Fall Striper Strategies

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Posted by Fisholishous on October 19, 2017 at 12:46:41:

With the Indian Summer coming to an end, reservoir temperatures are finally starting to decrease. Yesterday surface temperatures in the backs of some of the major creeks were already down to 72-74 deg F, and evidence of the lake turnover was everywhere (foam, brown water, stank). Hopefully with continued cooler weather and maybe some rain, it won’t be too long before the stripers and hybrids start heading into the creeks to put on the feed bags. Fall and early winter are some of my favorite times to fish with freelines and planer boards. The scenery is beautiful, lake boat traffic is usually down, and the striper fishing can be very good. And I have already noticed that several area bait shops have gizzard shad in stock in anticipation!

If you are new to freshwater striper fishing, or maybe have a buddy getting into the sport, you may find “Fishing For Reservoir Stripers, A How-To Handbook” helpful.

The handbook contains detailed chapters on:

Understanding Your Fishery
Rigging the Boat
Using your SONAR and GPS unit
Keeping a Fishing Log
Reading a Topo Map for Key Lake Features
Necessary Tackle
Catching and Keeping Bait
Seasonal Movements
Weather Patterns
Downline Techniques
Topline Techniques (Freelines, Planer Boards, Balloons)
Cut Bait Methods
Artificial Presentations (Including Trolling and Umbrella Rigs)
Cleaning Your Striper
… and much more.

The handbook also contains over 100 color photos and illustrations. Fish identification illustrations were provided by celebrated wildlife artist and former Wildlife in NC editor Mr. Duane Raver. There is also a bonus chapter on Longlining for Crappie, which as you will see, is very similar to freelining for stripers. Longlining for crappie is especially effective Feb-April on our area lakes.

The handbook is 5.5”x8.5”, and is designed to easily fit in a tackle box or onboard storage area for quick reference.

For more information, visit the link below at www.ReservoirStripers.com, or check us out on Facebook at Fishing For Reservoir Stripers.

Secure web purchasing is provided through PayPal. Questions can be directed by email to fisholishous@reservoirstripers.com. Local copies are also available for sale at several Lake Hartwell and Lake Murray area retailers.

Remember, stripers under 10 lbs make the best table fare. Release fish >10 lbs to grow into the 20, 30 and 40+ lb trophies we are all after.

And do us all a favor, Take A Kid Fishing!

Tight Lines!

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