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December 5 - Fished the Lake Lanier Striper Club Tournament today with Mike Farrell, David Duncan and David's son Ryan.  We fished from Clarks Bridge down to upper Holly Park.  The weather was terrible, WIND!!, RAIN, and COLD!!  Water temperature around Clarks Bridge was about 52 degrees and at Holly Park it was about 55 degrees.  We had a couple weak strikes and finally got a nice fish on the line.  Ryan did a great job of landing the fish, 14.5 lbs.  Then the fire drill started.  We tried to put the fish back in the water and we just could not revive him.  At one point, or more, we thought we had him revived only to have him surface 25 to 50 feet from the boat.  We tried to put him back in the net to try again and both most of the 8 lines we had in the water tangled.  Those that were not tangled with each other got tangled around the main motor prop.  I'm sure it was not funny for Mike, the Captain that day, but it was truly a Keystone Cops moment.  The good news was we came in third and had the largest fish.  With all hardships, some good prevails.  To the right is a picture of Ryan with the trophy Striper.

December 4 - went out this morning.  IT WAS COLD!!!  Went to Sardis and fished the Sardis area, Ada Creek and Gainesville Creek.  Not much action.  Had a lot of Spots bothering me but not taking the bait.  Landed one Spot.  Lots of fish in Gainesville Creek, at least on the screen but just could not get them to bite.  Landed one Spot and after 4 hours of no action went home.  Water Temperature as 57 degrees.

November 30 - Finally the weather broke and I had a chance to get out.  Went to Oakwood Bait and got some Trout and Gizzard Shad and was off to the lake.  put in at Bolding Mill and went to the Chestatee.  No sooner got my lines in the water and I had a fish.  A small Striper about 7lbs.  then I fished for the next 3+ hours and not a thing.  I was pulling side plainer's right along the bank and about 30 feet to the other side of the boat.  In addition I had two down rods and one BIG Trout on a float about 100 feet behind the boat.  When I started I thought I was going to have a great day but as the day progressed I found it was another day when the lake was tricking me.  Only got one fish but sure enjoyed getting out on the lake.  Won't get out again until Thursday or Friday due to weather but will let you know what I do.

November 19 - Went up to Clarks Bridge and met Mike Ferrell.  We launched at Clark's Bridge and fished the immediate area.  Lots of fish just below the bridge but we only got one to take our Trout but it came off right at the boat.  We also got one Spot but we did make a lot of fish.  We moved to one of Mike's secret spots and got nothing but the second spot I got the fish to the right, a 12.5lb Striper.  We fished from about 7:30am until just before noon and then decided to pack it in.  Water temperature was 61 degrees and the fish were holding in about 40 feet of water at about 20 feet.  

November 16 - Got bait, no Bluebacks but did get some trout and Large Shiners.  Went to Sardis launched and started fishing immediately.  Sardis seemed to be without life.  Moved to Ada Creek and saw a lot of fish rising but no big schools.  Just one fish here and one fish there.  Had two hits but nothing stuck.  Then went to Gainesville Creek.  Finally started to mark some fish just below the power lines and landed 2 fish. one about 4 pounds and another about 6 pounds.  Fish were moving but could not get them to bite.  Got one on a Trout and the other on a Shiner. It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed every minute on the water.

November 9 - Went out this morning and searched for the Stripers.  Started at Mud Creek where I got two fish.  One about 5 pounds and the other about 7 pounds.  Then things just died.  Went to 6 Mile and did pretty well.  Got 7 more fish but they all were small, 4 to 6 pounds.  Nothing big but saw a lot of fish rising.  Seems they liked the small bait better than the large bait.  Caught the first two fish on Bluebacks and all others on Medium Shiners.  

October 18 - Went out this morning to see if the fish are moving North.  Put in at Sardis and marked a lot of fish there but could not get but two bites and nothing stuck.  It was encouraging to see fish on the graph.  Then I went into Ada Creek and again marked fish but could not get them to bite.  The it was off to Little River with the same results and I finished up in Wahoo.  Didn't get a fish but the water was very dirty.  Could barely see my prop through the cloudy water.  I will try again when the water clears but until then, if you find them, let me know, PLEASE!

October 10 - Well, today was the day we were to take the SEEDS out for a day of Striper fishing on Lake Lanier.  I was fortunate enough to get two great guys to fish with, Big Max Green and Little Max Green from Temple, Ga.  You may laugh because they both had the same name but it was great for me.  Those of you who know me know I have a difficult time with names and because the names were the same, I really didn't have a challenge.  The cahllenge was theirs, they had to determine which Max I was adressing.  They were a joy to fish with and were experienced fishermen.  Little Max just loved Bass fishing so my decision to bring a couple casting rods was a good one.  Once we got the  fishing area, I offered Max a casting rod and a few boxes full of lures and he went to work.  It really didn't take him long to get into a nice Spot.  We fished from about 7;00am until just about 1:00pm and landed 5 Spots, which made Little Max VERY Happy and one Striper.  It was a very enjoyable day and I look forward to next year and another SEEDS outing.  Below are a few pictures of Max with his fish.

       

By the way, the second picture from the left is Big Max!!!
Thanks guys for a great day and Tight Lines!!!

October 8 - Went out this morning to pre fish for the Saturday SEEDS outing.  Tried the same old places and nothing seemed to work.  Finally while at 6 Mile, I got a hit on a Flat Line.  Then for about an hour the fish were biting with a vengeance.  I landed 5 small Stripers, 1 Catfish and 1 Spot.  All 7 fish were caught on Blueback  about 50 feet behind the boat with no weight at all.  Bet you know where I will be on Saturday with the SEEDS.  Water temp was 74.3 degrees and the weather was OK, just a bit windy, made it tough to stay over the fish but had a good time anyway.

October 2 - Went on another expiation this morning.  Went to Balus but before I started fishing the South end, I went North.  I just wanted to see if the fish had started moving up yet.  Went to Chestatee Bay and started to scout around to see what I could see.  The last time I was here, it was devoid of like.  Today there were fish around, not in large numbers but never the less FISH.  I put a line down and pulled through the entire back end of the Bay.  Didn't catch anything but did spot more fish.  Maybe the oxygen levels are changing and the Stripers are starting to move North.  Next I went to 2 Mile, dropped a line but nothing.  Again marked a few fish but no takers.  Then went to 6 Mile and marked a lot of fish but could not get one to stick.  I had a few Gizzard Shad and I tried them.  They seemed to be the most effective, I had hits that took the bait but did not get hooked.  I also used Bluebacks and again had good hits but nothing stuck.  Finally I thought I had all the fun I could have and packed up and left.  Water temperature was 75.2 degrees and again the water conditions were great.  Maybe the dropping barometer has something to do with my lack of fish.

