Monday, December 14, 2015
DP went out one afternoon last week, caught bait and located these Stripers on his HDS 8. As you can see on the screen shot below he was traveling 5 mph when he went over the school. He turned around and put downlines on the fish and caught this stringer in less than 20 minutes. It pays to trust your electronics!
The left screen in side scan and the right is down scan.
Mike, Ernie, John, Art and Joe
Jeff holding a couple nice ones.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The water temps this year are warmer than usual and the weather forecast predicts warm weather for at least the next week. Stripers are very active now and will be feeding all over the lake. Look for the upper rivers to be very productive. The stained water and shallow flats will warm in the afternoons and the Stripers should feed heavily up there. Jump fisherman will also have fun mid lake chasing the birds. The bottom three pics were taken this Sunday afternoon. I don't know if it was more fun watching the boys catching Stripers or watching 7 boats running from bird to bird. They would see a bird dive and fire up there motors and run right into where the birds were diving. They would make 8 or 10 casts then do it again and again. I hope they caught some fish but we did not see them catch any. They were competing against themselves to get as close to the birds as they could spooking the fish. A better approach would be to stop at least 100 yards from diving birds and use the trolling motors to silently sneak up on the fish. Everyone would have greater success being stealthy and probably have more fun. December fishing should be great this year. Get out and "get you some".
Posted by Jim Hemby at Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
These are a couple of schools of Threadfin shad. The left screen is traditional sonar and the right screen is downscan. With downscan you can actually distinguish each individual piece of bait.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Thursday, November 19, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Cloudy and Warm, Water Temperature 62* and Clear
Today I took Brian, Walt and Scott out fishing. Walt has just purchased a new boat and wanted to learn how to Striper fish on the lake. He wanted to go with me not only to see what I do but to make sure he gets the right tools of the trade. Today 's priority was learning not catching. After catching bait I showed him how to locate fish so we set up on some. The screen looked beautiful so we set up downlines and boards and worked the fish for 45 minutes without a strike. We made a short move and I saw some more fish so we set up on them. That's when the action started. We popped fish after fish and boated about 20. After working them we went uplake and pulled some shallow water with boards. With an hour left in the morning I took them downlake to show them how to locate some deep fish. We set up on them and went through 50 baits catching 30 more Stripers. Brian is holding the stringer of fish. A dozen times today he would set a bait out , turn around and within 6 or 8 seconds it would hook up. Shortly after I realized this I had him bless all of the other rods and that is why we caught so many fish today. That's my story and I am sticking to it. We had many double hook ups and a few triples as well. I think they are hooked on Striper fishing Lake Anna. Just made some new friends today.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Michael and Anthony
Yesterday was opening day for gun season in Va. and I was able to take my hunting buddy [grandson] out for a morning hunt. We only had a few hours to hunt because he wanted to go to Anthony's birthday party at noon. At 7:45 a spike and this deer came 30 yards downwind from us and stopped. Michael had his gun up and focused on this deer although it was behind a brush pile. 45 seconds later the deer turned around and headed back the way it came in and Michael blasted him. This deer is headed to Deer Springs Taxidermy for another great mount. I thank God for the precious time Michael and I get to share in the great outdoors. Hunting and Fishing...American traditions we need to preserve. Take a kid hunting or fishing, the memories will last a lifetime.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Sunday, November 15, 2015