Structure Jigging Stripers

You could argue that stripers and trout are similar in how they stage on structure in heavy current. While in bigger, deeper waters, a striper might behave like a trout waiting for a fly when it stages behind drop-offs, boulders, wrecks or whatever large structure might be present, eagerly waiting for a bait fish to be swept down by the tide.

Striper Strucutre Jigging

Structure Jigging Approach:

Drifting: I tend to favor drifting, personally, over anchored structure jigging, as you can fish all areas around a piece of structure. In many cases, stripers will position themselves in a number of different places around the structure. Drifting is also ideal when vertically jigging rips caused by a shoal. By not being tethered to the bottom, you are able to move around more easily and try different spots.

1. Run up tide about 200 feet in front of the structure you would like to fish.

2. Drop your lure to the bottom and jig it upwards for or five times.

3. Once you feel the lure rising off the bottom, drop it back down and repeat.

Anchored/Positioned:

Positioning yourself in front of the structure is a great method to focus on just one point of the structure you are targeting. Be sure to have a plan for hooking up with a large fish that requires you to drift off anchor quickly.

1. Anchor or maintain enough forward ger to hold the boat in position about 50  feet in front of the strucutre.

2. Drop your lures to the bottom and jig it upwards four or five times.

3. Once you feel the lure rising off the bottom, drop it back down and repeat.

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