Saturday, August 26, 2017

Simrad Screen Shots

 This is a screen shot of non feeding Stripers stratified between 22 to 25 feet deep. These Stripers are not in a feeding mode. They are very docile and content to stay in that tight formation. We put baits in their faces but after working them for 20 minutes we only caught a couple of fish.

 This is a picture of a small school of bait with a few fish beside them.

 These Stripers are feeding and we are catching them. Notice the arches are streaking. Nicer fish out to the right side of the boat as shown on side scan.

 Stripers feeding and scattered through the water column.

 This is a school of catfish. I had a light hung off the front of my boat catching Herring and this is a shot off of the back of the boat where I was culling the baits I wanted for the bait tank and throwing the rest back into the water. I had fish breaking all around the back of the boat and I put out a couple of lines and could not keep the Cats off the hooks. Notice the differences in the Catfish in this shot verses the Stripers in some of the other shots. Stripers are very hard bodied with a larger swim bladder and reflect the pings from the depthfinder better than the catfish with soft bodies, numerous appendages and small bladders. The harder or denser the reflection, the more color will show in the image of the fish on the screen [in this case red for Stripers].

 This is a school of Herring hugging the bottom. These baits are extremely packed tightly on each other and are very dense. Again the red color shows how dense the school is. If the bait was loosely packed  the school would have showed up yellow in color. This is what I look for when I want to catch daytime herring when they are deep. Even though they are 20 to 28 feet deep, they are so crowed together that when I throw my net they cant get out of the way of it. A big heavy net helps as well.

 Bunches of feeding Stripers.

 Sometimes Stripers school so tight that they are hard to distinguish between fish or bait. Lately I have been finding schools of Stripers that are extremely tight, as shown in this screen shot. I ran over this school about 20mph then I dropped the boat off plane and returned to the spot, put baits out and caught fish. I also called one of my other guides back to that part of the lake and he saw numerous schools like this in the general area. We would only catch fish when we were directly over them.

 This day fish were hard to find and hugging the bottom. This is a Largemouth on the bottom and if you look at the right side of side scan you can see other fish [white dashes] laying on the bottom and also see their shadows out beyond them. Notice on my chart I am up on top of a ridge that dumps off into deep water nearby. More Bass are shallower to the right side of my boat which is a Classic location for nice deep Bass that don't see many artificial baits.

 This is a school of Punks scattered over a couple of acres right in the channel [channel is highlighted in brown on my Navionics chart].

Here I am running over humps about 16mph marking Largemouths on the ledges of drop-offs.

Hope you enjoy the shots, click on them to enlarge.

Fridays Catches

 Henry and Dale

Don and Andre

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Plenty of fun on a Thursday Morning

 Melissa, Steve, Cheryl, Chris, Dana and Ray
 Conrad and Lee
Michael, Corwin and Tom

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Recent Catches

 Lilly helping her sister hold up a nice Striper

 Tim, Don and Donnie
 Don, Tim and Donnie
Tim and Josh

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Fishy Monday

 Scott, Tony, Anthony, Dave, Joe, Rich and Rich
Eric Thompson
Don and Bubba

Cloudy and Warm, Water temperature 83* and Clear
Today started out very slow, we would find fish, set up on them and nothing. Between our three boats we must have covered almost 5 square miles of water looking for fish that would eat a bait. At times we would set up over hundreds of Stripers just to get a bait or two slammed but not hook up. I finally got on some fish around 9 o'clock and Anthony hooked up a couple of times so I called Don over and he started hooking up as well. Tony had been setting over a school for a while and they started catching fish. It was like all the stars lined up or someone turned on a light switch but now it was time to have some fun. After hitting 5 or 6 different schools by lunchtime we had gone from a Zero to limiting out. Funny how fishing goes, we can't make them feed but perseverance saved the day.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturdays catches

 Ben and Mason
 Curtis, Richard, Carter and Kyle
Chris, Ian, Isaac and Ray

We managed to catch a few in this nasty weather today.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Striper Wednesday

 Dominic, Nichole, Marisa and Ruthann
 Paul, Dom and Vince

Fred, Luke and Dick

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Couple of today's catches and a birthday shout out to a good man

 Happy Birthday Anthony

 Lewey, Lisa, and Jamie
Brittney, Brandon, Doug
Bubba  540 967 3313
Come get you some!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Stripers are Rockin!

 Lauren, Janet, Ron and Corey
 Andrew, Kara, James and Joe 
Cate, Thompson, Clay and Kyla
Sunny and warm, Water Temperature 87* and Clear
Today we caught bait early and hit the water at first light. It didn't take Tony long to find the Stripers so he called me to him. By the time I got there they had fish all over the deck and still reeling in more! We teamed up with him keeping on the school. Once he lost them I would get them then I would loose them and he would find them. By 7:10 Tony's crew had their limits and were headed back to the marina. They got back in time to clean their fish and go out to a nice breakfast. My group took a little longer but once they got it they enjoyed the madness of power fishing for Stripers. When all of us got back to the marina most fishermen were just putting their boats in the water. We got off the water before the heat and traffic could affect fishing today. Good Day on Lake Anna.