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I'm getting ready to tackle the mighty Striper. I have a rod/reel that should suffice but not sure what line to use?

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What rod and reel are you using?  Also what type of lure are you planning on? 

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What rod and reel are you using? Also what type of lure are you planning on?

An older 7ft. Berkley Series One Md Hvy- it's alot heavier than claimed. Comparable to most Hvy actions today.

Curado 200e5

Lure??? Hair jig....uhhh soft swim baits. This is my first foray into Striper fishing so I'm pretty much at the mercy of you guys and Roland Martin's finance driven advice. ;)

I won't be buying any rods or reels for this right now because all my extra cash is going towards getting a new piece of fiberglass to float my fat butt around in.

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12 lb big game is all you need.  That reel is perfect and has a great drag.  Make sure its set correctly, a 10 - 20 lb striper will give you some great runs!   Happy fishing.

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A twenty pounder is my goal right now. I would have expected heavier line would be needed but that's good. Won't have to buy any line. Thanks

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I use the same basic set up for stripers as I do for snook and juvy tarpon.  4000 spinning reel on a med or mh rod, 7'6 15-20 braid .  I use the heavier set up fishing in current, open water I like the lighter set up.

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RLRobert is on point. I fish for saltwater striper on a 6'6 freshwater bass cranking rod with 12# line on a Quantum Baitcaster. Biggest on that set-up was a 32" striper. I didn't have a scale with me that day, but it was a fun one to catch.

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I think the line type depends on how you're gonna fish.  12lb copolymer line will whip just about any striper in open water, which is where most stripers are hooked and played.  And copolymer has added stretch, which is good if you're trolling lures.  I like a softer MH fiberglass rod for trolling, but if you go with a fast action graphite rod, I'd definitely use copolymer 'cause you don't want to be ripping the hooks out of hard fighting stripers.  If you're drifting live bait, maybe heavier copolymer, fluorocarbon, or even braid would be OK.  But 12 lb copolymer will do it all and a standard bass reel holds enough line that trolling 100-125 ft behind the boat is not going to get you spooled.

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I would go woth some 12lb CXX instead of Big Game. It has about the same diameter, and although it's a bit stiffer and tends to coil more, it's also significantly stronger. Personally, I don't mind a little memory when using a casting reel. Also, CXX will last much longer than Big Game, as it won't degrade as easily as nylon mono does. 

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Don't worry, there will be no Big game for me. The reel already has 40# Samurai on it with a 15# Invizx leader. Guess I'll use that for now.

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Don't worry, there will be no Big game for me. The reel already has 40# Samurai on it with a 15# Invizx leader. Guess I'll use that for now.

dont let people talk you into thinking theres something wrong with big game. ive used 15lb big game for stripers and it held up just fine. line stretch and all that crap is overrated if you ask me. now if im trolling for stripers, i use lead core line with a 20-25lb big game leader

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Don't worry, there will be no Big game for me. The reel already has 40# Samurai on it with a 15# Invizx leader. Guess I'll use that for now.

That's even better.  I'd say you're set. ;)  Now lets see some pictures!

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40# braid is fine but I would use a heavier leader, most saltwater guys I know, including myself would probably use 40 or 50#.

My everyday setup is 15#braid with 30# leader or 20# braid with 40#leader.

I've gone back and forth mono vs fluro leader and have yet to see the difference in number of strikes, at present I cut my leaders form Ande mono.

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SirSnookalot, what knot do you use to connect leader to braid?  How much leader do you use?

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Philsoreel

It doesn't take whale stopping equipment to land large land-locked stripers.

My pb is 45 lb.. Did that on 12 lb Stren mono. But this was an over weight land locked striper in Norris Lake in NE Tennessee. It took about 15 minutes to boat that fish with help from my fishing partner.

Now a 25 lb striper say on the Hudson River in strong tidal current is a whole other ball of wax. These fish have way more fight than that 45 lb Norris fish did. But having said that we still have no trouble landing 30 lb Hudson Stripers on 20 lb mono. Note; we are fishing from a boat. This allows you to go after them should the need arise.

Hope my bragging helps...

By the way here is the Norris pig. Caught 1995.

45lbStriper.jpg

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Don't worry, there will be no Big game for me. The reel already has 40# Samurai on it with a 15# Invizx leader. Guess I'll use that for now.

dont let people talk you into thinking theres something wrong with big game. ive used 15lb big game for stripers and it held up just fine. line stretch and all that crap is overrated if you ask me. now if im trolling for stripers, i use lead core line with a 20-25lb big game leader

You're right. Alot of it is overrated but I've tried Big game and didn't care for it. Not liking this Samurai either.

Alright guys, please forgive my ignorance, what is a land-locked Striper?

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land locked means it's stuck in a lake and can't get out to sea like they do in nature.strpers can survive in either kind of water.if you don't like samurai then try this. 

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