Hopefully, you’ve already watched the first episode of our fishing series Got Bait? and learned what happened when we put live minnow and squid strips up against Gulp plastic lures while fishing for flounder in coastal bays. Now, in the latest episode, The Search for Stripers, we set out with a livewell full of live spot to fish against BKD lures.


striped bass

Which do stripers like better, live spot, or BKD plastic lures?

Lots of anglers love live-baiting with spot, and it’s a proven method. But one thing that often stumps people is how to best rig the spot on the hook. In truth, the best method to use depends on what you want the baitfish to do. Will it encounter more striped bass if it swims down to the bottom? Or are those stripers swimming up near the surface? To get the spot to swim near the surface, you’ll want to put your hook…

A. Through the spot’s nose.
B. Through the spot’s back, just in front of the dorsal fin.
C. Through the spot’s back, just behind the dorsal fin.

And here’s another question for you striper sharpies: which sound is most likely to spook the fish?

A. The sound of an idling four-stroke outboard motor.
B. The sound of a running livewell or bilge pump.
C. The sound of a person, yelling “Hey, I got a bite!”

You think you know the answers to these questions? Then check out the latest episode of Got Bait? and confirm that you’re a savvy angler. And yes, of course, you will also pick up plenty of striper fishing tips. You’ll learn all about:

-What a fish’s lateral line is, and how it affects the way they feed.
-What “hot-rodding” a lure is, and how it helps generate more bites.
-The importance of color-contrast.
-How to rig up for live-lining.
-How to catch spot.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.