View Full Version : Smelt for Stripers?

07-17-2008, 01:26 PM
Anyone catch their own smelt for bait and use the for stripers?

07-17-2008, 05:41 PM
YEP SURE DO... They're great for striper bait (I've only tried them live).... Best size for me is 13" and below.... The little larger ones will work also..... Just use a 5/0 - 7/0 hook and rig them like an anchovy and/or you can also run a stinger..... If you're just using the single hook.... LET THEM RUN FOR A BIT (LIKE almost 30 SECONDS) and then LOCK n LOAD....

08-13-2008, 07:42 PM
LIVE Smelt are great bait for stripers. The guys I fish with catch some nice size stripers off them. I use double hook setup with treble size 6 at end. Hook the first hook under mouth to top jaw and treble hook on the bottom belly/butt hole. Halibut LOVE smelt also.

Good Luck.

08-14-2008, 03:18 PM
smelt wont last long if u nose hook em like a chove u need to cross hook em thru the nostrils so they can gulp water to get oxygen. old school was double ended chrome sinkers then a leader then live bait knot with a small loop so the bait could swim, but the loop had be small enough to not let the barb go thru the loop hot live greenies