After a long winter the season that didn't seem like it was ever going to end, it then has picked up so fast I just haven’t had a chance to sit down at the computer and type.
April just sort of slide right into May.
Striper fishing this May has been good, the water temps have finally climbed into the high 70’s.
I have caught fish from Bald Ridge Creek all the way up into the Chattahoochee River. This time of the year we have two different patterns on the lake. Pulling planner boards and free lines shallow for the first hour and then switching to down rods deeper over a 40 to 60 foot bottom off deep water points the rest of the day.
The north end of the lake has the best down line bite going on but in the next few weeks it should start to pick up down on the south end as the summer pattern begins to pick up.
I tend to stay further south then most and the thing that has worked the best is covering a lot of water with planner boards and flat lines really early in the morning. I have been fishing mid creek to open water, hitting points and humps and everything in between using Herring. When pulling the herring, I've been trying to cover the water column from the surface to about 20 feet deep. Once the sun comes up late morning the stripers have still been on the same point and humps I pulled flat lines but have moved a little deeper to 30 to 50ft bottom and they are eating a down lined herring pretty well.
I am also keeping some spookes and red fins tied on as early in the morning stripers are still busting bait. Casting at them will produce you an extra fish or two.
Along with these two techniques and casting to them, there is one other method that I have used and it has caught me a few extra fish the last few days is umbrella rigs pulled 80ft behind the boat over the same humps and brush piles.
So it's time to get out there and get fishing. Enjoy!