Posts Tagged ‘Striper Fishing’

GEORGIA: Stripers in Transition and Spread Out

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The fishing has been good if you can find fish.

The fish are spread out from the dam to the upper ends of the lake. A lot of fish have run up the major rivers on a spawning run. This will end soon as they head back down lake. The best action has been early morning up close to the banks. The fish have been very shallow until the sun pushes them deeper. Look for them to start schooling up and chasing bait on top soon. If they blow up and splash water in the air, it will be time for throwing top water plugs.

May favorite is a Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost color. This usually happens in May and June.

By July, they will move to deeper, cooler water.

Capt. Preston Harden
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GEORGIA: Catching Quality Stripers on Lake Lanier

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Since my last report, we’ve been catching quality stripers on Lake Lanier.

Freelined and planerboard bluebacks, gizzard shad, bucktails, and McSticks continue to produce. Our boats are catching a few fish in the backs of creeks, but most of our fish have been on points and humps.

The night time bomber bite continues to be good. Long A’s and McSticks fished on points and sandy pockets after dark are working. My crappie guide has been doing well on chartreuse and pink jigs around docks and brush in stained water. Overall, the fishing has been great.

Everything seems to be on track for a great spring and summer on Lake Lanier.

Good Fishing.

Capt. Shane Watson
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GEORGIA: Warmer Weather has Produced Excellent Striper Fishing

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

With warming weather starting in late February, the March fishing has been excellent.

The stripers and hybrids are shallow and relating to windblown banks late in the day. The creeks are muddy with all the rain. As they clear up, the fish will move back in the creeks. They are in the main rivers with some fish preparing for a spawning run. I have not fished down lake because fishing has been so good up, but the lower lake should be turning on now with the water temp. approaching 60 degrees. My technique has been to cast small jigs and flukes to the banks. I run up the Tugaloo or Seneca river and hit points and red banks. I fish into the main creeks till the water turns from lite stained to muddy water. The fish are plentiful and spread out all over the lake.

By the first of April, they will eat blue back herring good. I will also use freeline herring early and downline herring under bright sky.

By April, the morning bite will turn on and be as good or better than evening.

Capt. Preston Harden
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GEORGIA: Stripers are Hit or Miss

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Striper fishing has been fair this week.

The backs of the creeks are colder than the middle due to the cold water run-off from the melting snow. Consequently, the bait and the fish are holding in the middle of the creeks.

There is an early morning and late afternoon bite. Live bait is working during these times with smaller minnows and threadfin shad outperforming the herring and trout. Keep your eyes open for the sea gulls and they will help pinpoint the feeding fish. Pulling free lines 80 – 100 ft. back and down rods at 20 -35 ft early and late are your best bet.

When you are pulling baits always keep someone on the front deck casting a 1/2 oz. bucktail jig with a small fluke trailer. Pulling an umbrella rig late morning and early afternoon is your best bet to trigger a reaction bite from inactive fish. Focus on points and humps with 4 arm umbrella rigs loaded with 1 oz. bucktails and white 4 inch shad bodies pulled 100 -120 feet back. The fish are scattered lake wide but flat creek and four mile has been the best producers. Keep your eyes on the water temperature. As the temperature warms the backs of the creeks should heat up first and draw bait and fish onto the shallow flats.

If and when this warming trend happens put your planner boards 2 -3 feet off the bank with bait 10 -15 feet behind the board and hold on!

Capt. Mike Maddalena
“BIG FISH ON”
Lake Lanier Fishing Guides & Charters
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GEORGIA: Cooling Water, Expect Stripers to Strike Softely

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The water is cooling rapidly. Fish are in the major creeks with some schooling during low light and calm conditions.

If the sun is high during did-day try a jigging spoon in 30 to 50 feet clean bottom on your graph. If they swirl on the surface, throw a bucktail jig and fluke or just a fluke on a jig head. Make it dance and fall. Use small jigs and light line. Work the lure or jig slow and pause regularly. The strike will be soft, even from a big fish. Herring will also work good on free line or down line until the water temperature drops below 47 to 48 degrees. This usually occurs by the first or second week of January. They will not eat live bait well again until about the first week of April.

