Winter Striper Fishing

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Posted by Fisholishous on December 01, 2020 at 14:05:38:

It won’t be too long before the stripers and hybrids are well into the creeks and have put on the feed bags. Fall and early winter are some of the best times to fish with freelines, balloons 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. Consider giving one for a Christmas gift…

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, or check us out on Facebook at Fishing For Reservoir Stripers.

Secure web purchasing is provided through PayPal. Local copies are also available for sale at several Lake Hartwell and Lake Murray area retailers.

Fishing on Hartwell is challenged these days due to the recent fish kills, but Lake Russell and Clarks Hill striper populations seem to be in better shape.

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!

Merry Christmas and Tight Lines!

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