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    Need some help with the striper thing

    Usually fish for largemouth and my 9 yr old kept buggin me to go for some stripers. Well tried for the first time on Wed night and blanked. Started up the river in 50 just past the no wake and dropped the lights. Not even a bite in 2 hrs. Moved closer to the entrance of the river for the rest of the night in 70 and hooked up 3xs but lost all 3. At the 2nd spot in 70 seemed to be a lot of fish suspended about 40 which i was targeting and is where I hooked up.

    Questions are, if someone is willin to help, is would I be better off more in the main lake or northern coves and what best depth to target? Also I was using anchovies on my usual drop Shot rig with 1/0 hooks. Are you all using them whole or cut up? I had chopped up a bunch and was chumming with them.

    Any help would be appreciated. Id love ke to try again and get my son on some.

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    Got to chum. Use 8lb fluorocarbon. Maybe next week we can take our boats out.
    BAD DAY OF FISHING AND SHOOTING IS A BETTER DAY THAN WORKING.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOLEINTHEWATER View Post
    Got to chum. Use 8lb fluorocarbon. Maybe next week we can take our boats out.
    I appreciate the offer and may have to take u up on that if we can coordinate our schedules. Did chum but maybe not enough and I do use 8lb floro leader with braid

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    Oh yes, cum, both sides of boat, cut up anchovies in small pieces, throw it out. When I go we fish main lake, or northern coves, 60 to 85 ft, use a single snelled hook from size 4,2 and a large split shot 18 in up the line, throw it out and hang on or put in rod holder, Use cut up bait in 1 in chunks, I also use 14lb Fluoro, If your bait is sitting on bottom, reel up 3 or 4 turns, no action after 20 mins, reel 3or4 more cranks up until you start getting bites Then your where you need to be to catch, never on the bottom though.
    "Treat everyone with Dignity and Respect, not because of who they are, But because of who you are."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizz View Post
    Oh yes, cum, both sides of boat, cut up anchovies in small pieces, throw it out. When I go we fish main lake, or northern coves, 60 to 85 ft, use a single snelled hook from size 4,2 and a large split shot 18 in up the line, throw it out and hang on or put in rod holder, Use cut up bait in 1 in chunks, I also use 14lb Fluoro, If your bait is sitting on bottom, reel up 3 or 4 turns, no action after 20 mins, reel 3or4 more cranks up until you start getting bites Then your where you need to be to catch, never on the bottom though.
    Couple trips ago we had to fish right on the bottom. I fix one like you said and one drop shot. They were so tight on the bottom Steve or I could not see them on out graphs. even with our down graph scans.
    BAD DAY OF FISHING AND SHOOTING IS A BETTER DAY THAN WORKING.

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    We started out yesterday around 4 PM at the mouth of the river. Trolled a DD22 in Pearl White and Black Splatter Back. Nailed 3 good ones right away. Kept going further back past the no wakes and didn't get anything back there. Ran back to near the mouth, trolled again until right after sunset and got another 3. Then setup shop, spot locked from 8 PM until Midnight off a ledge in 65' of water. Dropped 2 green lights and chummed a half bag of anchovies. Ended up with 28 total with some really nice ones mixed in. My rig was my normal dropshot rig. IMX Pro 820 DSR with 5# Sniper. #1 Rebarb and a 1/4 oz weight. Only lost one fish. My buddy was using a bit heavier setup and catches were pretty even. Fish were hitting on anchovy heads and tails. Not too many middle pieces were getting bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOLEINTHEWATER View Post
    Couple trips ago we had to fish right on the bottom. I fix one like you said and one drop shot. They were so tight on the bottom Steve or I could not see them on out graphs. even with our down graph scans.

    Ya at the bottom, but bait not sitting on bottom, a few feet above. Congrats, Nice Haul.
    "Treat everyone with Dignity and Respect, not because of who they are, But because of who you are."

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    I used to have spots, I might have had to go to 3 or 4 of them to get on fish and then still maybe nothing. Now I go to my spots and search around till I graph them. People in the boat seem to get tired of that, they want to fish not put around for 45minutes. I have caught fish the last 4 times out, and they tend to be getting bigger. I always fish the bottom with my drop shot rig so that the bait is about 2 ft off of the bottom. Even if I don't graph fish there but am graphing them higher up. The higher up ones are always running smaller than the bottom ones. Thats what I do weather I am at 100 ft or 15ft. 20lb braid, 15lb flouro, 2/0 hook, 3/4 oz sinker. After catching 5 and 6# on the last couple of trips I am going to go to a bigger hook. I cut chovies is small 3/8-1/2inch pieces and put three on a hook or cover the hook. More bites, and they are less likely to tear the bait off cause there is less chovie hanging out. Striper will be biting great and then stop totally for an hour while still graphing them. I just keep chumming and it seems to start up again. Then there is the top water morning bite. Live bait if possible, live shad will catch the biggest and best, fast. Blue gill I put one out when I go to sleep. Got some nice fish that way. Blue gill just hanging live with no bait tethered so they can't reach the anchor line. Spot lock trolliing helps a lot in locating them, and getting on them, and changing spots if necessary. I don't trust it when I go to sleep. Two or more boats searching for them is better, and then tie up when you get on them. More light and more chum the better. A trick I recently found, If they are really biting change you sinker for a spoon/ jig. Less moon the better. As the water warms up they will go deeper. Last year when it was at 90deg. there were no fish below 36ft that I could find any place in the lake. A guide friend of mine confirmed the same thing. Seemed to be oxygen depleted. Thats all there is to it but I have been working on it for a few years.
    If its hard to do, You are probably doing it wroing!

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    Thanks for all the info. I’ll have to give it another run next weekend. I’m sure I can put something together. I was not fishing that close to the bottom because all the fish I was seeing on the graph were at about 40’. I was also using the whole anchovies so will have to cut them up. Funny thing is I’ve never really had any desire to fish for stipers but my kid kept bugging me to go and now that I failed I’m anxious to get back out there and get on em

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    Nice haul dmoto. How fast are you guys trolling and do you just run the big motor or the trolling motor?

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