How To Find & Catch Stripers – Freshwater Hybrids – Bass

Fishing For Hybrid Bass – Freshwater Stripers

Here we are going to focus on fishing for freshwater Hybrid Bass (Stripers). This video was taken off Lake Hartwell in Anderson South Carolina and was only the second time I have tried fishing for Stripers. In both our fishing trips we caught plenty of Bass between 5 and 10 pounds and we’ll keep trying to find those big ones for you, 20 to 50 pounds.

To get a good Idea of where to find these fish we need to understand what the structure is like and take a look at a topographical map. Next we need to determine which method of fishing we are going to use and what type of bait live or artificial.

What Bait To Use For Freshwater Stripers

We have decided to use the Blue-back Herring again, which will cost you ~$7/dozen, fish directly below the boat using 17 pound test line (mono-filament) with a 4 oz sinker and 24 inches of leader. Our setup (rig) is a swivel with 2 feet of leader line (same mono-filament) a foot ball slip sinker above the swivel, and then a circular type hook. When purchasing the Herring try to choose those that are medium in size (5 to 6 inches) and very light or shiny in color. Avoid the dark and larger Blue-back Herring.

How To Find the Stripers

We portaged from the Galley Restaurant that is located on Lake Hartwell and headed straight out. Our strategy was to find the bait fish by checking out a few Bays, Flats, and Deep Water over the trees, which are typically in 80 plus feet of water and with the trees stretching 30 to 40 feet tall. Using our locator, which includes the topographical maps, gave us a great picture of the structures, however it does not work well for locating the fish, so we had a separate fish finder for this.

Fishing The Bays

When fishing the bays you want to work in water depths of 30 to 65 feet, looking for the schools of bait fish. Many times you will find the bait fish working from 20 feet down to the surface, if you do stop and set your rods up. Then troll slowly to toward the schools of fish and set your depths to where you see the Stripers on your Fish Finder. Since these Stripers are chasing the bait fish they will be working from the deep water to the surface, so toss a couple of rods out the back, as far as you can with no weight, you may find you can snag a few Stripers this way as well.

Fishing The Flats

When fishing the flats, areas that have no trees and may be as deep as 50 to 65 feet, look for fish feeding right on the bottom, these will be your Striped Bass along with a few catfish. If you find this you have it made, just drop your line down to bottom and reel up so your bait is a foot off, the action will be incredible.

Fishing Deep Water Over The Treetops

When fishing for the Striped Bass over the treetops it’s important to find the bait fish. You will definitely find the strippers in the trees, but without the bait fish you will not get them to come up and out to feed. The depth of water you are fishing over is 60 to over 100 feet deep. Again it’s extremely important to find a spot where you have bait fish, once you have located this drop your line to just above the treetops. Or if the fish are out and feeding to the depth you are marking the Stripers. Do not try fish in the trees or you will lose your tackle, and be ready because a large Stirper will head for the trees and wrap you. Since the trees are tall you will be fishing only 20 to 40 feet down.

How To Hold The Boat When Still Fishing For Stripers

The best way we have found to hold our boat when fishing the Bays, Flats, and Tree Tops, is to use a trolling motor with an anchor mode. If you don’t have an anchor mode then one of you will have to keep maneuvering the trolling motor/boat while watching the radar and fish finder.

Tip:
Fishing the Rivers, such as the Upper Savannah River will produce better fishing than Lake Hartwell itself on many occasions. On this trip we head toward the Savannah Dam and found schools of Striped Bass. The depth 63 feet, treetops 42 feet and fished between 30 and 40 feet deep.

Fishing For Striped Bass – Finding The Fish With The Outdoor Dream Foundation

Fishing for Stripers & Hybrid Bass – Anderson South Carolina

It’s June 2016 in Anderson South Carolina and the Outdoor Dream foundation is getting ready to take a group of kids fishing for Stripers and Hybrid Bass.

During my stay in Anderson SC I was invited to go out fishing on Lake Hartwell and help locate where the strippers were schooled up, in preparation for this week’s Kids event and the Special Force’s event that the Outdoor Dream Foundation was putting on. Here is a short review and video of what we found.

