Friday, May 30, 2008

Ted, Mark and Wendle Presley

May 30th, 2008: Sunny and warm, Water Temp 74*and Clear. Picked the guys up at 5:30 this morning and set up on main lake 20 to 25 foot flats . We put out 8 planner boards and a bobber rigged with Gizzards and 7 downlines rigged with Herring and Gizz. Had 4 other friends out in their boats also today so I had a good feel for what the fish were doing, which wasn't much. This May has been the poorest May for Striper fishing that I can remember. I look forward to June, the downline bite and catching 20 to 50 fish a morning. We worked our spread for 9 hours today and caught 6 Stripers and a Walleye. Wendle is pictured with the Walleye, Ted and Mark holding the Stripers. We caught fish equally on boards and downlines today.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bruce Cockerham, John Doyle, Dave Seybert, Lindy and Preston Ridinger

May 27th, 2008: Cloudy and Warm, Water Temp 72*.
Caught Herring early this morning and picked the guys up at 5:30. Realizing this was the day after the busiest weekend of the summer I anticipated the Stripers would be deep and nervous. I looked for schools of fish for awhile but never found fish bunched up, Stripers were spread out over deeper flats near the bottom. We set up on a deep flat and put out downlines . I told the guys that the first 10 minutes of the mornings fishing would probably dictate how the day would go. If the fish wanted to eat, they would hit the bait head first and we would have a great day. If they just hit the tails to kill the bait, we would only catch smaller fish. We had 10 hits in 15 minutes, boating 4 Stripers, all punks. I moved on looking for larger fish and checking out different depths and parts of the lake hoping to find larger fish that we could trick into eating. After spending 3 hours on the motor today and fishing a dozen different areas my suspicions ended up being correct, fishing sucked today. Although we had over 150 strikes and caught 15 Stripers, only 8 kept, and they were small. Can't wait for June and more stable weather patterns.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Chuck , Larry, Don and Daniel Tingler with Enrique Medina

May 24th, 2008 : Sunny and Pleasant, Memorial Weekend, Water Temp 69* and Clear.
Caught bait early and picked the guys up at the dock at 5:30 am. Set up on a point nearby with some fish on it but the fish did not want to eat. Found some other fish on a main lake flat and put downlines in their faces and the madness began. Fish really weren't eating today but more killing the baits. We hit 4 or 5 different places and by 11:30 we had witnessed about 200 strikes, catching a dozen Stripers, a bunch of Catfish and a couple of Bass. Don is pictured holding 2 of the largest Bass he has ever caught.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bob Glynn with Dan and Bart

May 22nd, 2008: Partly Sunny and Cool, Water Temp 68* and Clear. Caught bait early and picked clients up at 5:30 and headed for a main lake flat. Found fish 30' deep and put downlines in their faces. Took only a couple minutes for the action to begin and by 7 o'clock we had already had over 50 bites. We worked the area for a while and fished a couple other similar areas and then hit a flat that was loaded with fish , put baits on them and all the lines went off for 30 minutes straight. The guys are pictured with the first fish they each caught. Today we had over 175 hits by 11am, loosing count of how many fish we caught. All fish were released today to be caught again.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dan Torgerson with guests Willie Crum and James Deal

May 20th, 2008 : Rain and cool, Water temp 66* and Stained.
Got out on the water early and caught Herring and Gizzards and picked clients up at 5:30am. Set up a dozen free lines and 3 down lines on a main lake flat and pulled boards over 20 flats and points. By 8 we had only 1 Striper in the boat so I decided to make a move to down lines over deeper flats where I found schools of Stripers. We started getting hits immediatly and continued to till we ran out of bait. We went and caught more bait and set up on another deep flat with no luck there. James is holding a Bass he caught on a downline. Today we had close to 100 hits, catching Stripers, Bass and Catfish.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Goose, Senior. Brad Beckham and Bob Haas