September 30 - Thought it might be time for the Stripers to turn around and start back up toward the Rivers so I went on a hunting expedition.  I started at Sardis and could not find any fish.  Then I went to the Channel in front of the Gainesville Marina, the Channel below the Gainesville Marina, Gainesville Creek, Holly Park, Little River, Wahoo Creek and then Ada Creek before giving up and going home.  I only marked a few fish in each area but nothing to write home about.  Wahoo Creek had the largest concentration of fish but I could not get them to bite.  Conditions were very good, 75+/- degree water temp., relatively clear water, color was green not brown, could see down about 3 feet and the weather was just beautiful.  I guess the fish have not started to move up just yet but I will keep checking every once in a while until I find them in the North end of the lake.

September 23 - Now that the water is calming down I thought I would go out and give it my best shot.  Guess I should have brought the my fishing rods and changed those rubber hooks because I could not get a fish.  I checked out all the regular spots but just couldn't mark anything.  I had great bait, the finder was working just fine, the weather was just beautiful and the water conditions were also cooperating.  Water was relatively clear.  Had a green tint to it but it was not brow or rust colored.  Temperature was 79.2 degrees and there was a definite Thermocline at 40 feet.  I tried Balus, Flat Creek, Buoy B, 2 Mile, 2 Mile Buoy 3, 6 Mile, 6 Mile Buoy 8 and Ore Creek.  I did mark a few fish but just a few and I didn't see anyone else with the net out so I am assuming it was a tough morning for everyone.  I'm just sorry it was a tough morning for me.  I'll bet the fish started hitting after I left.  I was off the water at noon.

September 23 - Since the rain stopped, I decided to go out and try my luck.  I went down to Oakwood Bait and talked to John.  He advised me on where to fish after the bad weather.  I asked him to give me his best Striper Bait he had (you be the judge)  and he said he would.  I left the shop tuned up and ready to catch a few stripers.  I started out at my favorite spot in 2 Mile but nothing doing, then to the lower end of 2 Mile and nothing doing.  Finally I went into 6 Mile and marked a few fish.  I was successful? in 6 Mile.  I got 5 Spots and 4 Catfish.  Got on the lake at about 9:00 am and got off about 2:00 pm and not a Striper in the boat.  Great Striper Bait!!!  Water Temperature was 78 degrees when I got on the lake and 81.2 when I got off.  Water conditions were good.  For the most part, the water was clear and the sun was out although it was a little windy.

September 19 - Weather has not been cooperating but Brother Andy and I did get out to fish the Oakwood Striper Club tournament this morning.  fished from 7:00am until about 12:30 pm and only got 5 small fish.  The largest was just  23.5".  Not enough to win the tournament.  In fact, not enough to make a good showing.  The weather cooperated for about two hours and then it started to rain and rained and got windy for the rest of the morning.   Had a good time anyway and will fish another tournament when the weather is better.

September 10 - David Duncan and I went out this morning And fished a number of my favorite spots.  We started looking at Buoy "B" and didn't fins anything, then we checked out the area just out from Van's Tavern and again nothing.  Then I told David we were going to go to 2 Mile and finally were going to put a line down.  2 Mile has been good to me so thought I should give it a try without looking for the fish first.  We put the lines down and marked a few fish but no large schools and not a large amount of fish but I had confidence we could get something there.  Then David had his rod go down and the rod tip was in the water.  By the time he got to the rod, the fish was gone.  We continued to move south and finally his rod went down again.  The fish fought like a big fish so we took our time and when I finally netted his 23lb 4oz Striper, we both were excited.  We got one more fish in 2 Mile that was about 5 pounds and one fish more in 6 Mile but that was it for the day.  It was windy and the water temperature was 80.2 degrees.  Not a bad day but the wind was a killer.

September 8 - Went out this morning and thought it was going to be another day like yesterday.  Trolled from the mouth of Flat Creek to Buoy "B" and nothing.  Went into 2 Mile and landed on Striper about 5lbs.  Then moved to 6 Mile and did the same, also about 5lbs.  Tried a number of other locations with no luck.  The channel seemed to de devoid of fish.  Finally went back to 2 mile and landed 2 more small fish.  Nothing bigger then 6lbs and no pictures, I would nave been embarrassed to put them on the Internet.  That was it for the day.  All fish were caught on down rods.  They were also caught shallow, about 45 to 50 feet deep over a 70 foot bottom.  Water Temp was 81.3 degrees.

September 7 - Went out this morning even though it is a holiday.  Launched at Balus Creek, went out Flat Creek turned right and went to the channel and started trolling south.  Trolled with a Spreader, short lead had a 2oz jig and the long end had a lure, one Mann's 15 Stretch and one Mann's 25 Stretch.  Between the marina and buoy "B", I landed 2 fish.  One 6lbs 4oz and the other 7lbs 3oz.  Then went into 2 Mile and got 2 fish there one 12lbs 12oz and the other 5lbs 6oz.  Then went out into the channel in front of Aqua Land and landed one more, 35 inches, and did not weigh it but by the chart, it should be about 18lbs.  Had a good morning but the wind was terrible.  Could not down rod going south.  With no power, I was moving about 2.3 mph.  Water temperature was 82.4 degrees.  To the right is the largest fish of the day,

September 6 - Got a few questions about the weight of the Stripers we caught yesterday.  I was not sure so I looked it up on the chart below.  It may also help you determine the size of your Stripers.  Hope it does.

Need to know the weight of your Striper?  Take a look at this chart and you can estimate the weight!

Length
Minimum Weight
Maximum Weight
Average Weight
24 inches
6.00-lb.
8.25-lb.
7.00-lb.
25 inches
6.25-lb.
8.75-lb.
7.75-lb.
26 inches
7.00-lb.
10.00-lb.
8.50-lb.
27 inches
8.00-lb.
11.00-lb.
9.75-lb.
28 inches
8.75-lb.
12.00-lb.
10.25-lb.
29 inches
9.75-lb.
13.00-lb.
11.00-lb.
30 inches
10.25-lb.
14.00-lb.
12.25-lb.
31 inches
11.00-lb.
15.00-lb.
13.00-lb.
32 inches
12.00-lb.
16.75-lb.
14.50-lb.
33 inches
13.00-lb.
17.75-lb.
15.75-lb.
34 inches
14.00-lb.
19.00-lb.
16.50-lb.
35 inches
15.50-lb.
20.50-lb.
18.00-lb.
36 inches
16.75-lb.
22.00-lb.
19.50-lb.
37 inches
17.75-lb.
23.50-lb.
20.75-lb.
38 inches
19.00-lb.
25.50-lb.
22.00-lb.
39 inches
20.75-lb.
27.25-lb.
24.50-lb.
40 inches
22.00-lb.
29.50-lb.
26.00-lb.
41 inches
23.00-lb.
31.00-lb.
27.25-lb.
42 inches
25.00-lb.
33.50-lb.
29.75-lb.
43 inches
27.00-lb.
36.25-lb.
32.00-lb.
44 inches
29.00-lb.
39.00-lb.
34.00-lb.
45 inches
30.50-lb.
41.00-lb.
36.00-lb.
46 inches
32.50-lb.
44.00-lb.
38.75-lb.
47 inches
35.00-lb.
47.50-lb.
42.00-lb.
48 inches
37.00-lb.
51.00-lb.
44.00-lb.
49 inches
39.00-lb.
54.00-lb.
47.00-lb.
50 inches
42.00-lb.
58.00-lb.
50.00-lb.
51 inches
45.00-lb.
62.00-lb.
55.00-lb.
52 inches
47.00-lb.
65.00-lb.
58.00-lb.
53 inches
49.00-lb.
68.00-lb.
60.00-lb.
54 inches
52.00-lb.
73.00-lb.
64.00-lb.
55 inches
56.00-lb.
80.00-lb.
70.00-lb.


