Friday, December 02, 2016

Stripers are Rockin!

 Bill and Steve

Dennis, Cole and David

With water temps ranging in the low 50's up lake to 60* at the dam the all the Stripers want to do now is fatten up. Time to get out and fill the freezer and have fun doing it.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Lake Anna Citation Striper

This is a video Scott Haun taped of George reeling in
 a Citation Striper on October 5th

Friday, October 07, 2016

A few nice Stripers

Mike, Jim and Ray

Cloudy and cool, Water Temperature 72*
Although it was a slow day on the water today 
we managed to scrape up a few nice Stripers.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Back on the Water

George with a 37 inch 18 pound Striper

I take a break every September from being on the water to catch up with projects around the farm. Many of my clients have emailed me to see if I was OK because I had not posted any pics in September, thank you for your concerns, all is well. I got back out Monday taking Paul Mader and friends out fishing a half day but had to start at 10am due to some timing issues with them. I had warned them that the better bites were early and latter in the day but if midday was the only time we could go we probably would not catch a bunch of fish but we could maybe target some larger fish to make up for the midday blues. I looked for about an hour trying to locate some schools but all the fish I found were in 30 feet of water spread out over 100 acres hugging the bottom. When I see this it normally it tough to get bit. I finally set up over some larger arches and put baits in their faces with downlines. We popped 4 or 5 Stripers before we hooked into this pig. The fish had messed with the bait for about 75 yards but would not engage it. George stood at the rod for 6 or 8 minutes then all of a sudden the drag started screaming. It pulled off about 50 yards of drag and George dig great fighting the fish. When it finally came to the surface we knew we had a nice one and I netted it. I knew we could not release the fish because it was hooked deep and was bleeding profusely. I measured the fish and saw it was a Citation so we got all of our rods in and and took it to the marina for George to make it official. Lake Anna welcomed me back with a beautiful day with old friends and the largest fish George had ever caught. Great way to start the fall fishing season!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Simrad Screen Shots

 These screen shots can be clicked on to enlarge.

Deceiving screen shot. 
This shot shows 4 or 5 fish on the sonar 5 to 10 foot deep. They appear to be nice fish due to their color but in fact they are only 12 to 14 inch fish. The reason is they are so close to the transducer and the reflection of the pings is so much stronger at that short distance. The fish at 25 feet are 3 pound Stripers. They appear larger due to the length of the arch but notice the boat is almost still, I am only going a half mile an hour. If they were nicer fish they would also have more color in the center of them. To associate them with the side scan, the A's are the same fish and the B's are the same fish. When you look at side scan the boat is at the top of the side scan screen at the 0 mark. Everything below it is history. On sonar the boat is at 0 and everything to the left of it is history. Presuming I was going .5mph when I popped the picture the B fish are about 30 feet behind the boat. On side scan the darker blue is the water column and at 36.9 feet out either side it picks up the bottom then the beam shoots out to the sides of the boat 120 feet similar to a flood light. I am posting this pic to demonstrate how when using side scan you can see that the B fish are about 5 to 10 [deep] feet from the boat and the A fish are 25 feet [deep] from the boat in the side scan portion of the screen shot.

 In this shot I was running about 25mph when I ran over this hump and notice numerous fish relating to it. I slowed down [you can see the surface clutter on the right side of the sonar page near the surface which is my boat coming off plane] to turn back around and work the fish. When traveling 25mph structure scan still works but does not show single fish at that speed. I use my sonar page primarily to locate fish at higher speeds then once I locate them I use both to get back on them and to determine their size.

In this shot I am marking keeper Stripers between 20 and 25 feet deep clearly on my sonar screen. The fish show up on my side scan as lighter vertical dashes. These are feeding Stripers. They are streaking in the sonar shot [swimming up and down] and wiggly on the side scan view. Notice on side scan some fish are larger than others and on the right side you can actually see the shadows of the fish which indicate larger fish. Side Scan is like shining a flood light out to the sides of the boat, the objects appear lighter and the shadows are behind them. The larger the shadow the bigger the object. If I were looking at structure on the bottom of the lake, I would see the structure clearly and could estimate how high the structure came off the bottom by the size of the shadow behind it.

Although these are screen shots taken off of my Simrad, Lowrance shots are similar. I post these shots to help my clients understand what they are looking at when they are on the water to help them locate and catch fish more proficiently.

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Great Morning on Lake Anna

 When you find this

 You should end up with this!
Sunny, Mikki, Taz and Will

 Mikki and her big one

Will with a nice Bass

Sunny and Warm, water Temperature 88*
This morning I put 200 Herring in the tank, picked my clients up and taught them how to deploy the baits. I then located a school of Stripers and set down on them. As I was baiting everyone the Stripers started blowing up around me and anxiety to say the least hit an all time high. They could only get a couple baits down before someone would screw things up but eventually after cutting 7 lines apart that got tangled the fish started hitting the deck. For 45 minutes it was constant action and by 7:30 we had 17 Stripers in the box. After the rush was over I looked, and looked and looked for other schools with no success. Finally I just set up on some structure and Mikki popped her nice Striper and we caught a few nice Bass. This morning the fishing was intense to say the least but the crew got it together and pulled it off. They thought they were going to have a leisurely morning sitting around reeling in a fish here and there....NOT.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesdays Catches

