Posted by Mike on February 10, 2004 at 19:57:03:
In Reply to: Salt/Hybrid Stripe (hot weather) posted by Joseph Fristoe on February 10, 2004 at 15:21:54:
We usually get started on the hybrids in May and continue into late October on the lower end of Wheeler (Elk, First and Second creeks). We catch them on/near the river channels in 15-30+ feet of water. In the Spring this sometimes is topwater action, but still in this depth/location. They are chasing schools of shad and they will come to the surface so early and late in the day you can watch the surface for activity (it's obvious when you see them). Pop-R and flukes will do a good job in the surface action, as will a spoon reeled right underneath the surface.
When they are down and chasing shad it's a little harder. You must watch your electronics for 'balls of shad' rather than a level, flat reading of shad on the screen. The flat readings indicate resting shad and thus, no stripers chasing them. When they ball up, the chase is on. casting a shad colored crankbait or grub will catch them if you can get to the correct depth - just about a foot above the ball of shad. We usually jig slab spoons for these suspended stripers because it's so easy. You can catch dozens from a school with a spoon.
Remember, the fish are chasing the shad, so don't think you can sit on a spot. They will constantly move, so you must idle around and use your electronics to 'see' them. I've gotten some awful bad sunburns on all-dayers chasing and catching those stripers, most of which are in the 1-8# range. Not many big boys caught at that time, but occasionally you will drop a spoon on a school in 30' of water and get a strang' stretcher or two. Try it and you will love it. Just stay with the technique and cover water all day.
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