September 5 - Joined forces with Mike Ferrell for the Lanier Striper Club Tournament.  We got on lake lake at about 6:45am and took a look in 2 Mile but nothing to be seen on the screen.  Then we went to 6 Mile and pulled some Spreaders and looked around the area but again nothing to be seen.  We repeated this action at Flowery Branch, up the channel to Orr and then got a call from Dan letting us know that fish had been spotted in the channel in front of Aqua Land.  We turned around and went back to the channel and spotted some fish but nothing to write home about.  We dropped down lines and after about 30 minutes one of the rods loaded up.  We landed a 31" Striper, put it on the board, took a picture and returned it to the water.  About 40 minutes later we did the same with a 30 1/2 incher and later a 25 incher and later another one about 25 inches.  WE continued to fish until about 12:30 pm and then went to the Tiki Hut for the weigh-in.  When Buck announced the results, we were pleasantly surprised.  We had won 1st Place with a total length of 61 1/2 inches.  Dan and Buck tied for Second place.  The picture to the left is our largest fish of the day.  Thanks for a great winning day Mike!!!

September 3 - Went out with Mike Ferrell today.  We fished from about 10:00am until about 5:00pm.  We marked very few fish and caught even fewer.  We tried channel at Browns Bridge, the area around the marina just below Browns Bridge, we tried the area in front of Van's Tavern as well as around B Buoy.  Oh, yes, we fished 2 Mile, 6 Mile, The area around the Dam, Shoal Creek and many other places.  Unfortunately the fish would not cooperate so we got one fish about 5 pounds.  A picture is to the right.

August 27 - Went out this morning to see if the trolling bite was on.  Trolled for over 18 miles using both jigs and plugs but never found the fish.  I have been told the bite is MUCH better in the afternoon and I guess this substantiates just that.  For some reason I have not been able to find the fish for the last three trips and maybe it is just that I am not fishing the hot times.  Will try an afternoon run as soon as the weather cooperates.

August 25 - Storm passed with little fan fare!  I went out this morning and thought I was going to have a great day.  I went to all my regular spots and some spots I had never visited before but I could not find fish.  I don't know where they went but I sure can't find them.  If anyone knows where they are please email me so I can get back on to catching rather than looking.  I checked deep water, over 100 feet and shallower water, 40 feet and below and everything in between.  The fish have disappeared!!  Any help would be appreciated!

August 20 - Storm is coming in but I was told to be sure and fish 3 days before the storm.  For some reason the Stripers go crazy and the bite is outstanding.  Well, I went out and fished my heart out.  Got 5 Spotted Bass and no Stripers.  I could not find fish on the finder.  I went over 22 miles on the water and did not find a good school of fish all morning.  Guess Storms are good for other people, not me!!!

August 17 - It sure did not look inviting this morning but I went out anyway.  It was a little cool, a little windy and a lot overcast.  I started at Mud Creek with no action.  Then Orr Creek, also with no action.  Then to 2 Mile and nothing, then to 6 Mile and nothing again.  Then to Flowery Branch and had the same.  Really didn't mark but a few fish at any one place and I fished each of them for about 30 minutes when I did spot something but the fish sure were not cooperating.  finally I went back to 6 Mile and marked a few fish so I thought I would give it a real try.  I did land three fish, one 5lbs, one 7 pounds and one 10lbs 14 oz.  The first two I did not weigh but the last one I did.  It was a nice fish, caught about 50 ft down, over a 100 foot bottom.  Below is a picture of the largest fish of the day.  The ruler on the floor is 28 inches to give you an idea of the size of the fish.  In addition, I also took a picture of my finder.  From about 9:30am until about 11:00am it looked like this about half the time.  I just could not get them to bite consistently.

    

August 14 - Went back out this morning but my luck had changed.  I fished 2 Mile, the channel below 2 Mile, 6 Mile and Van's Tavern.  Got 4 bites but none of them stuck.  Had to leave early so my day was not very productive but I enjoyed being on the Lake anyway.  As I was coming home, Mike Ferrell called and told me I left too early.  He had landed 4 fish in the previous 25 minutes and was still fishing.  Guess it just was not my day.  On the other hand, I had been told the bite has been getting later and later each day.  yesterday I fished from about 11:00am and this morning I was on the lake at 5:30am.  That might be the secret!!!!

August 13 - Haven't been fishing this week so finally got a chance to get out.  Didn't get out until about 11:00am but I did get out and  got rid of some of those cob webs.  Started at Ore Creek but didn't mark any fish.  Moved to 2 Mile, marked a few fish but could not get them to bite.  Then moved to the upper end of 6 Mile and again didn't mark anything.  Finally got to the mouth of 6 Mile and marked a few fish.  Fished for about 30 minutes and my rod loaded up.  After a few minutes, landed a 8lb 15oz Striper.  Fished for about another half hour and finally got another bite.  I started to play the fish and my other rod loaded up, a double and I was alone.  The first fish was 9lbs 10oz, then I went to the other rod.  The second fish was 13lbs 12oz.  Not long after I got one more fish, 5lbs 3oz.  For what ever reason, I could not get a bit at any other spot but had a good day after all.  Used Oakwood Bait, Blueback Herring.  Fished them down about 50 feet over a 100 foot bottom.  Water temperature was 86 when I got there and 89 by the time I got back to the boat ramp.  Hope to get out again tomorrow but Toni had an eye operation and I won't go unless she is feeling OK.  Below are the three largest fish.

         

August 6 - Went back out this morning with Mike Ferrell and Bret Wendel.  We fished most of the morning without any luck.  well, Bret got one about 14 inches.  We fished Mud Creek, Orr Creek, Van's Tavern, 2 Mile and finally when we got to 6 mile, it looked like we were going to do OK.  I had to leave early and about 11:00 Bret got a  nice fish, about 10 pounds and at the same time, another fish hit, took out some line but just didn't get the hook.  I left and Bret and Mike went back out and they got another nice fish, also about 10 pounds.  Below is a picture of Bret with the first nice fish of the day.

