Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mitch and Jamie Webb

Cloudy and Cool, Water temperature 68* and Clear.
I got out very early as usual to catch bait and picked my clients up at 5:30 at High Point Marina. I looked around for a short time and decided to set up over about 20' of water and I put my spread out of boards, free lines and down lines. With the front blowing through yesterday and it only going to be 60* today I thought I would present the Stripers all different techniques and let them tell us what they wanted. I knew the bite today would be difficult and it was certainly a slow start. We started taking hits on boards but with no regularity. I hit different areas the first few hours of the morning but by 9:30 only had 5 fish in the box. I decided to make a radical move so we got all the lines in and went downlake hoping the fish would have different attitudes over clearer water. We set out some downlines and immediately started getting bit. We worked the area for about an hour catching 8 to 10 fish then I decided to move again to a completely different location. I put out downlines there after seeing fish deep but after working the fish for about 20 minutes I decided to put out a spread of boards to see if they would attack them, and they did. We went through a spell where there was too much action, the guys were caught up in the moment and forgot about the process we had been going through all day but they got it back in control and ended up catching 24 Stripers, 6 Catfish and a couple Bass for the day. Hopefully this weather will straighten up soon, we are having way too many fronts and temperature changes for the Stripers to be stable and predictable.

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