Grip and Grin: Midnight Stripes | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
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William Beringer hoists his nighttime striped bass that helped him win the Fall kayak fishing tournament. William Beringer hoists his nighttime striped bass that helped him win the Fall kayak fishing tournament. Photo: William Beringer

For striper fishing at night, when in doubt, throw a live eel out.

"This striper was caught and quickly released during early morning hours in 5-8 feet of water along a beachfront," said William Beringer. "That night I knew the larger fish i was looking for were feeding in shallow water but were being picky with artificial offerings so i threw a live eel on a circle hook and slow trolled parallel to the beach and quickly hooked up with back to back high 30" fish.
 
Both fish inhaled the eels i put on and peeled line from my reel that was set in free spool with the clicker on; after a 2-3 count id set my reel to strike and the the 8/0 circle hook would find its way right in the corner of the mouth which was essential to releasing these fish unharmed.  This night would yield a pair of 38" fish along with multiple smaller fish that won me 1st place at the Fall Run Striper Classic hosted by Why Knot Fishing."

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