If the water temperature stabilizes or warms some above 47 degrees as winter progresses larger stripers may become active. As this happens, bait moves all the way to the back of creeks and the larger fish feed on tiny thread fin shad. Small lures such as a “sassy shad” on a 1/8 ounce jig head work. My favorite is a Mr. Twister paddle tail in 3 inch pearl. Fly fishing with small flies works well. Crappie minnows under small floats also work.

Capt. Preston Harden
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GEORGIA: Lake Lanier – Striper Fishing

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Since my last report, the striper fishing has been up and down depending on the weather and where you are fishing.

The northend that was so strong for me last week has slowed down as the water temps up there dropped quickly after the ice, snow, and cold weather came thru. We had some 25 to 50 fish, catch and release mornings up there, but the last time I went north a few days ago, it was slim up there for me.

We came back down the lake and the fishing improved mid-lake and south. Capt. Mack’s 4 arm shad body u-rigs have produced best. When the birds have been diving and the fish have been close to the surface, freelined bluebacks, small trout, and bucktails have worked well. There are stripers in the middle to the rear of just about every creek you go into mid-lake and south. I know there are fish still up north, but it’s not like it was up there last week for me. Keep moving until you find active fish for best success. Blind downlining over deep bait is hit or miss at best.

The Guides, Staff, and Families of Shane Watson Guide Service, Hammond’s Fishing Center, and Carolina Skiff would like to wish everyone A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. We Appreciate Your Business.

Good Fishing.

Capt. Shane Watson
Shane Watson Guide Service
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GEORGIA: Stripers Continue to be Busting the Surface

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The stripers continue to be feeding on the surface most days.

Yesterday morning they were on top very well and this morning in the rain they were up for 3.5 hours. Our best producers this week on the surfacing stripers have been the half ounce white Spro bucktail and a McStick. These fish have ranged in size from 5 to 20 pounds in these schools.

It continues to amaze me how many stripers we have seen up on the surface lately. Some days they have stayed a little deeper and we have done well on downlined bluebacks fished 25 feet deep over a 30 to 40 foot bottom. We are also catching some really nice spotted bass that are mixed in with our stripers.

Capt. Shane Watson
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MASSACHUSETTS: Fishing Various Hot Spots

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I am not sure what else to say other than we have had a great run of striper fishing the last 2 weeks and we started the day today with great weather and some awesome striper action again. Brad and Dan met me at Brewers Plymouth Marine around 5am for the early start today. Another bass trip was on tap for us today and yes, off to the Race Point area again. As we pulled from the slip, we were greeted to an amazing sunrise with flat calm seas. It was a quick ride across the bay for us today running at 35mph. As we made our way across the bay, we hit some pretty low visibility fog banks which kept us from spotting tuna today. I know they were there because they have been sitting in the same spot every time we have made our trip across the bay for the last 10 trips. We just could not see them today.

Anyway, when we hit the race point area, there was a light fog which was perfect for getting those fish to come up to the surface. The last few trips, we had bright sun with little to no wind and with those conditions, the fish usually go deep and stay right on the bottom. Today, I was also surprised with the water temperature running near 75 degrees at the surface, that is usually another sign that the fish will stay deep in the cooler water. That is exactly where they were today, deep and it meant we were going to have to run the wire line to get them.

Within minutes of getting our line out, Brad was onto a fish. Not a big fish, not a small fish, right around the 34 inch mark. The second pass through, Dan hooked up, then Brad. Two more fish over the rails. Next pass, Brad nailed a nice fish. As soon as the fish hit, it just stripped line from the reel. Thats when you know you have a good bass on the other end. Every time Bard would crank in 10 feet of line, the fish would strip off about 10 feet. After about 10 minutes, Brad had the fish to the boat. I warned Brad that as soon as the fish get’s close, it is going to make another run, so get ready. Sure enough, that big bass made one final run stripping 20-30 feet of line off the reel again. As Brad worked the fish back up, I grabbed the leader and pulled it into the boat. Brad landed a 44 inch bass that was fat and pushing 40lbs. That was the trophy fish for the day.

We made several other passes catching and releasing 20-25lb bass for most of the morning. Right around slack tide is when we lost the bite, it was like someone turned the lights off. We picked up a couple of small fish here and there but that was it. All in all, we caught about 20 fish for the morning, all were legal size with the exception of 2. Not bad for a few hours of early morning fishing. It was time to head for home so we packed up the gear and made a path for Plymouth. Back at the dock, I filleted the fish and bagged them for Brad. Just another great day on the water with some trophy bass being caught. The bass fishing has been the best this year than I have seen in the last 5 years or so. This is a great fishery here in the Northeast so now is the time to get out on the water and try your luck for a trophy striped bass, tuna or monster bluefish!!!

