Sight Fishing for Surfacing Stripers.

Report Date: January 21, 2011

Shane Watson Guide Service Report (1-21-11). Over the last week or so we’ve seen some really good fishing and we’ve seen some slower fishing at times. We are seeing boiling stripers that are up on the surface feeding on small bluebacks and threadfins most mornings. A well placed ˝ ounce white Spro bucktail or a white leadhead fluke will work most every time. The key is to almost hit the fish in the head with it and you will get a bite. If you cast 5 feet past them or 5 feet to the right or left, they won’t eat it. Trolling shad body u-rigs has worked when the fish have been up and active. Look for the birds diving and the stripers up shallow for best success. Mid-lake on further south is producing throughout the day. There are fish and birds scattered in the mouths to the middle of many creeks and in pockets just off the main lake. We continue to catch and release many big spotted bass while striper fishing on a spoon, on a bucktail, and on bait. We are seeing them in big bait schools down 30 to 40 feet deep over a 50 to 70 foot slick bottom. Overall, if the stripers are active and high in the water column when you are out there, the fishing will be good. If they are scattered and deep, expect a mixed bag of stripers and spots and a slower bite. Keep moving and try find active fish, blind freelining and downlining is hit or miss at best. This report is brought to you by Shane Watson Guide Service, Hammond’s Fishing Center, and Carolina Skiff Boats. Good Fishing.

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