Wire Line Rip Tips

In the upcoming Bass River episode of New England Boating TV, to air Monday at 7:00 p.m. on NESN, we take a side trip to Monomoy to check out the seals and troll the rips for striped bass.

Trolling wire line is one of the best ways to catch striped bass in the famous rips off this part of the Cape, but it’s not as simple as it may seem. There are many nuances involved, from rod and reel selection to boat-handling techniques. In the accompanying video, shot in early July, we run you through some of steps involved in trolling wire line effectively in big ocean rips.

Monomoy RipsIt’s important to note that the wire-line techniques used the rips off Monomoy are not always the same as the ones used in other rip situations. This is mainly due to the extreme strength of the current off Monomoy, which requires the skipper to hold the boat above the rip line and “crab” the boat sideways to cover ground and pull the jigs over the most productive part of the rip. This technique and the swift current flowing over the shoals also requires the use of heavy jigs (4-6 oz.) and long lengths of wire (300’) to keep the lures down deep near the bottom. It’s not the easiest form of fishing, but it’s one of the best ways to take big bass in broad daylight.


New England Boating TV, sponsored by GMC and Boston Whaler and their network of New England dealers. The show airs Monday, at 7:00 p.m. on NESN.

You can learn more about wire-line techniques through the following article by CLICKING HERE.

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