Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dan and Joe Bednarik

Cloudy and misty, Water Temperature 85* and Clear.
Picked the guys up at 5:30, caught a little more bait and went looking for fish. Set up on a few fish just to show the guys how to put the baits out, popped a fish and took off looking for schools. Looked for about 10 minutes and found some fish, got a couple of baits out and started taking hits. For about 15 minutes we had trouble keeping baits in the water. I called a friend who was out and told him we had just put 5 Stripers in the boat so he came over. We located the school again, actually there were hundreds of fish in the school but they were moving so fast it was hard for us to keep up with them. I finally looked for other schools and worked them awhile. Later we found that larger school and worked it for the rest of the morning. We took about 100 hits this morning and caught over 20 fish. The guys kept 12 Stripers to take home and released the rest.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mike, Bob, Tim, Vince and Jack

Partly Cloudy and Pleasant, Water temperature 85* and Clear.
Picked the guys up after catching bait and headed uplake to catch some more. Threw for about 45 more minutes and had 2 tanks of nice bait. I pulled out of the cove where I was catching bait and tripped over a school of Stripers. I wasn't ready for this because I had not had time to get my rods set out on the boat nor had I told the guys how to deploy the downlines. Needless to say it was chaotic for about 10 minutes trying to get baits out. The schools today were not hard to find but they sure did move fast. No sooner would we setup on a school before they would move. We would get the baits in and find the school 5 to 6 hundreds yards away and repeat the drill time and time again. We ran out of bait so we went and caught some more and set up on a small school and worked it for 30 minutes before they moved on. Jack caught the big fish for the day. Today we caught about 20 fish, the guys kept 11 and released the others.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bruce and Jim Riddle

Sunny and Warm, Water temperature 86* and Clear.
Picked the guys up at 4 at the dock and went and caught bait. Set out a spread of 8 boards, a bobber and 8 downlines rigged with beautiful baits. We fished for 6 hours for these 2 Stripers. Stripers have not fed this week, the ones we are catching are decent but obviously have not been eating as is evident by Jim's fish pictured above. Today we fished the Splits down to Tara Woods with little success. Tomorrow is another day!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Adam, Jamie, Connie and Osprey

Partly cloudy and Pleasant, Water Temperature 86* and Clear.
Interesting morning... Mike started out with a Bass, Jamie [Black Jacket] hooked up with a Striper and 3 minutes later Connie caught another nice Striper, then this Osprey decided it wanted breakfast. When I saw the bird I alerted the crew what was about to happen, and it did. The bird was eying one of my baits for about 30 seconds before it decided to tuck and dive behind our bobber. We reeled it in and released it unharmed. About an hour later we witnessed the same bird diving on another anglers bait nearby us. Adam is pictured holding a nice Striper that he caught this morning.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bill with guests Brad and Brian

Cloudy and Pleasant, Water Temperature 86* and Clear.
Picked the guys up at 5:45 and went looking for fish. I saw a few so we set up on them, Bill popped a Bass and Brian caught a Catfish, time to move on. Looked for a few more minutes and a friend called and said they were breaking all around him, he was only a couple hundred yards away so I went over to him and set up just to catch 1 Striper [it doesn't take long for the fish to move on]. By now the Saturday fisherman were everywhere so I made a move to where we did not see any boats and found a nice school. We had only gotten a couple of lines out before they started hitting. Brad hooked into a nice one that broke off, Bill and Brian landed a few then a nice one hooked up that Brain grabbed, he got it to the boat but Bill tried to lift it over the side of the boat, yea, the line broke. Brian hooked up on a couple more and the guys up front lost a couple more before we lost the school. I looked for the school for 20 minutes with no success so I moved on to another area. I found another school of very nice fish in less than 10 minutes. We tried to get baits in the water but again rods were bending over before we could get all the baits out. We caught 3 or 4 out of that school but lost 5 or 6 more that had the rod tips buried in the water. The best thing that happened on that school was that Brad got that monkey off his back and caught the nice Striper he is holding with his son. We worked one more school before the action died, it was after 10 and the boat traffic was rocking. Bill is pictured with his largest fish of the day, after catching it he ragged on Brads fish the rest of the morning. Today we had 20 solid hookups, we had a little trouble getting some in the boat but overall it was a great morning. Bill was happy with the catch, 9 fish was all he wanted to clean this morning.

