Video: Wire Line Rip-Trolling Tips

Trolling wire line is one of the best ways to catch striped bass in the famous rips off Cape Cod and the islands, but the technique is not as simple as it may seem. There are many nuances involved, from rod and reel selection to boat handling. In the accompanying video, we walk you through some of steps involved in trolling wire line effectively in big ocean rips.

It’s important to note that the wire-line techniques used the rips off Monomoy (where the video was filmed) are not always applicable to 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 require the use of heavy jigs (4-6 oz.) and long lengths of wire (300 feet) to keep the lures 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.