Areas Of Focus On Lake Hartwell

We started our search in deep water (85 ft), near the mouth of one of the many narrow inlets North of Hwy 85. Here we registered many fish between 35 and 60 feet, but could not get either the Bass or the Stripers to bite. After an hour of continuous adjust of the boat relative to the schooled fish we finally move on to find our next location. Location #1, Many fish no bites!

Heading back to the main part of Lake Hartwell we headed South-West and started to check out the many bays on the shoreline. The Depths of these bays ranged from 40 to 60 feet and in the first bay we strolled into we notice bait fish coming to the surface. Now here the bait fish are most like Herring, which is rare to see. So we dropped 6 rods, 4 rods to a depth of 15 feet and 2 rods straight out the back with no weight. We then maneuvered the boat close to the bait fish and what we saw on the fish locator was incredible. The bait fish expanded a depth of 20 feet to the surface and there were countless numbers of big fish. Within seconds we had hits on every pole and within a few minutes we had pulled in 3 out of 8 strikes. The larges fish was a Striper approximately 6 pounds, so not big, but great action for these young kids that the Outdoor Dream Foundation was getting ready to bring out. Location #2, lots of fish, great biting action.

After the 3 fish we needed to move on and find at least one more spot where these great fighting fish are schooling up. So we head further South-West just past Andersonville Island. Here we spotted many fish on the surface and down 20 feet, so we marked the sport and dropped 6 lines for about 20 minutes. We did not get any hits, but we now had our third fishing spot and headed in for the evening. Location #3, a few fish and no biting action.

Bait Used For Catching Hybrid Bass & Stripers

The bait we used were Blueback Herring, 4 to 5 inches long on 17 lb monofilament line. Four of our poles had a 2 pound weight with a 2 foot monofilament leader and a circle hook. The other two poles were rig up with no weight and just tossed out the back of the boat. The Herring were hooked through the nose, which avoids harming the fish, giving maximum action.

In the Bays we used both the deep rig and the straight-lines off the back of the boat, tossing the straight-lines out as far as we could. The other lines were lowered straight down, off the side of the boat. Our GPS trolling motor then kept us in the area where the Striped Bass (Stripers) and/or Hybrid Bass were schooling.

The Outdoor Dream Foundation

What a pleasure to be part of such a great event. If you get the chance take a look at their web site.

How To Catch Bluegills, Bass, & Walleyes – The Best Fish Fry of 2016

Fishing For Bluegills, Bass, & Walleyes On The Same Trip

Last week I was asked to take two young couples fishing for the weekend, so I asked them what they wanted to fish for? Everything was the reply, so I pulled out the Fly Rods and we caught large Bluegills for the first 1.5 days. The last part of the second day, the rain picked up and the temperatures dropped, so we then turned to the Open-Bail Spin Casting Rods and started to fish for Bass, Northern, and Walleyes.

Best Baits For Catching Bluegills, Bass & Walleyes – A Great Fish Fry

My plan for the trip was to have fun, catch all three fish types, catch enough Panfish for a fish fry, and to teach these two very attractive young girls how to use a Fly Rod and Spin-Casting Rod.

For the baits I stayed with artificial since I wanted to use something that would create a visual strike for the Bluegills, Bass, & Northern. For the Bluegills we used my homemade Dry Flies (Spiders) and for the Bass and Northern we used our homemade top-water poppers. Both of these baits worked well giving us lots of top water action. For the Walleyes we had to go deeper so I went with the 200 Bandit and the Ice Fishing Rapala, which is my number Walleye bait.


The Fish Fry

The fishing was great and we kept plenty of fish for our fish fry. We prepared the fish by first filleting them, then cutting the fillets into bite sizes, soaking those in buttermilk for a few minutes, rolling them into floor with a little seasoning, and then dropped them into hot peanut oil. Oh so good!

How To Tie A Fish Hook On

Which Fishing Knots Are The Best To Use

When it comes to tying fish knots there are several to choose from, but do you need them all? Factors to consider when deciding on which knot to use are; its purpose, the strongest, and the easiest/quickest to tie. Here we will focus on the most common knots used and pick the 3 that most anglers will ever need. *Note, when using Monofilament wet the line first, this helps keep the knot from slipping out before becoming tight.

