Saturday, March 11, 2017

Six Tough Nuts

Eggs, Scotty, Shawn, Dylan, Corey and Ashley

Cold, Rain, Windy, Water Temperature 53*
Thursday night I called Corey and told him he may want to reconsider fishing on Friday due to the weather but he insisted on going because his family was driving down from Pennsylvania. I hit the water at 4 to catch bait and picked them up around 6:30. As I was putting my third board out on the first set two rods hooked up. I had not had time to show them how to handle a fish with circle hooks so we boated one and not the other. I put out 5 or 6 more boards and had moved about 100 yards when 5 of them hooked up. Talk about Chaos, I had to ask them what language they understood up in PA. Fish were going different directions, people were climbing over each other fighting fish, it was crazy. In the confusion one guy even threw the biggest fish of the day overboard after taking it off the hook??? Boy did I have fun with him the rest of the day. The weather was tough yesterday... Cold, rain and sustained 25 mph winds with gusts strong enough to back the boat up. They hung in there and we all had a ball despite the weather.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Back in the saddle again

 Michael, Emory and Dylan

Poose, Pete, Frank, William, Steve and Alan

Sunny and Warm, Water temperature 55*
I took off December to hunt with my grandson [both of us harvested giant bucks] then in January my wife and I took off and went to Florida. Been battling a cold for most of February but the time has come to come out of hibernation and get back to work. Took the kids out one warm afternoon and put them on a bunch of Stripers and boy did they get Cocky! Two of them even took their shirts off for a while enjoying the warm weather. Today I took Alan and his crew out and put them on these 19 Stripers. Looks like Lake Anna hasn't changed while I was gone, still giving up great stringers of Stripers.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Stripers are Rockin!

 Bill and Steve

Dennis, Cole and David

With water temps ranging in the low 50's up lake to 60* at the dam the all the Stripers want to do now is fatten up. Time to get out and fill the freezer and have fun doing it.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Lake Anna Citation Striper

This is a video Scott Haun taped of George reeling in
 a Citation Striper on October 5th

Friday, October 07, 2016

A few nice Stripers

Mike, Jim and Ray

Cloudy and cool, Water Temperature 72*
Although it was a slow day on the water today 
we managed to scrape up a few nice Stripers.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Back on the Water

George with a 37 inch 18 pound Striper

I take a break every September from being on the water to catch up with projects around the farm. Many of my clients have emailed me to see if I was OK because I had not posted any pics in September, thank you for your concerns, all is well. I got back out Monday taking Paul Mader and friends out fishing a half day but had to start at 10am due to some timing issues with them. I had warned them that the better bites were early and latter in the day but if midday was the only time we could go we probably would not catch a bunch of fish but we could maybe target some larger fish to make up for the midday blues. I looked for about an hour trying to locate some schools but all the fish I found were in 30 feet of water spread out over 100 acres hugging the bottom. When I see this it normally it tough to get bit. I finally set up over some larger arches and put baits in their faces with downlines. We popped 4 or 5 Stripers before we hooked into this pig. The fish had messed with the bait for about 75 yards but would not engage it. George stood at the rod for 6 or 8 minutes then all of a sudden the drag started screaming. It pulled off about 50 yards of drag and George dig great fighting the fish. When it finally came to the surface we knew we had a nice one and I netted it. I knew we could not release the fish because it was hooked deep and was bleeding profusely. I measured the fish and saw it was a Citation so we got all of our rods in and and took it to the marina for George to make it official. Lake Anna welcomed me back with a beautiful day with old friends and the largest fish George had ever caught. Great way to start the fall fishing season!