Monday, July 27, 2015

The Reel Deal!

My life just got better. I finally got my new Minn Kota Ulterra with stow and deploy with universal sonar. I also added a LSS2 transducer to it so I can use side scan on my trolling motor coupled with my Lowrance. I use sonar and side scan when catching bait off of the front of the boat. I can see schools of bait out over 100 feet from the boat and go directly to them. I also connect my front Lowrance to my Simrad on my dash when I am on large schools of Stripers and when I start to loose the school all I have to do is turn the trolling motor 90 degrees and relocate the school. No longer do I have to go up to the front of the boat and put the trolling motor in the water and pull it out 20 to 30 times a day, all I have to do is push a button! Going to try it out in the morning. Can't wait!

Friday, July 24, 2015

White Wave Foods

Rick, Steve, Dan, Jon, Kevin, Chris, Randy and John

Sunny and Warm, Water Temperature 88* and Clear
Today DP and myself took White Wave Foods employes out this morning for a team building outing. This morning the fish were quite active early but as the morning progressed the fishing slowed down. We ended up catching a couple nice stringers of Stripers and the guys enjoyed a morning on Lake Anna.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Molon Lave Vineyards

Louizos, Connie and Sergio

Cloudy and Warm, Water Temperature 88* and Clear
This morning I got on the water real early, caught bait then picked my crew up at 5:30 at High Point Marina. Tony was also out and as I was leaving the marina he called on the radio and said he had found a school so I raced to him but by the time I got there the school had evaporated. We looked around for a few minutes then I decided to set up on a point and show them how to set the lines out. We popped a couple there then Tony called again saying he was on a school. Well this time it was the real deal and we worked the school for about an hour or so. Afterwards we hit a couple spots catching some nice Stripers. We ended up with a stringer full of fish and some good memories.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Hot Day on the Water

Robert, Danielle, Jennifer and Cliff

Sunny and Hot, Water temperature 88* and Clear
Today I was glad it wasn't the weekend with so many boats on the water. Although it was very hot the lake was calm and quiet. We set up in 4 or 5 different areas today and caught fish in each one. I realized a pattern and dialed in on it to put some nice fish in the boat this morning. By about 11 it was just too hot to be out so we called it a day. Robert hasn't been out with me in awhile and today I could tell how long it had been since he had been fishing. Both of his thumbs were raw from taking fish off the hooks. He is enjoying his granddaughter for a couple of weeks and this was a great way to start the vacation off. Danielle reeled in most of the bigger fish today.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hiltop Consultants

Jim Turner with a nice Bass

Today Jim turned his employes on to a morning of fishing for
Stripers on Lake Anna. He is also holding a nice Largemouth.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Recent catches


Jeff, Blake and Paul

Here are a few of Tony's clients recent catches

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wow, did I deserve these guys?

Paul, Dave, Ron, Bob and Errol
Cloudy and warm, water temperature 86* and clear
Today I caught 225 baits then picked the guys up at the marina. We had a little difficulty getting started today, a couple of the guys wanted to do things there way and things did not go so well. After making a couple of moves most of them caught on and we continued to catch fish. This crew has been going out with me for at least 6 to 8 years now but usually in the cooler months. I wanted them to go when we took hits and today we did. We went through 200 by 9 so I went and caught 200 more and went back out and burnt about half of them up. It was getting late in the morning when I decided to make one final move. We set the baits out and I hit a "spot" that sometimes holds nice fish. When the boat got directly over it every rod bent over and drags were screaming. Everyone grabbed a rod and the game was on! After boating 5 or 6 of the best fish of the day Ron was still reeling one in on the bow of the boat. I jumped over two of the guys and went to him with the net. His rod was doubled over and going to the back of the boat. Well I had my trolling motor still on and come to find out he was hung up all the time in a brush pile. What a bummer. We all had fun with  him for a while but we had fun with everyone today. Today was a calamity of errors. From getting lines wrapped up in the trolling motor to have half the rods out of commission due to screw ups. This group of guys always has fun together and by the end of the morning we had a nice stringer of fish. They may even come back out again for the down line bite. Next time they go out I may have to take some Valium!