Monday, October 22, 2007

Sept. 07 Lake Lanier

Stripers: This summer the weather has been extremely hot and the striper fishing has been the same. This has been the best summer for numbers in six or seven years. Look for the summer downline fishing to continue to be strong until the middle of September. Once the fall weather begins to arrive in late September look for the fishing to be a little more unpredictable. For the most part, the days before fronts will be good and the days after fronts will be more difficult. Some of the best fishing days of my life have been in early October and some of my worst have been in early October. I am hoping for a better than normal topwater bite this October for several reasons. Fishing has been better than normal all year due to a great year class of fish in the 8 to 10lb range, which is also the size to most likely to school on top. Also, we have had a hotter than normal summer so maybe fall will come early. Same as the last two months, the fish are grouped up into very large schools. The better fishing will continue to be on the south end of the lake mostly in sight of the dam. Do not put out bait until you see some fish on the graph. This time of year good electronics are crucial. Any of the Lowrance products are a great. Be sure to turn off the Fish I.D. on your graph. For the most part, the fish will be 30 to 40 feet deep over 60 to 100 feet of water. Some of the better fish will be as deep as 100 feet. If using live bait, drop your bait just above the schools of fish. Use a 7ft leader of 15lb Sunline fluorocarbon and a 2/0 Mustad octopus hook. Tie the 15lb leader under a 2 oz. swivel sinker. If trolling, use the 27lb. lead core. Overall, the trolling bite has been fair so far this year. Lead core is a color coated weighted line used to get a lure to a deeper depth. Use a 2oz. white chipmonk jig tipped with a 6 inch chartreuse trailer or a live herring. Tipping the jigs with live herring has been the best day in and day out. Pulling white swimbaits and 600 Series Cisco Kids have been producing some bigger fish as well. Put the jig out 8 to 9 colors and troll at 2.5 to 3 mph. In September you usually have to go 9 colors to get the bait deep enough. Lastly, with the high water temperature remember to get the fish back in the water as soon as possible. The hot surface water holds very little oxygen. Drop the fish head first into the water. If the fish is out of the water for more than 30 seconds it will most likely die.