Fishing Resources

Striper Trolling Setup With Penn

Striper Fishing Rod And Reels

It’s no surprise the Reef Reeler crew went to Penn for a new pair of Striper rods and reels.  Typically, we’ll troll tandem mojo rigs with more than 40oz of weight not including the resistance.  Running tandem could also mean we are reeling in 100 pounds or more with two stripers on the line.  Although these fish tend to be a low action catch, they are sizable and when two are on they can fight each other. Here is a look at the striper rod and reel combo we will deploy this year.

Penn Fathom FTH40NLDHS Reel

We went with the Penn Fathom 40 size reel (Model FTH40NLDHS) due to a few attractive features. This Penn reel features an fast 7.1:1 gear ratio which is incredible for reducing that time for error while pulling in the line. It also is a is a lightweight compact reel with capability to go land larger fish from striper to marlin, yellow fin, blue fin and mahi mahi.  For inshore striper trolling, the reels are first loaded with 175yd of 40lb mono and finished with 325yd of 50lb dark green braid. We should never see the bright green mono while trolling for striper, but it’s there incase a day on the water turns into an epic story.

Other Specs:

  • Full metal body and sideplates
  • Stainless steel main and pinion gear
  • Dura-drag washers
  • 5 Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Double-dog ratchet anti-reverse
  • Line capacity rings
Penn Fathom FTH40NLDHS

Penn Ally ALLBW50100C56 Rod

The Ally boat casting rods are a great match for striper fishing. These rods are heavier in weight than others, but are a great rod for the price ($119ea).  At 5’6″ in length, these rods are great for the Reef Reeler as they will be easy to manuever on deck.  This Ally rod action is rated heavy and outfitted with quality Fuji aluminum oxide guides.

Striper Trolling Results

The Reef Reeler team will put these Penn Striper setups through the paces this year.  We will presented pros and cons, general thoughts and results of each day’s trip out.  Be sure to check back for posts and videos of our striper trolling adventures.

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