Thursday, July 27, 2006

Wayne and Blaine Simmons, Aubrey Seay and Don Ripley

July 27,2006 : Sunny and Very Hot, Water Temp 88*

Caught bait easily this morning and picked clients up before daylight and hit the water early to beat the heat. Checked 30 to 40 foot flats from the splits down to Dike 2 and didn't see a fish, Came back up and went up a creek and located a school in a major channel bend and put downlines on them and started getting hits although most fish that would bite were small. The school moved on to the next channel bend and we started catching nicer fish. After 40 minutes we lost that school and we looked for 2 more hours until we found some fish in 22'. We worked them for a while then moved on. The fish today just didn't want to eat. We had close to 200 hits, caught 15 Stripers, a dozen Cats, 3 Bass and a 10 pound Carp.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Frank and Irene Kalder

July 25, 2006 : Water 87* and clear
Picked clients up this morning at 4 am at High Point. [Client wanted to experience catching bait ] Started looking up from the marina for schools with limited success. Tried a few but couldn't get hit so I decided to look on deeper flats. Found a couple of nicer schools but the fish had lockjaw. Kept looking and found a monster school, put downlines on them and encouraged a few fish to hit, The first fish my client caught was the largest he had ever caught. Although the school was moving fast, I kept up with it for a mile for some great action. Probably a trip that father and daughter will never forget.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Steve McMullen, Pete McGuire, Brandon Hosey, Bill Creech and Tom Light

July 21, 2006 : Sunny and Hot, Water temp 88*
Picked clients up and went up lake to locate schools of Stripers. Found our first school in 25' of water and broke the crew in on how to catch Stripers on down lines. The fish stayed fairly shallow today but moved quickly as always. We worked 4 schools within sight of each other catching fish in every one. We saw a fish bust a Gizzard on the surface soI picked up a pencil popper and on my second cast a 13 pounder jambed it . I handed the rod to a client and he wrestled the hog to the boat. Fish quit bitting at 11 but not after going through 200 baits. Clients kept 15 nice Stripers for the day.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Ray Wade, Steve Taylor, Todd Anderson, Joey Willard, Mark 'I didn't touch the line" Joseph and Jeff Griffin

July 20, 2006, Sunny and Hot, Water temp 87*
Caught bait easily this morning and picked clients up at High Point at daylight. Cruised for 10 minutes and located some breaking fish but could not put anything together so we left to find another school. Got into a school in 28' of water and lost 2 nice fish right out of the box but also caught a couple . Hit a few more schools but the bite was slow. Decided to leave that area and relocate to a new area, found a school and caught a few and lost a few more. Eventually found a nice school and 5 lines hooked up at once but we lost3 of them. Had 75 hits today, mostly cats with clients keeping 10 Stripers and 6 Cats.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Senior Saghafi, Jeff [Hammer] Collins and Andy Trauger

July 18, 2006 , Sunny and Hot 100*, Water temp 90*
Caught Herring easily this morning[2 casts ] , picked up clients at 5:30 and went in search of a school of Stripers. Haven't been on the water in 9 days [went on a bike trip with friends] so I did not know what to expect. Found a school in 35' of water and put downlines baited with herring on them and caught a couple before the school vanished. Found another school and put downlines on them but they moved off quickly also. Repeated this drill 4 or 5 more times, getting on decent schools but the fish not eating properly or simply moving off. With the water temp rising up to 90 I figured the fish were lethargic and had to do something different so I decided to go catch some Gizzard Shad. On the first throw I lost a $100 net. Bummer. Anyway I caught some big shad and went and found 2 more schools of fish. Got plenty of small fish and Cats but just could not put decent fish in the boat. I finally made one last move to a spot and put a 7 pounder in the boat , put a 10" Gizz on a line and Guess What? Senior let Jeff reel in a fish cause Jeff had not caught a fish in 20 minutes and it happened to be a 38 1/2" Striper. The fish weighed 18 pounds and qualified to be a Va. Citation. Seniors good deed got his picture along side of Jeff's with the fish.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Motorcycle Trip