August 5 - Mike Ferrell and I went out this morning. Took him to my favorite August 5 spot, 2 Mile. We had a good morning and landed 5 Stripers, the largest being 11lbs 9oz and the smallest a little less than 5 pound. We also landed a nice Spot about 3lbs and a very large Catfish. All the fish came from the 2 Mile area and were caught downrodding Bluback Herring from Oakwood Bait. We were fishing about 30 down over a 60 foot bottom. the water temperature was 85.6 degrees. Below are two pictures of Mike, one with a 5lb 11oz Striper and the other with an 11lb 9oz Striper. Good Going Mike!!!
    

July 28 - Went back on the lake this morning and thought we were going to have a great day. Fished everything from Chestatee Bay to 6 Mile and only had two bites and hooked NO fish. We got on the water at 5:45am and got off at 11:45am. NO runs, two hits and no errors today. Guess it just was not our day!

July 27 - My Brother and his Grand Daughter came up to fish the lake today and tomorrow. We got on the lake early and had a great time. Riley, my brother's Grand Daughter hooked three fish and landed 2 of them. The third one she lost due to Captains error. After landing the second fish, I didn't check the leader and when the third fish hit, it had a weak spot and the leader broke. She had never fished for Stripers before and she did a great job hooking and landing her catch. Below are the pictures of the two Stripers she landed.
    

GREAT JOB RILEY!!!!!
July 23 - Decided to go out this morning instead of Friday. the weather seemed like it would be better. I put in at Balus and my first stop was in Flat Creek. Fished one area in Flat Creek where I had marked a bunch of fish yesterday but could not get them to hit. Had the same problem this morning! I believe the fish in this area are Walleye because I get what appears to be a short strike and when I bring in the bait, it has been bit in half. You need teeth to do that and the only fish in the lake that has teeth like that are Walleye. Anyway, didn't get a thing. then went to Van's Tavern but could not find a fish on the finder. Finally went to 2 Mile and found a few fish on the scope. Didn't leave two mile for three hours. I landed 5 fish and lost 2. They are not stupid, they hit and went down. As I have said before, there are lots of submerged trees in this lake and both of the fish I lost were looking for those trees. Both times they got into the trees and I lost the fish and my gear. At one point, I saw Jeff Blair coming toward me and my rod loaded up. I had the fish on when Jeff got into the area. I landed that fish, about 9 pounds, took a picture and sent my bait back down 35 feet. I started the trolling motor and started to turn back into my trolling pattern and the other rod went off. This time a nice 11lb 11oz Striper, the biggest fish of the day. Below are pictures of these two fish.
    

July 22 - What a difference a day makes. Today I could not get a bite despite myself. I did mark some fish but they just would not bite. I did land one small Striper, 20" and that was it. The weather changed and maybe the Barometer has something to do with their eating habits. Won't be going tomorrow but should go on Friday.

July 21 - Fishing is getting better and better. I know yesterday was a looser but each day holds it's own treasures. Got on the lake about 6:00am and went to Chestatee Bay. Marked a few fish but nothing to write home about. Then moved to 2 Mile. It took a few minutes but I marked a few fish and caught a few fish. If you are a Basketball fan, I had a Quadruple/Quadruple. For those of you who do not follow Basketball, I got 4 different species of fish, Striper, Spot, Walleye and Catfish. I landed 7 fish and 4 were Stripers. Hence, a Quadruple/Quadruple. The Spot was 3lbs 3 oz, the Walleye was about 3 pounds but I did not take him out of the water, I got him in the net, then shook the hook loose and released him. The Catfish was about 17 inches long. The Stripers were 9lbs 9oz, 8lbs 7oz, 7lbs 3 oz and 8lbs 11oz. Not a bad day on a Southern Lake for a California Boy just learning how to get them in a strange place. Below are pictures of three of the fish. Two Stripers and the Spot.
    

July 20 - Went back to the lake this morning. The weather was beautiful. Cool, about 60 degrees and very clear with winds about 5 mph. I guess since the weather was good the fishing was bad. Not many fish caught but I did manage to get 3 small ones to the boat. Biggest about 24". Left early because I just could not buy a bite after about 9:00am!!!

July 17 - Didn't fish yesterday because the Weather Man said it was going to storm. This morning they said it was not going to storm and the wind would be about 5 - 10 mph, WRONG!! No storm but the wind was more like 15 - 20 mph. At any rate, I went
out and started at Balus again but no luck. Went to 2 Mile at abut 7:45 am and dropped a couple Blue Backs. Not long after I put them in I has a fish. Not big, 20" but a fish never the less. Then I got another that was about 24". Finally I got a nice fish. The yellow tape on the deck is 29" long and as you can see it was about two inches longer than the tape. almost as long as my center council and weighed 17 lbs 7 oz. For a while I thought it was going to be bigger than the 19 lb fish I got with Sheets and Dale last August but no such luck. That was it folks. Three fish and a good time, with the exception of the wind.

July 14 - Went out this morning. Started at Balus and got nothing. Then to Chestatee and nothing. Then to Van's Tavern and nothing. Then to 2 mile and hit the jackpot. It was windy so I started to move down the lake with the wind. It was blowing me at a bout 1.6 mph. Got a nice 5 lb Striper right away, then landed 4 more between 8 and 11 pounds. Had to put out 50 feet of line and use two ounces of lead to stay in the fish zone but the bite started about 8:00 and was over at 9:20. Below are pictures of 3 of the 5 fish.
         

July 11 - Fished in a tournament that was sponsored by the Lake Lanier Striper Club. Fished with David Duncan and didn't do bad. All fish caught should be measured and photographed. Weight is not important, winner is the team with the biggest length for their two longest fish. We got three fish and the two best were 56 inches. Winner was 64 inches. had a good time and will be joining the club next month.

July 9 - Got on the lake about 5:45am and was fishing about 5 minutes later. Started at Balus, fished for about 45 minutes and nothing so I moved to Chestatee Bay. I put a Herring on one rod and put it down 25 feet. Then turned around and started to put a Herring on the second rod and I could hear the first rod bouncing. Picked it up and landed a 10lb 5oz Striper. Thought this was going to be the day!!! fished for about another hour and not another bite. Moved to Van's Tavern. Same action, put one bait on and as I was putting on the second bait the first rod went off. Landed a 7lb 2oz Striper. Exactly the same action. Could not get another hit. Then went to 2 mile and put the first rod down, put the second rod down and waited about 5 minutes and hooked another fish. This time about 9lbs, didn't weight it but it was a nice fish. It was about 10:15am and I thought I should start back. Went back to Back to Balus and fished it for about 30 minutes and then took the boat out of the water and went home. Had a good time but could not get more than one fish in any of the spots I fished.
July 7 - Took my neighbor fishing this morning, Jonathon, 11 years old. He had never caught a fish bigger than 6" and was looking forward to getting something bigger. We fished from about 6:15am until after 9:00am before moving from Keith's Bridge to 6 Mile. Got nothing at Keith's Bridge and I knew I had to get Jonathon a fish. When we got to 6 Mile, we put the baits down and Jonathon starting casting a swim bait. Finally after about 40 minutes, one of the rods loaded up and the fight was on. First he could not get the rod out of the holder. I grabbed the rod, pulled it out of the holder and handed it to him. He looked at me like I just handed him a bomb. The line was moving through the guides and the rod was bent so that the tip was in the water and he said, "he is going to break the rod". Needless to say the rod was not going to break so I assured him all was OK. He did a great job of fighting the fish and finally I netted it after about a 5 minute fight. It was a nice 25", 5lb 5oz Striper. To the right is a picture of Jonathon Yearwood with the trophy!!! We fished until about noon, had two other fish try to take our offering but no such luck so, we went on home. Needless to say, Jonathon was a happy camper.


