With the twin 300 horsepower motors the boat made the 27 mile trip in just under 1.5 hours. Joe Diorio is one of World Record Striper Company’s Pro Staffers. He was Greg Myerson’s closest competition in On The Water Magazine’s Striperfest Tournament. Greg hasn't competed in the tournament since his last win two years ago. So, Joe won the competition last year using the Greg Myerson RattleSinker, and he is crushing the competition this year. He has caught all his fish using the RattleSinker. When he wins it this year, it will be 5 years that the RattleSinker has been the tackle that was used to win it. With 40,000 - 50,000 competitors, this is no easy feat.
Back on Block Island, the crew is getting ready to hook into some large Stripers on Joe’s home turf.
They have really been running lately, but today as they look around no one seems to be catching much. The water is much clearer out here in the Atlantic, than in Long Island Sound; therefore, the Stripers are very leary of fishermen and their gear. Because of these conditions, Greg and Joe use a completely different tackle set up than they use almost everywhere else.
They start by using the Greg Myerson Fishing Rod made by Lamiglas.
It is equipped with 20-30 lbs. braided Cammo Green line made by Courtland. This line will be virtually invisible to the fish. They also remove the three-way swivel in their setup. Instead, they tie a fluorocarbon leader using a double union knot. At the joint they put in a good size eye or loop to attach the Greg Myerson RattleSinker. Greg recommends using a 2oz-3oz Cammo RattleSinker. Anything bigger will look unnatural above the eel to the Stripers and spook them away.
The last thing they look for is the current speed.
The Stripers only started hitting once the current reached 1.5 knots. Then the large Striped Bass started just slamming their lines. They caught numerous fish, that weighed 40lbs - 50lbs. and over for the next several drifts. No one else was hooking up. During the slack tide, they fished for Sea Bass, which were feeding in good numbers.
Although they set out to try and break the catch and release world record, they failed to do so.
The fishermen around them saw how they were hooking up with such big fish, and all they were catching was schoolies. They began asking what they were using to do so well. Greg showed them his set up and his RattleSinker. Once they switched over, the game was on. Greg once again proved his RattleSinker really works; at the same time, he gained several new believers.