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Catching striped bass (stripers) during a full moon can be particularly productive due to their feeding behavior and increased activity. Here are some tips to maximize your chances:

Catching freshwater striped bass (stripers) during a full moon can be an exciting challenge. Here are some specific tips for targeting stripers in freshwater environments under the full moon:

1. Timing: Just like in saltwater, early morning and late evening are prime times. However, the full moon's brightness can also make nighttime fishing very effective. Stripers often feed more actively under the cover of darkness, especially with the increased visibility the moon provides.

2. Location: Identify locations where stripers are known to congregate. This includes areas near dams, river channels, submerged points, humps, and deep water near the shore. Stripers often follow baitfish schools, so finding those schools can lead you to the stripers.

3. Tide and Current: While tides aren't a factor in freshwater, currents created by river inflows or dam releases can play a similar role. Stripers tend to be more active when there's a noticeable current.

4. Bait and Lures:

- Live Bait: Gizzard shad, threadfin shad, and herring are excellent live baits. Use a downline rig or freeline depending on the depth you're targeting.

- Lures: Topwater lures like pencil poppers, walking baits, and chuggers work well during low light conditions. During brighter parts of the night, consider using swimbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics like flukes and jigs. Bright colors like white, chartreuse, and glow-in-the-dark lures can be particularly effective under the moonlight.

5. Presentation: Adjust your retrieve speed and style based on the fish's behavior. Start with a steady retrieve and then experiment with pauses, jerks, and speed changes until you find what triggers strikes.

6. Gear: Use medium-heavy rods with a good backbone to handle the power of stripers. A strong reel with a smooth drag is essential. Braided line with a fluorocarbon leader is preferred for its strength and low visibility.

7. Observation: Look for surface activity, such as fish breaking the water or birds diving, which can indicate the presence of baitfish and feeding stripers.

8. Moonlight and Shadows: Use the moonlight to your advantage by targeting the transition zones between light and shadow. Stripers often use these areas to ambush prey.

9. Noise and Vibration: Lures that create noise and vibration can attract stripers, especially when visibility is lower. Consider using rattling crankbaits or swimbaits with a strong tail action.

By focusing on these strategies, you can effectively target freshwater stripers during a full moon and increase your chances of a successful outing.

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