Friday, August 17, 2007

Lake Lanier Aug. 07

The summer downline fishing for the stripers is here. The fish are grouped up into very large schools. Some of these schools will have several hundred fish in them. The better fishing will be on the south end of the lake. Do not put out bait until you see some fish on the graph. You cannot sit and wait on the fish for any period of time or your bait will not be any good. This time of year good electronics is crucial. Any of the products made by Lowrance are hard to beat. For the most part, the fish will be 30 to 40 feet deep over 60 to 100 feet of water. Drop your bait just above the schools of fish. Use a 7ft leader of 15lb Triplefish fluorocarbon and a 2/0 Mustad octopus hook. Tie the 15lb leader under a 1 1/2oz. swivel sinker. Live herring will be the preferred bait during the summer months. For the most part, stripers will feed exclusively on herring during the summer months. Be sure to take plenty of bait. The herring will not stay alive very long on the hook due to the high water temps