Friday, August 13, 2010

John Reifenberg and Family

Cloudy and Pleasant, Water temperature 88* and clear.
I was a little concerned this morning after the front blew through yesterday if the fish would school well. Immediately I found fish this morning, although they were not in large schools I thought if they wanted to eat there were plenty to catch. We popped one pretty quick but pulled the area for another half hour without catching anymore so I went looking for fish. We set up 4 or 5 times on similar pods of fish but I could not find the larger schools. It was very cloudy and I knew the fish would not pull off the flats to deeper water without sun. After a while I decided to keep on the big motor till I found a large school. I located 100 yards of stacked up Stripers and we set our baits out on them. It didn't take long before the rods started bending over. We had all the action we could handle for about 15 minutes before we ran out of decent bait. John took home 9 Stripers this morning for the table.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jonathan and Gerry

Sunny and Hot, Water Temperature 90* and Clear.
Caught bait early and picked my guys up at 5:30 at High Point. I instructed the guys on how to put the baits out and hit the water. They were suppose to have 4 people this morning so I told them they may have their hands full if we find large schools this morning. Found some fish and set up on them and worked them for about 30 minutes without boating a fish, just short hits. I kept moving and hit a large school of fish, everything went off. The guys found out real quick what I meant earlier about not having enough people to handle the action. We eventually lost the school because we could not keep enough baits in the water to hold the school. I got back on the big motor and found another school. We set out 6 baits but I had temporarily lost the school so we held off on putting out the other 6 baits till I could relocate the fish. Well it didn't take long and all 6 of the rods bent over at once. They wrestled the fish to the boat, I netted the fish and they were done. It was 7:10 and we were limited out. As soon as we caught our last fish Stripers came up around the boat busting Herring on the surface, all we could do was watch the show.

Monday, August 09, 2010

, Bobby, Ernie, Jason, Steve and Frank

Sunny and Hot, Water Temperature 87* and clear.
Picked the guys up at 5:30 at High Point after already catching bait. Set up in the back of a creek and pulled a spread of 8 planner boards, 10 downlines and a bobber until 9:30 when the fish turned off. We only got into a school on one occasion and when we did there was plenty of action. We caught fish today on topwater artifical, boards and downlines. We certianly could have caught more Stripers today but everytime we would start to pull a bank a boat would motor over in front of us and force us to turn around, then another boat would do the same until we would basically get pinned in. Although today I set up in an area where there wasn't another boat in site tomorrow I will probably try someplace off the charts where I can pull my spread without getting harassed.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Jason Barham

Partly Sunny and Hot, Water temperature 86* and clear.
What a difference a day makes. Fished yesterday and couldn't keep Stripers off the hook, today all we caught were 11 Stripers, 6 Catfish, a couple Bass and a White Perch. Although fishing was slow, we did have a lot of fun. We actually hooked up with two Stripers on topwater lures at the same time, halfway to the boat they broke off. That was the kind of day it was. Tomorrow is another day, I will try it again. Jason is pictured with the big fish of the morning.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Josiah, David, Mike and Jacob

Sunny and Hot, Water Temperature 86* and Clear.
Caught bait, picked up my crew at 5:30 and went looking for fish. Set up on a couple of fish just to show everyone how to put the baits out. Made a move and set up on a pod of fish but they moved before we got the baits all out. Jacob caught his first Striper there [shown in picture] but I had to move to find a school. As I was looking a friend called on the phone and asked if I had seen anything, I told him I was looking. He said some fish had been breaking nearby him, he though it was a decent school so I made the 2 minute run to his location. I looked in the area where he was but did not see enough to stop on but I did see numerous arches about 10 feet deep when I was running about 30 MPH. I decided to set up nearby and kept on my trolling motor to see if we could intercept a school. We never did find a school but we had constant action till about 8:45 when a boater pulled up about 25 yards from us while we were netting fish and just stayed there with his motor running. Naturally he spooked the fish, we fished for another hour without another keeper fish. Today was a great day, I was excited to put the kids on fish but I believe Dad and Grand Dad were more excited than the kids. Josiah hooked two Bass at once on a lure [pictured above] and is shown holding one of the bass. They are having a fish fry tonight, I don't think anyone will go hungry.