June 30 - Things started out bad this morning and just turned worse. I left the house as I usually do but when I got about a mile from the house, I realized I had not closed the Garage Door. Turned around and went back and closed the door. Went to the bait shop and bought a dozen Herring. The guy at the store gave me about 2 dozen and told me he thought I would get into them today and would need more bait. Thought my luck had changed! Went to the ramp, put the boat in and as I pulled away from the dock I realized I had not taken my coffee with me. Went back and got the coffee. Then when I got to the area where I was going to fish, I could not get my electric motor running. It appeared as if the batteries were dead. I stayed and fished the immediate area using my gas motor but just could not do anything. Finally I decided to give it up. Went back to the dock and got the boat on the trailer but realized the handle on the winch was loose. On closer inspection, the nut was missing that held the handle in place. Finally got everything the way I wanted it and went home. Got home and upon further inspection, the bolt that holds the nut that holds the handle on the winch is stripped. Changed to my old winch. Then plugged my battery charger in and it said the batteries had a full charge. Checked the battery wiring out and there was a loose connection. Fixed the connection and still could not get the motor to work. Traced the power down to the plug and found the hot side of the battery was not making it though the receptacle. I did everything I knew how to do and finally decided it was best to go get a new receptacle. Went to the boat shop and they had a receptacle but not one that matched my plug. Started to buy both parts but they were over $40. Went to WallyWorld and they had a plug but no receptacle. The plug was $7.95 and if they had the receptacle it would have been $9.95. No such luck, they were out of stock. I did find a connector that I could use temporarily and got it and went home and installed it. Now everything is working again but I lost a full day of fishing, had to give the bait away and now still have to get the proper electrical parts to make a permanent fix for the trolling motor. Sure glad this day is over!!!

June 29 - Bought a new fish finder yesterday and was anxious to try it out. Put the boat in about 6:30am and fished Balus for about 45 minutes without a hit. Left Bailis and went to the Chestatee. Luck was different there, got two Stripers about 4 pounds each. Then the fish moved, nothing on the finder. Moved to Two Mile and only fished it for about 20 minutes but didn't mark a thing. Then to Six mile and there I got two more Stripers, the largest 9lbs 11oz. Then it started to get hot and I thought it was about time to go. Final count was 4 Stripers, no Catfish and no Spots. I bought a Lowrance 510c but frankly I was not impressed. I will try it again tomorrow and if it is the same, I will return it. My old 135X seems to be a better finder.

June 26 - Went out this morning and fished Ada Creek, Little River and the Sardis area and only got one Striper. I also landed 5 Catfish. I am getting to be the Catfish King!!!! When it started to get warm, I got going. Won't fish tomorrow but will be back on the water on Monday.

June 24 - Went out to try Dick Pole's Pro Troll. Had 8 dead herring, so I thought it would be a good test. Pro Troll is a device that when a bait (fish) is inserted in it, it gives the bait a rolling motion, much like trolling for Salmon with a double hook rig. I worked all morning and didn't get a Striper but at one point I had two Catfish on at the same time. It is looking more and more like the locals are right, LIVE BAIT is the ticket.

June 22 - Still looking for that BIG fish. Went out this morning and fished Balus, Flat Creek, Two Mile and Six Mile Creek. Landed three Stripers the largest 7lbs 3oz. Surface temperature was 86 degrees but the temperature at 50 feet was 77. Guess I have to go deeper to get the fish in water they can breath in. Soon the surface temperature will be almost 90 and oxygen will only be available at depths over 50 feet. As the water heats up the fish go deeper and I will do the same.

June 18 - Went back to the lake looking for that one BIG fish. I still have not got a big fish while fishing in my boat. Got on the lake about 6:15 am and landed a 14lb 4oz Striper at 6:32 am. Then I went for over two hours before another hit and landed one about 5lbs. Had a number of Spots short strike my bait and had a few Gars eat half of a bait or two but that was it. Only two fish and today both were Stripers. Fishing in about 40 feet of water and going down about 20 to 25 feet. Water temperature is over 83 degrees and getting warmer.

June 30 - Things started out bad this morning and just turned worse. I left the house as I usually do but when I got about a mile from the house, I realized I had not closed the Garage Door. Turned around and went back and closed the door. Went to the bait shop and bought a dozen Herring. The guy at the store gave me about 2 dozen and told me he thought I would get into them today and would need more bait. Thought my luck had changed! Went to the ramp, put the boat in and as I pulled away from the dock I realized I had not taken my coffee with me. Went back and got the coffee. Then when I got to the area where I was going to fish, I could not get my electric motor running. It appeared as if the batteries were dead. I stayed and fished the immediate area using my gas motor but just could not do anything. Finally I decided to give it up. Went back to the dock and got the boat on the trailer but realized the handle on the winch was loose. On closer inspection, the nut was missing that held the handle in place. Finally got everything the way I wanted it and went home. Got home and upon further inspection, the bolt that holds the nut that holds the handle on the winch is stripped. Changed to my old winch. Then plugged my battery charger in and it said the batteries had a full charge. Checked the battery wiring out and there was a loose connection. Fixed the connection and still could not get the motor to work. Traced the power down to the plug and found the hot side of the battery was not making it though the receptacle. I did everything I knew how to do and finally decided it was best to go get a new receptacle. Went to the boat shop and they had a receptacle but not one that matched my plug. Started to buy both parts but they were over $40. Went to WallyWorld and they had a plug but no receptacle. The plug was $7.95 and if they had the receptacle it would have been $9.95. No such luck, they were out of stock. I did find a connector that I could use temporarily and got it and went home and installed it. Now everything is working again but I lost a full day of fishing, had to give the bait away and now still have to get the proper electrical parts to make a permanent fix for the trolling motor. Sure glad this day is over!!!

