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Learning a New Method of Catching

Learning a New Method of Catching

Gordon Auduong is a light tackle angler who wanted to learn another method of catching striped bass and other saltwater species.We had light tackle and fly-fishing equipment aboard my boat and Gordon wanted a lesson on how to fly-fish to see if it would suit him. 
 
Gordon was a fast learner.  His rod bent completely under the boat before he landed this 22” striper. This is an exciting fish to catch when fly-fishing the salt.
 
Nice Striper on the Salt 

 
MOST PRODUCTIVE METHOD: Move the Fly with Short & Swift Strips - Cast the fly and count it down to the desired depth. With 350 grain sinking line and a 9w fly rod with a weighted fly, it will sink one-foot per second. