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I've not been fishing much. Stayed up having fun Friday night and ran into some old friends staying nearby. We started talking fish and I told him I'd take him fishing if he would meet me on the dock about 30 minutes before sunrise. Sure enough he was there waiting and off we went......probably no more than 300 yards from the dock. We were on the east side of the lake off a submerged rocky point 4ft droped off to 40ft. I'd seen big fish flopping around the previous afternoon so figured there still lingering around.
First few casts nothing biting, saw a guide fisher come bout 50 yards close to us, checked his fish finder, then moved on. I didn't have my hopes up. I didn't have a fish finder, but I knew the area well enough that I thought, given the lack of fish finder, it was my likely my best and only shot. I was using a huge pencil popper probably 8 inches long, chrome with blue black, and loud as hell. Figured any striper within a 3-4 acre radius could hear me. My friend looks at me and says you think you'll catch them with that? He had a small rattle trap. That's the second time this year I've had a friend say that to me...... I use a 8ft one piece redfish pole with 20lbs braid that works great for long casting and I was chunking this popper a good 80 yards easy. Few minutes later get my first tail whack......slow it down a little and then hookup a nice 6-7lbs striper. Bout the time I get the fish unhooked and held up for a shot I turn around and there is a guide boat idling by about 50 yards away......uh oh the cat was out of the bag. My friend had a wall mart special combo real with 8lbs test. Seeing his dilemma my friend asks for a popper lure and promptly put's it on my spare pole, which admittedly was also an academy combo special, but at least it had 12lbs mono line and okuma spinning reel. He used a 5-6 inch popper a bit smaller than mine, with white belly and blue back, which seemed to work a little better after he calmed down a bit. Easy to get excited and try to set the hook at the first sign of a bite. He lost at least two until I told him to slow it down and wait until you feel the tug before you set the hook. Even harder with braided line if you go to set the hook to hard it will rip right out of the fishes mouth. Bout 10-15 minutes go buy and nothing. Then all of the sudden all hell breaks loose. Striper and shad boiling all around us, as are the guide boats by now. In a period of about 30 minutes it was fish on at almost every cast. At least 3 double ups, probably 10 caught total. All good sized fish and all released to fight another day. Our 24ft sea ray deck boat right in the middle of a small boat show of guide boats catching fish was a site to see. Everyone kept a good distance and almost seemed to be herding them right into us as we were right in the middle. Looked like every single boat had a fish on if not two or three. One thing I have noticed about striper and topwater is that the more people throwing lures the longer the fish will stay around. 1
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Everyone behaved, holiday weekend? That's not a good story that's a fairy tale!😜
Glad you got em'.
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Nice report!! You gotta love that when it happens!!
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