June 29 - Bought a new fish finder yesterday and was anxious to try it out. Put the boat in about 6:30am and fished Balus for about 45 minutes without a hit. Left Bailis and went to the Chestatee. Luck was different there, got two Stripers about 4 pounds each. Then the fish moved, nothing on the finder. Moved to Two Mile and only fished it for about 20 minutes but didn't mark a thing. Then to Six mile and there I got two more Stripers, the largest 9lbs 11oz. Then it started to get hot and I thought it was about time to go. Final count was 4 Stripers, no Catfish and no Spots. I bought a Lowrance 510c but frankly I was not impressed. I will try it again tomorrow and if it is the same, I will return it. My old 135X seems to be a better finder.

June 26 - Went out this morning and fished Ada Creek, Little River and the Sardis area and only got one Striper. I also landed 5 Catfish. I am getting to be the Catfish King!!!! When it started to get warm, I got going. Won't fish tomorrow but will be back on the water on Monday.

June 24 - Went out to try Dick Pole's Pro Troll. Had 8 dead herring, so I thought it would be a good test. Pro Troll is a device that when a bait (fish) is inserted in it, it gives the bait a rolling motion, much like trolling for Salmon with a double hook rig. I worked all morning and didn't get a Striper but at one point I had two Catfish on at the same time. It is looking more and more like the locals are right, LIVE BAIT is the ticket.

June 22 - Still looking for that BIG fish. Went out this morning and fished Balus, Flat Creek, Two Mile and Six Mile Creek. Landed three Stripers the largest 7lbs 3oz. Surface temperature was 86 degrees but the temperature at 50 feet was 77. Guess I have to go deeper to get the fish in water they can breath in. Soon the surface temperature will be almost 90 and oxygen will only be available at depths over 50 feet. As the water heats up the fish go deeper and I will do the same.

June 18 - Went back to the lake looking for that one BIG fish. I still have not got a big fish while fishing in my boat. Got on the lake about 6:15 am and landed a 14lb 4oz Striper at 6:32 am. Then I went for over two hours before another hit and landed one about 5lbs. Had a number of Spots short strike my bait and had a few Gars eat half of a bait or two but that was it. Only two fish and today both were Stripers. Fishing in about 40 feet of water and going down about 20 to 25 feet. Water temperature is over 83 degrees and getting warmer.

June 16 - Went to Balus and got nothing. Then went into Flat Creek and still nothing. Finally I went to 6 mile and found some
fish. Landed 3 Spots and two Stripers the largest being 10.7 lbs. In addition, I lot the biggest fish I have had on all year. I hooked a nice Striper and played around with it for a few minutes when I finally saw the fish. I looked down at my line counter and it said 8 feet to go. The fish appeared to be over 20 pounds, possibly over 25. Then he took off I watched the line counter and when it got to 115 it finally stopped. As luck would have it, the fish took me into the trees at the bottom of the lake and I could not get him out. Finally the leader broke and I was out of luck. To the right is a picture of the Stripers I did get to the boat.

June 15 - got up this morning and felt lucky. Went to the bait shop got a dozen Blue Backs and off to the lake. Had lots of action but only 1 Striper about 6 pounds. All the rest were Spots. Fished Chestatee Bay, the Main Channel above Browns Bridge and Flat Creek.

June 12 - Went back out this morning and fished the Balus area. Unfortunately the fish didn't feel like cooperating. Only go 3 Spots after about 3 1/2 hours of fishing.

June 10 - Got an email from Jack Bishop. He and his son Jack went to Oregon for a two days of fishing on the Umquoa River. Apparently they had a great trip because on both days they limited out by 10:30 am. Below is the proof of their success!! I guess you can see how thrilled they were by the smiles on their faces.

June 16 - Went to Balus and got nothing. Then went into Flat Creek and still nothing. Finally I went to 6 mile and found some
fish. Landed 3 Spots and two Stripers the largest being 10.7 lbs. In addition, I lot the biggest fish I have had on all year. I hooked a nice Striper and played around with it for a few minutes when I finally saw the fish. I looked down at my line counter and it said 8 feet to go. The fish appeared to be over 20 pounds, possibly over 25. Then he took off I watched the line counter and when it got to 115 it finally stopped. As luck would have it, the fish took me into the trees at the bottom of the lake and I could not get him out. Finally the leader broke and I was out of luck. To the right is a picture of the Stripers I did get to the boat.

June 15 - got up this morning and felt lucky. Went to the bait shop got a dozen Blue Backs and off to the lake. Had lots of action but only 1 Striper about 6 pounds. All the rest were Spots. Fished Chestatee Bay, the Main Channel above Browns Bridge and Flat Creek.

June 12 - Went back out this morning and fished the Balus area. Unfortunately the fish didn't feel like cooperating. Only go 3 Spots after about 3 1/2 hours of fishing.
June 10 - Got an email from Jack Bishop. He and his son Jack went to Oregon for a two days of fishing on the Umquoa River. Apparently they had a great trip because on both days they limited out by 10:30 am. Below is the proof of their success!! I guess you can see how thrilled they were by the smiles on their faces.
    

June 10 - Same story, got up jumped in the truck and to the Lake. Today was another of those days when I couldn't get the hook to stick. I landed three Stripers the largest being 10 lbs 2 oz and one Spot but I had hits all morning. I just could not get the hook in their mouth to stick. I was ready to leave about 10:30 am, not because I had my fill of fishing, I just ran out of bait. Below are pictures of two of the 3 Stripers. One 9 lbs 6 oz and the other 10 lbs 2 oz.

    

June 9 - Got on the lake at about 6:30 am. Went back to the same spot I fished yesterday, the Balus area. I landed 4 Stripers to 11 pounds and one Spot about 2 pounds. I also lost tow other fish. Seems the fish are in suspended over a 40 to 60 foot bottom and are down about 25 feet. I was trolling Herring at about .5 miles an hour using 1 ounce of lead and dropping my line down between 20 and 25 feet. It is hard to take pictures of your catch when you are alone but her are pictures of the two largest fish still in the net, one about 8 pounds and the other about 11 pounds.

    

June 4 - Had planned to go out this morning but the weather is not cooperating. We are having scattered thunder showers and thought it best not to go out when there is a possibility of lightning.

June 3 - My Brother Andy and I were on the lake both yesterday and today. We used Blue Backs and actually did very well.
Yesterday we got a number of Spotted Bass and two Catfish but could not locate the Stripers. By the way, the Catfish were caught in 60 to 80 feet of water, trolling with our bait about 10 feet below the surface. I have not heard of Catfish coming to the surface to feed but I guess you learn something new every day. Today, we went back out with a positive attitude and we able to land 6 Spotted Bass, two Catfish and two Stripers, the largest being 7.4 lbs. We had a great and found some new areas to fish. We fished the south end of the lake and actually did as much exploring as we did fishing. Below is a picture of Brother Andy and his fish.

