Once again it has been a while since my last report. I don’t even know where to start with this post other than it has been a crazy June. On Memorial Day the unthinkable happened blowing my motor coming down the lake which is almost the worst thing this time of year as the fishing season was kicking off full blast. And I had a fully booked calendar. Luckily it was covered with a warranty, yet as everyone knows warranty and insurance work isn't the fastest processes getting it fix. I got my boat back just in time to kick off July.
A special thanks to the whole crew at Grass Shack,especially Jon for getting me back on the water and my friend Keith owner of www.waterboysdetail.com for letting me borrow his boat till I got mine back. And a big THANKS, to my customers who understood some juggling their trip and being patient .
Faced a bunch of adversity this year but always kept looking forward to get me through the month of June.
Without further ado here is my July fishing report with the patterns to use and things to look for!!!
As of right now striper fishing from 9 am-6 pm has been outstanding for numbers with some nice size fish being caught. I don’t see this pattern changing rapidly or at all till September. The Fish are holding in big schools early around 8 am mid creek to the mouth of southern creek channels.
As the day moves forward the fish are ending up closer to the main lake parts of the river channel. There are fish swimming around 30ft all the way down at 100ft plus. The live bait bite has been the best way to catch them, “FISH DEEP” Blue back herring on down rods at 55 to 80 feet down over a 90 to 130 foot bottom is the top producer. In order to fish this deep: when you find them you might have to do a few tight circles to find the best place to drop away from high tree tops so you can get your bait down without getting hung up in the trees. When fishing this deep your bait will not live long at all so keep that in mind but I have caught some fishing on bait that I am sure was dead.
On my down-lines I have moved back a 10lb fluorocarbon leader. 10lb fluorocarbon leader will get you more bites but it’s a traded off you are going to lose a few good fish from wear and pressure put on the line pulling these fish up from so deep. Now if you don’t like live bait or run out of bait, Lead-core fishing or fishing with the Ben Parker Spoon have been great ways to catch some extra fish. Fishing with the Ben Parker Spoon is a lot like down line fishing you have to be right over top of a school of fish. Other than that its simple drop the spoon down on a down line rod and reel with 30lb test line all the way to the bottom then just reel up at a steady slow or fast pace till you find a speed the will bite the spoon. To get the lead line down to 30 plus feet where you mark those single to little schools of fish over the creek and river channel I use a 30 to 40 ft 17lb fluorocarbon leader then go out 8 to 9 colors (depending where your marking the most fish, you might have to play with it a little to get it fully dialed in.) on the end I tie on a 1 ½ oz buck tail jig with a 4 inch shad body or tipping your buck tail jig with a live blue back. Trolling with the big motor anywhere from 2.8 to 3.2 mph is a fun way to catch fish and cover some water looking for live bait fish. Hope y’all have a fishy July with tight lines
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