Sunday, December 07, 2014

A Productive Winter Morning

Bill, Judy, Nancy and Richard
Friday, Cold and Rain, Water Temperature 46* and Clear.
DP picked this hardy group up at Tim's Friday morning and took them out for an action packed trip fishing for Stripers. By the looks of the bellies of these fish it looks like the Stripers have been feeding well. We are finally catching fish in their winter patterns now and the fishing should only get better. The recent rains have brought the lake up a little which will make fishing more reliable.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A day on the water with Anthony

 A beautiful tank of Big Gizzards


 Coming into a school of Stripers

 Anthony caught this one out of the school of Stripers pictured above.

Anthony [one of our guides] when not guiding would rather go fishing and catch 3 or 4 big fish than catch 30 or 40 smaller fish. He dreams about using big baits for big fish. He recently went fishing for a couple days in a row with a couple friends and they caught numerous fish up to 20 pounds. He was using some huge baits for this time of year and the bigger the bait the bigger the fish they caught. He is not looking for numerous hookups at once but in the pic below he had 4 teenagers hooked up at once.

Notice the history bar above the sonar. Anthony had been over this school for quite awhile.
If you want to catch big Stripers, use Big baits, find Big fish and have Big success.
This beautiful screen shot was taken on a Lowrance HDS 12.


Monday, December 01, 2014

Formula for Success


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lowrance Picture

This picture was taken by guide Tony Smith yesterday morning. He took clients out and by the looks of the Lowrance he put his clients on the Stripers. Tony is also an avid hunter but he took off the first morning of hunting to take his clients out.
Here is a recent post from one of his clients:

Walker Field has left a new comment on your post "Walker and Mac":

Great day fishing with my teenage son! Many thanks to our guide Tony who did a superb job of keeping us on fish. Tony is a sharp man with ready conversation and an engaging spirit. Lake Anna is always pretty in the morning, but winter sunrise is arguably the most gorgeous morning event throughout the year. The Stripers did their part too; we caught two dozen and boated nearly a limit of quality keepers. Highly recommend an outing with Jim Hemby, and in particular Tony, especially as an opportunity for a dad to spend time with teenage children.

Thanks Tony, we'll be back in the Spring

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Great Day on the Water

 Catching bait in the morning

 Michael wondering if everyone showed up for work today

 David with a catfish
Boating a Striper

Sunny and beautiful, Water Temperatures upper 50's
Took out Jerry Logan, his two sons Michael and Ron and his grandson David for a pretty day on the water. Jerry's father started Logan Electric in Fredricksburg back in the 50's. Jerry ran the business and has relinquished the reins to Michael. Jerry is a good photographer and sent me a few of the photos he took on the trip. David and his dad Paul are here for a visit and returning to Turkey soon. If you click on the first picture and check my Simrad out you can see all the Stripers that kept chasing the bait away as we were trying to catch bait this morning. It was wonderful to spend the day with such a great family.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Yesterdays Simrad Shots

 In this pic we were pulling down lines at 20 feet deep. You can see the sinker [light fuzzy blue] and the bait [red with yellow outline] being pulled across the screen. The bait was simply being drug through the water column until it saw a fish on the bottom about two thirds of the way across the screen. The fish came up off the bottom to check the bait out so the bait rose up to get out of the way of the fish. This fish never engaged the bait. The bite was slow at this time and the fish were turned off.

 This picture shows bait and fish hugging the bottom. We were pulling baits at 24 feet and as we came out of a bait ball there were some fish which hit our bait and hooked up. [in the middle of the screen]. The vertical mark is us reeling the fish up to the boat.

 This is a shot just after daylight of a school of Gizz that was about 100 yards long.

This is another shot of Gizzards taken mid day.

Walker and Mac

Saturday Tony put his clients on some Stripers in a morning charter.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Simrad Structure Shots

 In this shot I was running about 20 mph as I went over this underground silo. Even at 20mph you can clearly see the depth of the depression [about 5 feet] on the sonar page. I keep my sensitivity up pretty high when I run which increases motor noise [all the vertical dashes] but that enables me to see bait and fish [and of the marks with color] better. In the structure shot on top you can see the silo clearly and with structure scan you can see the reflection of the concrete floor of the silo. The harder the object, the better it reflects the pings. The concrete is seen horizontally in the pic going out about 10 feet either side of the silo. With this color palette the harder the object the whiter the reflection on the structure page. On the sonar or echo screen the harder or denser the object the redder the return. As I run using the sonar page the more color in a school of bait represents more density [baits grouping tighter] and the more color the fish have the denser or larger they are. I don't mind the motor noise, I see right through it.

 This is a picture of an old road bed. In the top Structure Scan screen most of the structure shows up pretty light. The hard road and rip rap stone reflect pings very well. Check out the detail of the guard rails on the sides of the road. Structure Scan leaves little to the imagination, it is crystal clear.


This is a pic of the same roadbed at a slightly different angle. There is a lot of activity going on around the structure. In the sonar view as I approach the road on the left of the screen you can see a school of 4 to 6 inch Gizzards. About midway through the screen there are a couple stacks of Crappie then right at the edge of the road there are a couple Bass noised right against the road and railing.
In the side scan shot notice how the the small schools of bait are relating to the edges of the structure just above the railings. Setting your side scan page up utilizing the entire width of the screen like I have it here lets you get the full benefit of Structure Scan technology. I have adjusted the splits in the  screen so I can get the most out of both echo and structure. Fishing for Stripers I am more focused on the echo than the structure and having more sonar page showing allows me to see bait and fish better. Both Simrad and Lowrance have similar features letting you customize the appearance of your screen to meet your specific needs. I have shown these structures in earlier posts using my Lowrance  and since I get so many inquiries as to the difference of the two units I thought I would post these pics using my Simrad.