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.”

Rods/Reels/Line:

Fishing Topwaters:

Van Staal VR150

Jigging World Nexus MH

30-pound-test Braided Line

Trolling:

Daiwa Saltist Star Drag 40

Jigging World Nexus MH

45-pound-test Woodstock Leadcore Line

80-pound-test Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon Leader

Lures:

Musky Mania Doc

Assorted Trolling Tubes

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

Apparel:

(Jimmy)

Grundens Fish Head Board Short

Grundens Leader Long Sleeve

Costa Del Mar Salt Break

Shimano Ever Boat Shoes

Misc:

Yeti Rambler 30-ounce Tumbler

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WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

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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