June 1 - Thought I should get out on the lake and find some fish because my brother is coming up and we are going fishing tomorrow. Went to Gainesville Creek but it was very dirty and the water was 78.6 degrees. Fished it anyway for about an hour Then move up to the main channel. It was also dirty and warm. Fished just above the Gainesville Bridge and nothing. Then went to Ada Creek. After three hours decided that I should have gone south, cooler water and clearer water. That is where we will fish tomorrow.

May 29 - Sorry for not updating the file but, I have not been doing much Striper Catching!!! I have been going out but for some reason I can get Spotted Bass to hit anything I put in front of them but I cannot get the Stripers to do the same. In addition, the weather has not been cooperating. We have had a lot of rain and WIND! Seems like the weather is improving but the water temperature has also improved? Now it is over 75 degrees. I did get two Stripers in on Thursday but nothing to brag about. One about 4 pounds and the other about 5 pounds. Wednesday I was out and it started to sprinkle and the Stripers went crazy, as the rain came down harder, the Stripers got wilder. Then at the peak of the storm, they were all over the place. I tried everything in my tackle box and only got two hits, one did not stick and the other I had on for about 30 seconds. I just could not get them to take a lure. Yesterday, I tried something different. I went to the bait shop and got some Blue Back Herring. After about 6 hours on the lake, much longer than I usually stay, the count was one Large Mouth just over 5 pounds and 7 Spotted bass from about 1 1/2 pounds to abut 3 1/2 pounds. Still no Striper. I guess I am going to have to check with Lanier Big River Outfitters and see if they can give me any clues as to why I cannot get the Stripers to hit.

May 1 - I got up this morning, took some frozen Shad out of the freezer, loaded the boat and went off to the Chestatee. Launched at Bolding Mills and went up about 3 miles. Saw a bunch of fish pushing the bait to the surface so I stopped, rigged a two rods with Shad and one with a Fish Trap to cast. Started trolling in the area where the Stripers were working. Didn't cast three times when I got my first hit but it didn't stick. Then I got another and this time it did stick. The fish hit the Fish Trap wit a vengeance. After a few minutes, I landed a nice Striper. Took out my trusty XTools digital scale and he weighed 15.2 pounds. Took a picture of him in the net so I would not have to touch him. Didn't want to hurt him because I was putting him back to get bigger. then I went back to trolling and casting. About 10 minutes later I hooked another fish and landed it. A 13.4 pound Striper. About an hour later, I landed one another and it was about 5 pounds. All three fish hit the Fish Trap. Had one hit on the rolling Shad but it didn't stick. Will try the Shad again next week and will go back to the same productive area.

    

April 29 - 30 - My older brother from Fayetteville came up to do some fishing. On Wednesday we got Gizzard Shad and went up the Chestatee arm of the lake and fished our heads off. We had MANY hits. The fish were after the bait but for some reason we just could not hook them. We had more hits than I have ever had in a single day and only landed 2 Spotted Bass. We had a few Stripers chase the bit and attempt to grab it but they just didn't get hooked. On Thursday we went to the Chattahoochee arm but this time used artificial. We again landed a few Spotted Bass but no Stripers. We did everything we knew how to do and still were not successful. Guess we need some instructions.

April 23 - Have been fishing a number of times in the past few weeks but boy, I cannot locate the Stripers. I have been all over the middle section of the lake and have not marked any numbers of Stripers at all. It seems that when I go to an area, the Stripers vacate that area. I have done well on spotted Bass but that is not what I am trying to catch. I have been using artificial lures and it seems the Spots like them and the Stripers, if they are around DO NOT!!! Again, I have not marked a lot of Stripers so I must be fishing the wrong areas. I also have not seen anyone else getting any Stripers so maybe it is the weather of some other oddity. Next week my Brother is coming up and we will use live bait and fish the upper reaches of the lake. Stay tuned to see if we do any better.

April 8 - Well, after all the bad weather and the snow, today finally was suppose to be a nice day so I took advantage of the opportunity and went to the lake. Didn't have big expectations because of the weather but just had to get out. Went to Sardis and fished the immediate Sardis area for about an hour or so. Nothing!! then moved to Ada Creek. Was there about an hour without marking many fish when I finally got a hit. Landed a small Spot about 2 lbs. Then went out into the deeper water, about 60 ft. and started to mark a few fish. Seemed like the fish were much bigger but they were not bunched up. It was a fish here and a fish there. On the screen, the appeared to be big enough to be Stripers but I could not bet them to bite. Guess they could have been Gar but who knows? No other action so I went on home.

March 31 - Went back to the area where I spotted fish yesterday. Fished from about 7:00 until about 10:00 and did land 5 Spots, the biggest about three pounds. Still haven't got a Striper from the west side of the lake. Will continue to try and will keep you posted.

March 30 - Went to a new area of the lake. Launched at Bolding Mills and went down the lake . Fished every cove, point and drop off O could find but no fish. Finally just as I as getting ready to call it a day, I started to mark a lot of smaller fish, probably Spots. Never the less, I packed it in and went home. No Runs, no Hits, no Fish!!

March 24 - Went out this morning and went to the same locations that I fished yesterday. Today, one Spotted Bass 3.4 pounds. A nice Spot but not a Striper. Guess the weather will keep me off the lake for a few days so I will get some Honey Dooos done and be ready to fish next week.

March 23 -Got up this morning and went back down to the lake. Put the boat in about 7:00 am and stayed in the Sardis area. By 9:00 am, I had landed two Spots, one about a pound and a half and the other about 3 pounds. In addition, landed a nice 12.7 lb Striper. Fished the main channel below Gainesville and landed one more Striper about 8.1 lbs. Not a bad morning and I got off the water about 11:00 am. Two of the fish were caught trolling Bombers and the other two were caught casting Stripe King lures. Water temperature was 58.2 degrees and the weather was just beautiful. Things are looking up!!!!

March 20 - Went out this morning but just went for a boat ride. Started out at Sardis and when I started heading North, I saw a big area on the GPS that I had not noticed before. I took off to the west and ended up in Little River. Kept going back a long way and found tow things. One, there is no way out of Little River except the way I came in. Second, NO FISH. I didn't mark a fish all the way to the back of Little River and then back to the main channel. I fished a little but not luck so packed it in and went home about 11:00am.

March 17 - Guess the Leprechauns scared all the fish in the lake because I hardly marked a fish this morning. I went out a 5:00am and started by throwing lures in the cove around Sardis. Then trolled to the main channel and made my way to Ada Creek. then went to Holly Park and finally put things away and came home. The lake seemed to be devoid of like. No bait on the screen, nothing jumping and even the birds could not find them. Guess I don't have the luck of the Irish!!!

March 13 - Yes, Friday the 13th. Got up this morning about 4:45am and got thing ready to get on the lake. Went outside and it seemed to be a very nice morning. Little wind, cloudy and about 42 degrees. Put my rods in the boat, got my thermos full of coffee and was off to the boat ramp. Got to the ramp and the wind was blowing at least 15 mph. Thought about it for a few minutes and decided it was best to just go home. Really didn't want to fight the wind. Did stop to get gas but no fishing today. I really want to get out one morning in the dark and see if I can entice a big one to hit a lure.