 The Roberts Family

 Fred, Mike, Jillian, Josh and Scott

Sunny and Warm, Water Temperature 90* and Clear
Got back on the water after spending a couple weeks at the beach and Tony and I put our clients on some nice Stripers.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Tony's Recent Catches

 Edward, Nathan, Drayton, Andrew and Doug

 Robert, Cody and Casey

Lowrance and Simrad Screen Shots

 In this Lowrance pic I had just thrown my cast net. You can see the net completely open on side scan. To the uneducated eye it appears like the net is falling sideways vrs horizontal but it is in fact falling perfectly. Side Scan is looking out to the side of the boat similar to a flashlight beam. The depth of the water is 22 feet, the surface being 0. The transducer is picking up the net as a side view falling through the water [dark blue] clearly showing the sinkers on the bottom of the net. I threw on some bait that were on the surface trapped in the top and right side of the net which slowed the decent of the net on that side.

 In this pic I threw on a very large school of bait and the diagonal line is the net falling through the bait. The screen is scrolling from right to left so the net hit the surface in the middle of the shot and fell straight to the bottom but because the screen is scrolling it appears that the net sunk at an angle.

 In this screen shot you can clearly see a major school of bait with a couple fish near the bottom of the school.
 This is another shot with a couple fish [yellow marks] in the middle of the bait.

 This Simrad shot shows where I scrolled back and looked at Stripers I had gone over a few minutes prior to taking the shot. Even after the fish have left the screen you can touch and drag the screen back into history and view the screen and if I wanted to return exactly to the spot simply waypoint it. I would then use my chart to return to the waypoint. On the Navionics chart above you can see my boat and that I was on the edge of the channel [brown area].

This shot is a school of punks. The arches are small, very little color in the arches and as you can see on side scan very small dashes out to the sides of the boat. Learn to identify what fish and size of the fish before you waist your bait and time working non keeper fish.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Wednesday's Catch

Christian, Adrian, Wesley, Nathan

Tony continues to lay the smack down on the Stripers
 by putting his clients on nice ones.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Rockin the Stripers

Tony put his crew on the Stripers this morning. Robbie, Eric, Jason, Gary, Wayne and Kyle. Gary practices catch and release or they would have had all their limits. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

DP and Taylor

DP took his daughter Taylor out this morning and caught some Hogs!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Striper fishing on Lake Anna is Great!

Austin and Brayden

Tony took Austin and his son out and within 2 hours 
they caught this beautiful limit.

Striper fishing just doesn't get any better
Contact us and get you some!
540 967 3313

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Opening a Can of Woop Ass

Lisa, Alan, Zack, Jim, Brad and Dan

Sunny and Hot, Water temperature 92* and clear

About a month ago I got a call from Lisa wanting to surprise Dan with a special birthday present. She had been seeing my business cards and flyers around the house and Dan had been studying them. She called me and set up a surprise trip and today was the day. They met me at 3:30 ready to go catch bait. We put 240 in the tanks and went looking for some fish. I set up in an area just for them to get experience putting the baits in then we went looking for fish. I found what I wanted and we set up on them. Fish started attacking our baits and for an hour we spanked them. I lost them a couple of times but found them quickly and hit them again. Lisa got hot and started hooking up fish after fish. I think she had a can of Woop Ass hidden in her corner and unleashed it on the Stripers today. By 9:30 we had easily caught our limits of 28 Stripers and got off the water early enough to beat the heat and enjoy the rest of the day. Out of the 34 Stripers we caught this morning 31 of them were keeper fish. Quite the present for the birthday boy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Another great catch!

Sam, Josh, Sam and Michael

Sunny and Hot, Water Temperature 91* and Clear
This morning I got out and put 250 baits in my tanks then picked my crew up at High Point at 5:30. We set out 10 downlines, planner boards and a free line and for the first hour had continuous action.  We hit four or five areas today and caught fish at all but one area. Although Sam caught most of the fish everyone had a great time. Even Josh with his left handed excuse managed to pop a half dozen Stripers. It got hot out on the water this morning but that is how the Stripers want it this year. If you like to fish come on and get you some!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Stripers are Rocking!

 Tony put Rob, Oliver and Jeff on some great Stripers this morning.

 Brandon, Seth, Bubba and Vanessa

Is appears the hotter the weather gets the better the fishing is!

Monday, July 25, 2016


 Mitchell, Ashley, Michael and Bobby

 Jesse, Jesse Jr., Jacob, Amanda and Michelle

Paul and Family

Sunny and HOT, Water Temperature 91* 
The air is HOT, The water is HOT,
The Fishing is HOT

Friday, July 22, 2016


 Duck Seay and Pearson

Don fished yesterday and caught  this nice Stringer

Sunny and Hot, Water temperature 88* and clear
Duck had only a couple hours to fish this morning because he had to get back to feed the horses, cows, goats, chickens, dogs and cats so I was under the gun to get it done as quick as possible. I knew I was challenged because Duck has a habit of holding his thumb over the line while reeling in fish which about 80 percent of the time causes the fish to get off the hook. I told Pearson he was going to responsible for filling up the cooler and he rose to the occasion catching most of the fish this morning. The fish were scattered but I managed to locate a couple of pods of Stripers that gave us plenty of action. After I cut Ducks thumb off he did catch a couple of keeper Stripers. Its hard to teach an old Dog new tricks. Its probably going to be hard to hold the filet knife without a thumb!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Yesterdays catches


Mike, Mark, Chris and Ben