July 9th thru July 15 , 3 days of rain and 4 days of Sun and all days or fun
Took off fishing for a week to go on a bike trip with some friends. We stayed in the mountains traveling through West Va. , Ohio, Tenn. , Kentucky and North Carolina.
Had a great time and did some radical driving on mountian roads and saw a part of the country that was beautiful.
Be back on the lake on Tuesday.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Clint Heflin, Justin Kelly, Jason Swidrak, Jason Phipps and Buck Covington

July 7, 2006 ; Sunny and Pleasant, Water Temp 81* and clear

Caught bait easily this morning[100 in one cast] and picked clients up at the dock at 5:30 am. Looked for 10 minutes and found a small school of fish and put downlines on them. Caught a couple and moved and found another school and did the same. A friend Dwayne called me over to a small school he was working and we put a few more Stripers in the boat but the Buzzards [So called fisherman who just sit and wait for me to find the schools then barge right in on us] moved in on us and spooked that school. We hit a couple of more small schools until I found a large school in the mouth of a large cove and all our lines went off until, you guessed it, theBuzzards moved in again and spooked the school. I had enough of that B.S. so I picked up and went into a creek where they could not find us , found a large school and caught 40 fish out of it. Went and caught more bait and located another school and caught fish until we were busted again and had to leave. By the end of the day, We worked over 10 schools of Stripers, had over 400 hits, Yea 400, Clients caught over 100 Stripers and a dozen Catfish. The picture shows a few of the Stripers they took home.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Jeff, Tyler, Greg and Tim "The Pile Driver'' Ivey

July 6, 2006 : Cloudy and Rain, Water temp 82*

Caught bait in the rain this morning and picked clients up at High Point at 5:30 am and went in search of Stripers. Didn,t have to look far before I found a small school to break my clients in on . After schooling the guys on what to do I put them on a nicer school in 32' of water and they began to have some fun. The guys kept trying to teach Tyler how to fish but after Tyler put the first 4 fish in the boat Dad and the 2 uncles realized maybe they better get with the program. The schools of Stripers were moving fast this morning and I had to run and gun to keep up with them. Uncle Tim finally caught on after we hit a few schools and it wasn't long before we caught 30 Stripers along with a few Cats. Clients kept 20 nice Stripers and we were off the water by 10 am. Another good morning of fishing on Lake Anna. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TYLER

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Dillon Meyers

July 4th, 2006 : Sunny and Hot, Water temp 85*

Caught bait early, picked up clients and began the search for schools of Stripers. We had planned only to fish a few hours this morning due to it being a holiday and boat traffic being hatefull. After yesterday I was reluctant to go this morning because the schools of Stripers had been broken up by all the traffic of the last 3 days. I looked uplake from the marina for an hour and saw nothing to set up on so I decided to move downlake to deeper flats and had simular luck. We set up on a small school and caught a couple of Stripers but the cats were eating us up so we left and went back up. Found some very small schools and caught some singles but just could not put much together today. Clients had 60 hits, caught 10 Stripers and a dozen Stripers with Dillon catching this nice 9 pounder.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Doug and Sunny Williams, John Long and Jeremy 'The Wicked" Carignan

July 3, 2006 : Partly cloudy, Water temp 84*

Caught 210 Herring and picked up my clients at the dock at 5:40 [Doug was late] and went looking for schools of Stripers. Found numerous smaller schools , catching a few fish here and there. I'm sure the schools of Stripers were confused due to so much boat traffic this weekend. After looking in 30' areas I moved to shallower flats and started to mark larger schools. Only problem was that everytime I sat up on a school and put downlines on them We would look up to see 4 or 5 other boats on top of us. After a couple of hours of that I ditched all the boats and found 2 Schools of fish in 40' of water and "wore them out". Clients caught 35 Stripers and kept 20 Stripers for a great mornong of fishing.