By Jessica Macdonald. Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products and services; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Especially popular with striper fishermen, the floating Heddon Zara Spook lure was first introduced in , and since then has become a classic choice for targeting all species of bass.
Looking to bag a trophy striper this season? Here are 10 proven baits and lures that can help you get there! Indeed, the majority of state and IGFA record fish have been taken on eels fished at night. The live eels will instinctively head for the bottom—right where the fish are waiting. Diamond jigs are about as basic a lure as you can get, but they remain remarkably effective, especially when big bass are holding in deep water with strong current.
If you've ever hung a big landlocked striped bass on an artificial lure , you know it's a jarring experience. There's nothing tentative about the way a striper hits a surface plug, crankbait or jig -- no slight peck, no mushy feeling, none of that maybe stuff. They may chunk topwaters or crankbaits at dawn and dusk, then snip them off and use bait for the remainder of the day.