Knots Used For Tying Two Unequal Size Lines Together

In the cases where you need to tie one fishing line to another or tie a leader on, there are a few knots to choose from, but the most popular are the Alberto Knot, Albright Knot, and the Double Uni Knot. Any one of these knots will do the job, so whichever one is quickest and easiest for you, go with it. I prefer the Double Uni Knot as this is the easiest to tie, thus our #3 knot.

Alberto Knot

The Alberto and Albright Knots are extremely similar with both knots starting and ending the exact same way. It’s the style of line wraps in the middle section of these knots that separates them. This knot was designed to join lines of different diameters and/or composition such as monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders to braid line.

Albright knot

The Albright Knot is one of the most reliable knots for joining lines of greatly unequal diameters or different materials such as monofilament to braided line.

#3 Double Uni Knot

The Uni to Uni Knot is a standout for joining lines of relatively similar diameter or for adding a monofilament leader to your mainline or fly line. This knot produces a stronger connection than either the Surgeon Knot or Blood Knot. However, if you’re joining lines of vastly different diameters then the Albright Knot would be a better choice.

Knots Used For Tying On Hooks & Artificial Baits

The most common knots used for tying on baits and hooks are; Palomar, San Diego Jam, Trilene, and the Improved Clinch Knot. All four of these knots rank at the top of the list for being the strongest. I prefer the Improved Clinch Knot with 7 twist, but the Trilene Knot will resist slippage better and due to it’s double wrap around the hook eye is considered stronger.

#1 Improved Clinch Knot with 7 twist

The Improved Clinch Knot is our #1 knot. This is the only knot you really need for tying on hooks, artificial baits, or the line to your reel. I use this knot weather I”m fishing for Bluegills, King Salmon (Chinook), or Sturgeon.

Trilene Knot

The Trilene Knot is a strong and reliable knot for joining monofilament line to hooks, swivels and lures. This knot resists slippage and is a stronger alternative to the Clinch Knot.

Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is a good knot for attaching a hook to your line or a fly to a leader. However, this knot seems to be a bit confined or bunchy.

San Diego Jam Knot

The San Diego Jam Knot is also known as the Reverse Clinch Knot. This Knot is a little harder to tie and does take longer than the Clinch Knot. The San Diego Jam Knot works well with monofilament, braided, and fluorocarbon lines.

Rapala Knot

Another knot that you could consider is the Rapala knot. This non-slip knot allows you to leave a loop in front of your bait, creating a little more action. This knot is harder to tie then the Clinch Knot and will required a little more time.

Tying A Line To Your Reel

The Arbor Knot is most commonly used for tying your line to a reel, however this knot is not as strong as the Improved Clinch Knot. Stay with the Improved Clinch Knot.

Knots for tying on Additional Hooks

When you’re looking to tie more than one hook to your line there is one knot I prefer, that is the Snell Knot.

#2 Snell Knot

The Snell Knot works great on live bait when you need multiple hooks or when adding a stinger hook for light biting Walleyes. This is our #2 Knot.

Our Top 3 Knots

The top 3 knots we have chosen will suffice most Fisherman and any line tying need that arises. These Knots again are; #1 Improved Clinch Knot (or Trilene Knot), #2 Snell Knot, and #3 Double Uni Knot.

See Animated Knots By Grog

Here you will see many of the fishing knots in Animation.

More Animated Knots By Netknots

This site will cover more Animated Knots but is not as good as Grog’s site.

Fishing for Northern Pike with Bass Baits – Lots of top water action!

When the Bass and Walleyes Don’t Bite the Northerns will

When the Bass and Walleyes are not biting there are typically two types of fish that will; Bluegills and Northern Pike. Here we will have some fun with Northerns, the biggest in the boat 3 lbs, ones lost; 12 lbs Northern and a 20 lb Musky, all on Bass baits with a steel leader.

Baits Used For This Action

The two baits we used where the Bass Buzz Bait and one of our hand made Bass Poppers. The Bass Popper was the better of the baits, which is typical over the Buzz Bait. The Popper was also the bait we lost the large Northern and Musky on and of course I missed both of these on the camera. Visit this post to see how to make these Poppers.

Northern Strikes on Video

Here is a short video on our Baits in Action- Enjoy the strikes.