March 10 - Jim called and asked if I would like to go out to the lake tonight. We met about 7:00pm and went out on the water to see if we could land a few nice stripers. I started throwing a Fish Trap and landed a nice Spot about 2.5 pounds and Jim was using a Rapala and landed a nice spot as well. I lost what appeared to be a big Striper and Jim landed a Striper about 18 inches. The water was like a piece of glass and the temperature was over 60 degrees. Not a lot of action but we got out on the water and had a few nice hits. Fishing should be getting nothing but better so stay tuned for some great reports.

March 9 - Went out this morning and had a great time on the water. I landed three fish but put them all back, two Stripers and one Spot. the Spot was about 17 inches and took a Mann's Stretch 15. I have to admit, when I released the Stripers, I had to apologize to them for ruining their day. Neither of them was more that 15 inches. Never the less, had a good day and at least got a hit or two.

March 5 - Got out on the lake today and had a great day fishing. Didn't do any catching but it was a great day on the water. Fished Sardis, Ada Creek and Holly Park with out any luck. Actually didn't get a bite. Water temp was about 46, a little cool and the sun was very bright. Fished for about 4 hours then pulled everything in and went home. Hope you have better luck on your next adventure. Water seems to be warming up so get ready for the spring bite. It surly will be here soon!!

February 20 - Yesterday it stormed almost all day. In South Georgia they even had an enormous amount of damage due to tornados. Never the less, I had planned to go fishing this morning, so I did. I got up about 6:30am, loaded the boat and off to the boat ramp. It was a little cool, 23 degrees and with the wind chill, 16 degrees. I was dressed for the weather so no problem right? Got to the launch area and started to get things ready. First, the hatch in which my ropes are stored was frozen shut. I tried everything but no luck. I could not get my launching rope out of the hatch. No problem, I had a piece of rope in my truck. then, I hooked up my fish finder and my GPS. The GPS was just fine. Right, the fish finder was frozen and would not work. I had to put it under my Snow Mobile suit to warm it so it would work. Backed down the ramp and got the boat floating. Jumped in the boat and started the engine. Started right up BUT no Pee Stream. I had just had a complete maintenance performed and was hoping the impeller was OK but no tell tale water. Left the engine running and waited to see if the emergency sounder was going to go off but it didn't, so I completed launching the boat and parked the truck. Went down to the boat, jumped in and put it in reverse to get out of the launch area. At that point, I put the engine neutral and started to get my rods ready to fish. Rigged two for trolling and one for casting. Put the electric motor down and, you got it right, it would not run. Waited about 5 minutes for it to thaw in the water and finally it began to do it's thing. I put out the two trolling rods and got my coffee ready when I saw a nice Striper jump. I pulled out the casting rod and threw a Fish Trap at the Striper. He didn't take it the first time and when I went to throw it a second time, the guides were frozen and it didn't go anywhere. I stuck the guides in the water and then tried again. The Fish Trap hit the water but when I tried to reel in, the reel just clicked. I guessed the reel got water inside and the gears had ice in them and could not engage. I stuck the reel in the water and I guess I was right because it worked. I made a few trolling passes in that area and then my phone started to ring. I answered and it was Jeff Blair. He wanted to know if that was me in the distance. I looked up and said yes, so he came over to say hi. As we talked he asked me if I had live bait. I said NO, so he proceeded to offer me some Gizzard Shad. I did not have water in the bait tank so I loaded it up and hooked up the juice to start the pump, filter and air and nothing, it was all frozen. The water recycling bowl was frozen to the top. Never the less, I did have an aerator so I got it working. It was under the water in the tank or it would have still been frozen as well. Jeff gave me a dozen Shad and we went off to do our thing. Jeff to get his clients and me to catch a fish. Got to Holly Park and went to get the net so that I could get the bait out of my 30 gallon tank and realized the net was in the same hatch as my ropes. No net so I had to stick my arm in the tank and chase the fish around trying to grab them. Have you ever tried to a catch a fish by hand in a tank about 2.5 feet high and 3 feet in diameter? First, it was COLD!!! Second they were quick. Finally did get two shad, hooked them up and started fishing. At this point, the temperature started to warm and it was about 34 degrees. Things started to thaw slowly and the ice cycles on my arm, from catching the bait, started to melt. The whole day was a continuous SNAFU. I did not catch but one small Spotted Bass and that was on a lure. I did learn one thing. If you are dumb enough to go out fishing in that kind of weather, you need to do things different and be prepared for the ice. I did have a good time and got off the lake about 3:00pm. I was grateful that I could get out and will make changes based on my first COLD weather experience in Georgia.

February 17 - Was invited out by a friend I met at the launch ramp about three months ago. He only fishes for Stripers at night and only casts for them. I met him at the boat ramp about 6:30pm and we went about 2 miles and started to fish. We fished for about 3 hours without a bite then he got three small stripers in a row. He was using a floating bait, I believe an XRap, about 3 inches long. I was throwing fish traps and didn't get a hit. Finally I put on a Strike King, shallow runner, and on the second cast I hooked one, played with it for a while but lost it. Then he got another small one . Now it was a little after 10:00pm. I threw my lure out and I heard a big splash and my rod loaded up. After about 5 minutes, I landed a nice 12 lb 8 oz Striper. I had a few more hits and he landed a Spot and it was almost mid-night so we headed home. The fish he caught were very fat and had a head like a hybrid. Actually I am not sure they were not hybrids but their lines seemed to be solid, not broken. Had a good time but it was a long night.

February 9 - What a beautiful day and I was on the lake trying to get some stripers. Fished Flat Creek but didn't get one Striper to take my offering. I did on the other hand get two hits on Fish Traps and landed one Spotted Bass on a Mann's Stretch 15 that was about a pound and a half. Nothing to be proud of but I have a friend that is challenging the fact that there are so many Spots in this lake. It seems that you can always get a Spot but Stripers have been another story. When I figure the Stripers out, you surely will see pictures of them as well.


January 30 - This is the first posting for 2009. I finally got out on the water and had a great day. I launched at Sardis at about 10:30am and went north, up the Chattahoochee River. Didn't see much on the fish finder but when I got just below Thompson Bridge, I watched the rod load up and I got a small striper, about 4 pounds. I continue trolling up the Chattahoochee arm and got two other hits but nothing stuck. I was using a Mann's 15 Stretch on the rod that got the hits and a Fish Trap on the other rod. The Fish Trap didn't get a hit. the weather was COOOOOOL, but the sun was out and it was very pleasant. Still looking forward to getting one of those BIG Stripers. Guess they will start their annual migration up the rivers soon and then the big ones will show.