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.”
30-pound-test Braided Line
Assorted Trolling Tubes
6-inch White Pearl RonZ (instead of the sandworm on the tube)