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MASSACHUSETTS: Epic Striper Fishing

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Well here we are again, writing yet another post on how great the striped bass fishery is right now for the early 2010 season. If there is one word I would use to describe the bass fishing my customer Sean and I experienced today, it would be…hmmmmmm, EPIC. Definition of Epic Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size. The top water bass action was non-stop for 6 hours and every fish was well over 25lbs with lots of 30lb fish and a couple of 40 plus lb fish. It was one of those days that I have not seen since I was 18 years old. The fish were big, fat and just all over the top of the water. The seals were even fishing for them today among all of the boats.

The day started off with Sean meeting me at Brewers Marine in Plymouth for his planned bass trip. It was a solo trip today. Sean’s wife was up in Central Mass for some company meetings so Sean decided to get in on the great bass fishery we have here in the northeast. Sean arrived right at 6am as scheduled and we were off. It was a typical early summer Plymouth morning where we had no wind, flat calm seas and were
greeted with near zero visibility fog. It is nice having the radar on days like today.

As we made our way across the bay, the fog broke up and we had a very quick ride across the bay to Race Point running at 35mph. When we arrived to the Race, there was lots of birds, boats and fish right up on the surface. I had a feeling at this point that it was going to be “one of those days where the fishing would be non-stop” and that is exactly how it went. Sean made his first casts with our new top water lures from Guides Choice Lures and the lure of choice today for the fish was the M-80 Popper Yellow White Belly. This lure was deadly on the fish. Any time it hit the water, the fish were all over it. As Sean worked the lure up to the boat, smash, a nice keeper bass just ripped it down under the water, game on!!! Sean got the fish up to the boat and it was one of those “oops” moments where the captain (that’s me) dropped the fish back in the water and it popped off the hook. Sean took it with ease and I felt horrible. Little did I know, we were in store for one of those limits of fish in 30 minutes with throw back of 25, 35 and 40lb bass for the next 6 hours.

Cast after cast, we managed to hook and lose fish. For some reason, the would pop the hook just before getting to the boat. It did make for easy catch and release. We made a quick move over to where we had the big fish over the weekend (another Epic day) and they we still there boiling the surface of the water all over. It was so quiet on the water, you could actually here the fish finning as they rolled on the surface. We stayed with the fish all morning. Releasing fish after fish, 30 pounder after 30 pounder, it was just awesome. I have not seen a day like this since I was about 18 years old. Just Epic fishing. Sean’s arms were burning around 1030am from reeling in so many fish. This is when we figured we probably had caught and release over 60 fish between the two of us. One of the amazing things to see was that these fish were pushing bait right up against the beach and we were picking fish in 5-12 feet of water at time. Guys casting from the beach were getting in on the action and it reminded me of one of those “old school beach blitz’s” that you used to see during the 80’s. Sean had a blast today and I am pretty sure it far exceeded his expectations. To quote Sean during one of his battles, “this is another nice fish Roland.” If I had a dollar for every time Sean made that comment, I would be running a 38 foot Hydra Sport Center Console with triple 350’s. It was just one of those days!!!!

In the end, we had boated over 100 fish today, had 4 beautiful fish in the box that ranged from 25-44lbs and a lot of great memories.

Capt. Roland Lizotte
Reel Time Fishing Charters Inc
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GEORGIA: Lanier Striper Fishing (Memorial Weekend)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

We were lucky enough to be on Lanier everyday this weekend.

The Striper bite was great with low pressure hovering over the lake. Down lines are putting fish in the boat every morning. Fished tightly around brush for success, in the Mid-Lake area. We are catching many smaller Stripers, but still seeing a couple 10 + pound fish every trip. Trolling umbrella rigs is also working well for us.

As the temp. and weather stabilizes look for the fish to drop down deeper this week. Good Striper fishings is finally here. It’s a great time of year to introduce kids to fishing. Anyone can enjoy this down line bite.

See you on the water.

Capt. Scott Collins
Gettin Lucky Fishing
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