Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Photo: Ross, Hyo, and Jack (Three Reverends)
I took Jim’s advice, rounded up two friends and went fishing. Having fished with Jim twice in the past 18 months; I have found his instructing helpful in the art of catching stipers! I probably asked him more questions than a four year old boy could ever imagine. (The first 27 years of my life where in Minnesota, and I do have experience in putting fish on the table year ‘round!) So on Thursday I introduced my friends to catching bait; hung lanterns at 5 a.m. and by sunrise, we had netted about 75 blueback herring. Having said our morning prayers, we set 9 lines from our fishing machine, and began the slow lake tour! Our first hit was within five minutes. The rain started at 8 a.m., and wind pushed us around with gust up to 20 mph. Caught a few punks. The fish seemed to be scattered all day, and yes, we fished from both sides of the boat! As we headed into shallower water, we took some serious hits. The 28 inch stiper discovered my hook in 6 feet of water on a down-line! The 20 inch greenback found lunch three feet from the bank served up on a planer board! As the afternoon sun emerged and the temps surged, we laughed, told stories, and just enjoyed good friendship! Water temps measured 52 -54 degrees. I have my calendar marked “fishing” for a few days in April for rest and renewal! If you’re thinking about a fishing trip, give Jim a call. He has some great guides who will introduce you to a whole new world. - Ross Halbersma
Posted by Jim Hemby at Saturday, March 28, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Carson and Rick Hogue
Cloudy and Pleasant, Water temperatures 52* and Stained
I got out on the water this morning very early to catch bait and after 2 1/2 hours all I had to show for my efforts were 8 Herring. I met the guys at High Point at 7 then headed up to catch bait. I made 6 or 8 throws, filled the tank up and set out a spread of boards. Fish were not feeding well and all we fished was a half a day but the quality is better than quantity some days. The two fish they are holding hooked up at the same time. Carson boated his fish first then I started teasing Rick to get his up to the boat, he had already wrapped up two other lines and I was afraid it would break off. After the fish took him around the boat it rolled and we saw why he was having a problem getting the fish in. The fish weighed 17.5 and was 34 1/2 inch long. Not bad for Lake Anna, although 'tis the season for big Stripers.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Bobby [Hobo], Eric, Mike and Cheese and Rice
Simrad shot of pulling downlines across a deep flat this morning laden with Stripers.
Another nice Simrad shot of us coming up on some pretty structure.
The weather still can't make up its mind. It was 31 this morning when we took off from the marina and 74 when we came off the water. Oh well, better than Ice! Guys are holding up 4 of the Stripers we caught around the middle screen shot. It was around 9am and the only way the guys could warm up was to reel in Stripers. Glad I could oblige them. Caught 15 Stripers today.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Monday, March 16, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
JJ, Hamadi, Mike, Rudolph, John, Vallerie
Sunny and Windy, Water temperatures 45 to 47*
Quite the challenge today. Started off with our dogs not letting us sleep last night. They were very restless and at 3am we realized why. My wife and I heard a rumble like a dump truck was driving up the driveway then ca-bang, it sounded like someone drove into the house. We knew right away it was a earthquake. Since we had the big quake and the aftershocks I have noticed the it really messes up the fishing and catching of bait for that matter. Bait was difficult but we started with 61 baits. I knew the wind was going to howl today so I hit a couple areas where I though we would get bit. The pattern I was working is very difficult to fish but we hung in there and enjoyed the morning. By 10:30 the wind was up and white capping everywhere on the lake. I went and caught more bait and tried to set up on a flat I knew fish were holding on. I would put a board or two out then a gust would come and we would get hung up. Half the time I was going backwards and the rest of the time we were going sideways. I struggled for 4 hours just trying to keep a few baits in the water. By 2:45 my batteries were smoked and we had to call it quits. We managed to take hits in the wind but it was extremely difficult to control the boat. We caught 17 Stripers today, not bad for fishing in 30 mph winds.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Sunday, March 15, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
This shot is of a sunken bridge support that was knocked down prior to flooding the lake. You can see it clearly on the left of the side scan and on the right of the echo page you can see the remains of the two pilings. The small fish are Crappie.
Here are some inactive Stripers. When I see these fish marking so clearly without any movement [Streaking] the fish are not biting. Remember them and come back later.
A nice school of bait with inactive fish nearby.
The bait would be broke up if the fish were feeding.
Same deal, non catch-able fish.
All these pics look good, but don't expect to get bit. When bait are in tight balls
and no motion from the fish it is hard to catch them.
Enjoy the pics and get out there and get you some!
Posted by Jim Hemby at Thursday, March 12, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
DP holding a nice limit of Stripers
When you see this and have fresh live bait out
the results are below.....
This is a school of Crappie on the left and some predator fish on the right .
One of many Bass we caught today. A couple
were Citation size. Would have been a massive stringer.
WOW, I am still high after a trip like that.
DP with the smallest Bass of the day.
Posted by Jim Hemby at Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Friday, March 06, 2015
Come on Spring
Posted by Jim Hemby at Friday, March 06, 2015