs to bring bass to the surface, and when the sun gets high, he switches to the tube-and-worm rig (swapping the worms for soft-plastics) and catches the bass all day long. Below is the gear used on the second episode of the 17th season of On The Water TV, Newport Striper “Doldrums.”


Fishing Topwaters:

Van Staal VR150

Jigging World Nexus MH

30-pound-test Braided Line


Daiwa Saltist Star Drag 40

Jigging World Nexus MH

45-pound-test Woodstock Leadcore Line

80-pound-test Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon Leader


Musky Mania Doc

Assorted Trolling Tubes

6-inch White Pearl RonZ (instead of the sandworm on the tube)



Grundens Fish Head Board Short

Grundens Leader Long Sleeve

Costa Del Mar Salt Break

Shimano Ever Boat Shoes


Yeti Rambler 30-ounce Tumbler



Learn: Basics of Trolling the Tube and Worm Rig

Fishing the Tube-and-Worm

Read: The Worst Kept Secret Striper Plug – The Doc

Watch: More Topwater Striper Action

2 on “Gear and Tackle: Newport Striper “Doldrums”

  1. Tim leviness

    That is by far the best fishing video I have seen… great crew..
    Be safe.

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