Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Figuring out a cold front.

Mark, Jack, Steve, Evan and Tom

Sunny and Cool, Water temperature 82* and Clear
I got on the water early and caught 200 baits for my clients. When I got to the marina they were already there, 15 minutes early. Now that's my kind of client! It even made it better when Tom introduced himself and said he was so excited that he did not sleep last night. I knew right then today was going to be fun. They brought their coolers down and got into the boat and right before I cast off Jack gave me a gift, a folding Buck filet knife! I asked why the present and Steve said because we know you will deserve it by the end of the day. As I idled out of the marina I thought to myself...200 baits in the tank, five guys who are as excited to fish as I am, a cool knife...Hope I can crack this cold front we had last night and put these fisherman on Stripers. Well I showed them how to deploy the down lines then I looked for schools. I could not find what I wanted but set up on three of four pods of fish with little results. I had burnt a quarter of a tank of gas, not put a keeper in box and was determined to beat this front. I decide to make a move contrary to the seasonal patterns of mid summer and kept my fingers crossed. We set up and put our baits out and popped a fish or two in about 20 minutes. Wasn't great but I was starting to figure a pattern out. I moved a little deeper and Evan and Jack caught a couple nicer fish. I thought I was on to something so I dialed in on the pattern and we opened a can of Whoop Ass on the Stripers. Mark was jamming up in front of the boat consistently catching nice fish and the boys were scrambling all over the boat reeling in fish after fish. We worked the pattern till we used up all but 6 of our baits. What a great day on the water with a fine family. They are on vacation this week and I am sure today's trip will be a good memory of visiting Lake Anna. To make my day even better when we got back to the dock they gave me a great tip. It sure is good to spend a day on the water with good people and to be appreciated for my struggles and labors throughout the day.

Monday, July 28, 2014

How Precious!

Chloe and Mason

Sunny and Warm, Water Temperature 83* and Clear
Today I caught bait early and picked my clients up at their dock. I looked for schools for an hour and found a nice one. We tried to get set up on them but with only two anglers it is about impossible to get all the baits out, reel in fish and bait quick enough to hold the fish. We popped a few of them but by the time we took the fish off the hooks all the baits had been hit and the school moved elsewhere. I knew then I would have to resort to fishing places rather than schools like I wanted to. We worked area after area and by 11 we had used up 175 baits. I went to catch bait, found a school and on my first cast caught over 200. We continued to fish different areas but the wind was howling over 25mph which gave me few places to set up on. All I really wanted to do was to put these two beautiful children on fish which I was able to do. We caught a whole lot of punks today but at this age they were excited just to see a rod bent over. They screamed every time a fish came on board. The kids reeled their fish in by themselves with very little assistance with the exception of the large fish which we had to touch the rod to keep the fish from tangling other lines up.  
   God Bless the Children.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lowrance HDS Screen Shots

 This is a school of Stripers that we worked one morning last week. They were feeding on White Perch but we caught them on Herring. The diagonal dashes are the white perch getting out of Dodge. You can see up in my history bar up above the 1 on my sonar page that I had been on the school for a while.
 This is another shot of a school of Stripers where we caught some nicer fish.
This shot is from when I was looking to catch daytime bait. Notice that I changed my screen to Side Scan on the upper half of my screen and Sonar on the bottom half. I did that because I could see more clearly out to the sides of my boat with the wider scan shot [as opposed to the screen in the top pic]. In the top screen my boat is currently at the top of the picture where that white vertical line is at 0. Halfway down on that screen on the left is a school of Herring 20 to 50 feet out to the left of the boat. I would not have located and caught that bait without side scan. Further down toward the bottom of the side scan screen is a school of bait [same school you see about halfway on my sonar page]. Notice on the side scan page that more bait was to the right side of the boat than on the left side. The occasional disturbance near the surface on my sonar page is the disturbance that my motor made as I try to locate the bait. The side scan also shows the prop wash as a white cloud 2/3's of the way down over the 0 line where I had run over the bait and turned back around to catch it. Daytime bait can sometimes be difficult to catch but with Structure Scan technology it makes my life a lot easier. After burning up 200 baits that I caught pre-dawn I can catch more bait and eventually more fish. Greentop Sporting goods has Lowrance on display for you to play with and experienced salesmen to answer questions to help you catch more fish.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Angling Virginia Episode #7

Here is the show we taped back in June
with Angling Virginia.
If you enjoy the show and would like to see others in your market area,
let Angling Virginia know. They plan to market it across the state on Fox
Networks but need your support. Check them out on their
 Angling Virginia  facebook page. This show aired in Richmond.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Fruitful Friday

Chris, Zane and John

Sunny and Pleasant, Water temperature 84* and Clear
DP took these Guys out this morning and put them on the Stripers.
I gave a trip to the Louisa Shriners to raffle off to raise money for 
children and Chris won the raffle. God Bless the children.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How Sweet it is!

 Christian and Michael

Cloudy and Cool, Water temperature 82* and clear
My grandson Michael had a friend from his baseball team down for a couple days so we tried to pack as many activities into 2 days as we could. Yesterday Michael wanted to run his bird dogs so we hit the woods at 6:30. After a couple jumps we gathered them up and they rode dirt bikes and 4 wheelers till it got about 93* outside. They were ready for the pool by then which lasted till 5. After a shower and dinner they were pooped and fell asleep watching a baseball game on TV. This morning when we got up it was raining so we were not in too much of a hurry to hit the water. It cleared up by 9 so I filled the tank and headed to the water. We hit the water at 10 and took 5 minutes to locate bait. Three throws later I had 200 baits, Sweet! We rode less than a half a mile and found a school of Stripers. I baited the rods, Michael put them down to the desired depth and before he could get another rod baited we would hook up and Christian would reel the fish in. While he was reeling it in Michael would bait and deploy another rod while I would net the fish and take it off the hook. We did that for 20 straight fish. Mike wanted his friend to reel in as many fish as he could. After all that action I noticed that I had never put my trolling motor down. I relocated the school, tried to get some baits wet but the fish would not let us get more than two rods out without hooking up. In less than an hour we had caught bait and boated 25 Stripers. It now looked like rain was coming so we put the rods up and I pulled them for 30 minutes on the tube then they went swimming for 15 more minutes while I emptied the bait tank. We were back at the marina by noon, took pictures and got home in time for lunch. 

Just doesn't get any better than that.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It doesn't get any better than this

Alex and Jimmy
Cloudy and warm, water temperature 85* and Clear
Tony had the honer of taking these two boys out yesterday Striper fishing.
How wonderful to teach these future fisherman the joy of the outdoors and the satisfaction 
of reeling in fish like these. I was fishing beside them with my clients catching fish after fish but I got 
distracted by them reeling in fish. Thanks to their parents for giving them the opportunity to dream about
the outdoors and the memories of the day.