May 16th, 2008: Rain and Clouds, Water temp 69*.
Got out early this morning and caught bait. Went directly to where I found some nice schools of fish yesterday and put an assortment of baits on them. We had 10 hits within 5 minutes , every hit the fish just hitting the back of the bait. I put out some huge Gizzards and pulled them across a flat and Goose put a 10 pounder in the boat. Pulled another 500 yards with no action so I went to downlines. Hit an area full of fish and had another 50 strikes. Went uplake and caught more bait and put out a spread of boards over a flat with fish on it and boated a 7 pounder, worked it for another 45 minutes, nothing. A friend called me over to what he thought were some feeding fish and we put a Striper in the boat. A major storm blew in and we had to get off the water. Today we had 60 to 70 hits , got wet and blown around the lake.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Brian Mohr

May 15th, 2008 : Sunny and Pleasant, Water Temp 69* and Very Stained.
Caught bait this morning and started off on a main lake flat pulling boards. Saw a lot of fish but after an hour only had 2 fish in the boat so we made a move. The rain over the last week has really muddied up the lake and I saw plenty of fish in the upper water column. I decided to run up lake and put the biggest baits I had out on the banks and the move paid off, catching 10 Stripers by noon. Brian is holding a 10 pounder.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Doug Ball

May 12th, 2008. Rain, Cold and Gloomy
Last night Lake Anna lost one of its most well liked and revered fisherman and resident, Striper Fisherman Doug Ball. Doug's laughter and Jolliness will be missed but not forgotten. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Gaines

May 7th, 2008: Sunny and Warm, Water Temp 72* and Clear.
Picked clients up early and went to catch bait. Set up on a main lake flat pulling big Gizzards. Immediately the Stripers started boiling the baits but would not hit them. I put out some smaller Herring but they would not get looked at so we continued to pull the gizzards but only boated 2 fish by 9am. Found a large school of Stripers on a deep flat and put downlines on them but they refused to hit our offerings. After working a couple of large school with no success I made another move and worked another school with limited success. We had 30 hits today catching 8 Stripers, 3 Bass and a couple Cats.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Greg and William Simms, Lars Jonsson

May 5th, 2008 : Sunny and Warm, Water Temp 68* and Clear.
Picked clients up at 4:30 and caught bait. Set up on a 15 foot flat pulling boards and after an hour of fish swirling our baits with no hook-ups I moved on. Ran a couple more flats with no luck and decided to try downlines over deeper fish. We ended up struggling to catch a dozen Stripers with clients keeping half of them.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Gary and Mathew Benoit

May 3rd, 2008: Sunny and windy, Water temp 71* and Clear.
Gary's wife Susan surpised him with a fishing trip for his birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARY. Picked the guys up at 5:30, went and caught bait and setup on a 15 foot flat pulling boards . I also had 4 other friends out this morning fishing doing the same. After 1 hour of fishing and having a dozen swirls on our baits with no hook-ups and the other guys having similar action I converted to downlines and started catching fish. the wind , barometer and boat traffic put the fish down. We worked 3 or 4 areas today and caught 15 Stripers and a few Catfish. Gary and his son are pictured holding 2 of the better fish, a 10 1/2 and 9 pound Striper.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Paul Henon and Gary Skillihorn

Would you ever use this for Bait?

May 2nd, 2008 : Sunny and Warm, Water Temp 69* and clear. Picked clients up at 5:30 and headed up lake to fish. I caught bait yesterday so we could get an early start. Set up on a main lake flat and pulled 10 boards, a bobber and a couple of down lines. Ran my spread for 3 hours only putting a couple of fish in the boat so I decided to go catch some fresh bait and we did. Came right back to where I fished this morning because I saw so many fish there earlier and put out the same spread. On the way back from catching bait Gary pulled out a Banana and Paul gave him grief for bring it aboard and it being bad luck, reminding him of the 2 very nice fish he lost earlier. Anyway, the banana was off the boat and we were going to give it our best shot. We continued to run the same area the rest of the day, and we nailed them. Gary catching the largest fish of the day after loosing the banana, a 16 1/2 pound Striper. We only had 2 dozen strikes today, catching 8 Stripers and a couple of Cats.

John Chadduck with cliets Liege Brown and Dica Pereira

May 2nd, 2008 : Sunny and Warm, Water Temp 69*.
John went out early and caught bait then picked his clients up at 6 am. He pulled the mouths of creeks, points and humps today with boards. His clients had 20 strikes today, catching 10 Stripers and keeping 4 . Good Job Guys.