Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Cayden strugling to hold up his share of the bar.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Friday, May 22, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Although these shots were taken from my Simrad, Lowrance HDS will show you similar views. I use both and think they are "The Bomb".
Posted by Jim Hemby at Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This is a screen shot I took a couple days ago. I am on a 80 foot side scan scale [80 feet to the left and right] and a 45 foot scale on my echo [sonar] window.You can see Stripers both on side scan [small vertical dashes] and as yellow and red arches on my echo window. I have adjusted my splits between the screens to have more of a size window on the sonar than the side scan. That way I can see the echo's of the Stripers a little better.
In this pic I customized my depths on my echo page to an upper limit of 15 feet. By doing so I can eliminate the upper water column which no fish are in and see the fish much more clearly. About halfway through the shot you can see us making 2 foot pulls lowering a bait down into the school then getting clobered by a Striper. These fish were not feeding until I put the bait in their faces then they started to get excited and started streaking. We had some fun with this school.
Here are some dormant Stripers not feeding. The colorful horizontal lineis my sinker and the light line under it is the bait. As you can see I lowered bait from 22 feet down to 28 feet in hopes of inciting a strike. Come to find out after not being bit that our bait was dead. No wonder we didn't get bit! Notice this was just a small pod of Stripers, nothing showing up on side scan. Within a few minutes I did see some Stripers on side scan, went to them and started catching them as can be seen in the picture above this one.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Cindy, Britteny, Manny, Mary, Daniel, Naomi, Mahlon, Darion, Courtney
Sunny and Hot, Water Temperature 77* and Clear
Daniel Rhodes wanted to take his crew out for a morning of fellowship and fishing so he booked a trip with DP and myself. Although fishing was tough this morning we managed to catch about 80 Stripers and they had enough to take back for a nice fish fry. Today we looked long and hard to find fish but only located a couple of schools. Everyone was happy and enjoyed the outing.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Monday, May 18, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Aaron with 2 nice bass. The one on the left is 21 1/2 inches and fat,
the other is a Citation.
Brian, J, Bob, Bernie, Aaron and Scott
DP's clients Jeff and Skeets
Sunny and Hot, water temperature 76* and Clear.
Today DP and I both had clients so we met very early this morning and caught bait. We both set up on some downline fish and popped a few then went our separate ways. There must have been 45 to 50 Striper fisherman on the water today, every acre of water between Stubbs and Dukes was trolled through. At times 6 or 7 trollers would be heading single file covering the exact same water. Hopefully everyone caught fish. Anyway we put our clients on the fish today and between both boats our clients caught well over 100 fish. Aaron was on a roll in my boat catching Stripers and Largemouth as well. Lots of boat traffic today and lots of madness. When I got back to the marina they told me a water plane even crashed in the lake today. Can't wait to get back out on the water during the week, weekends will kill you out there.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Saturday, May 16, 2015
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Collin, Brad, Doug, Dillon, Jeff, Jeffery, Earl, Mike and Jarred
Nice school of Stripers
Fighting a Striper
Some Stripers off to the right of the boat.
Without side scan I would have not know they were even there.
Cloudy and Pleasant, Water Temperature 75* and Clear
Today Tony and I both had trips with Doug Myers and his company. We caught bait early and both started fishing at the same location. Tony put out a spread of boards and headed up and I put out a bunch of downlines and headed down. My boat went through 130 baits by 9:15 so I went and caught more bait. We came off the water at 11 this morning and had good results [for a weekend day]. Our boat caught about 70 Stripers and ended up with 17 keepers. Tonys boat caught about 20 Stripers and ended up with 12 keepers. Tony had asked his crew this morning if they wanted to catch numbers or size, they elected size. Their fish were nicer fish and Tony gave them what they wanted. Fishing is only going to get better daily from here. Looking forward for a great summer bite. It is not uncommon to catch hundreds of Stripers a morning, and this year should be one of the best in recent history.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Saturday, May 09, 2015