Today we are taking a quick Striper fishing trip on Napa River before heading into the shop. Our goal was to get a few hookups using only the equipment and lures from our Striper Fishing Kit. And we had just under 2 hours to do it. If you'd like to check out our Striper Fishing Kit, it's available at CatchHappy.co and at our Napa, CA shop, Sweeney's Sports.
We launched at Cuttings Wharf around 6:30am and made our way out to the sloughs toward Vallejo where we started trolling for stripers using various rattle traps and swimbaits, which are all part of our Striper Fishing Kit. Austin, who is a professional Napa fishing guide, put the kit together based on what he uses to put his clients on the fish.
We used our kit rod and reels that come with the kit, the rod is an 6’6 Okuma Celilo paired up with an Okuma 2500 Avenger Reel and spooled with 12LB P-Line. We pretty much just wanted to cover a lot of water to find the fish. We stopped and threw a few casts in several spots, but trolling is what paid off for us to produce a few fish before heading in to work. We caught three nice stripers and lost one or two. It was a successful quick trip on the river. We trolled around 3.2 Mph and our lures were about 100ft behind the boat.
The river is definitely starting to pick up for Striper fishing and is only going to get better as the year goes on. Stripers will always be chasing bait in the sloughs, so when you find one fish troll through that area again because where there is one fish there are usually more. We trolled the rattle traps because we wanted that lure rattling fast to get the Striper's attention. It worked today. Tight Lines everyone and see you next week. Don’t forget to stop by Sweeney's Sports if you are around Napa and pick up your very own Striper Fishing Kit.