How Do You Set Up Line for Striper Fishing?

Striper fishing is a popular angling activity that can be done from shore or from a boat. No matter which method you choose, it is important to set up your line correctly to ensure a successful outing. Here are some tips on how to properly set up your line for striper fishing.

1. Use the Right Line:

The right line makes all the difference when it comes to striper fishing.

Monofilament and fluorocarbon lines are both good options for this type of fishing. Monofilament lines are more elastic and offer better shock absorption, while fluorocarbon lines are less visible underwater, making them ideal for clear water conditions. Consider the type of water you are fishing in when selecting the right line.

2. Choose the Right Hooks:

Hooks should be chosen based on the size of bait you will be using and the type of striper you are trying to catch.

Live bait hooks should be used for live bait such as minnows or worms, while jigging hooks work best with artificial lures like spoons or jigs. Make sure your hooks are sharp and free of rust before setting out.

3. Select Appropriate Weights:

Weights can help keep your bait in place in fast-moving rivers or tide-driven estuaries, so selecting an appropriate size is essential for successful striper fishing. For bottom-fishing with live bait, use split shot weights (or “pinners”) that range from 1/64 to 3/8 ounce in size; for trolling with lures or cut bait, use heavier sinkers such as pyramid weights up to 1-ounce size.

4. Tie on Swivels:

Swivels help reduce line twist caused by current, wind, and reel drag during casting and retrieving of your lure or bait, so they should be included with any setup.

Select swivels based on the size of your main line; small swivels (size 6) should be used with light tackle and larger swivels (up to size 4) with heavier lines.


Setting up your line correctly is essential for successful striper fishing outings. Use monofilament or fluorocarbon lines depending on water clarity; select appropriate hooks based on the type of bait/lure; choose split shot weights for bottom fishing and pyramid weights for trolling; and tie on swivels to reduce line twist from currents or winds. With these tips in mind, you’ll have everything you need for a great day out on the water!

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Michael Allen