I fish by myself many times or with one or two inexperienced crew. And sometimes with a 6 month old labrador which actually acts as -1 crewmember. I know trolling for stripers hasn't really picked up yet as the water temp is on the warm side, but I won't be able to go fish for another 2 weeks so i'm trying to plan a strategy for the next time I get to fish. (Say Middle to end of november)
4 rods is the most I can really handle at once. I don't have downriggers... but I do have one penn international 30T that can handle trolling with some heavy weight.
I have two umbrella rigs, both setup with 4" shad and one 6" shad.
I have various bucktails, and going to buy some parachutes
I have assorted stretch 25's and 30's
I have a bunch of calcutta flashfoil 6"shad in chartreuse
Any suggestions? I'm willing to buy some other tackle.. I hear the word "stormbrella" alot but not really sure what that is. I usually get tackle at jett's in reedville and I asked around there couple weeks ago and no one seemed to have any advice for fishing.
A setup I was thinking about using...
Big rod: Umbrella with a 20 or 24 oz weight
Boat Rod: Tandem bucktail or maybe parachutes with 10oz weight
Boat Rod: Other umbrella with no in-line weight or maybe a small in-line
Run 2 6oz. parachutes 200 ft. back then run 2 12-8 tandem parachutes 1 chartruse 1 white 150ft. back and then 2 32-3 or 6 oz. parachutes on the bottom that way everything on the left side of the boat is equal to the right side and you can turn around on a time and your covering the water top to bottom
I would run one umbrella off a front gunnel rod holder at about 50-60 feet with 24 ounces or more, other front rod holder would be with 16 ounces inline in front of the other umbrella back about 75 - 80 feet. At the back holders I would run tandem parachute 6/4 ounce with 9 inch shad and stinger hooks back about 125 feet and then if you insist on using the stretches run one back on your last rod about 200 feet to keep it away from everything else. If not run another tandem chute with 4/2 ounce.
We usually dont run any more than 4-5 lines on any day. If the fish are there, 12 rods will only cause a mess when you get 12 fish on.
Short 1) Mojo + trailing bait. Usually run 24 oz mojos on a three way swivel with a trailing bait about 10-15' behind it. The trailer can be anything from a parachute to a storm bait.
Short 2) Copy of above, with different trailing bait (especially if bait on sonar is on bottom)
long 1) Umbrella on 8oz inline, fished well behind the mojo rigs.
long 2) bait that spends more time near the surface, such as a 4-6oz bucktail or a stretch 25
long 3) if the weather is decent and were not fighting idiots all day, Ill throw a stretch off of the hard top WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWB. For every mess its gotten it, its gotten the skunk out of the boat on a nice fish.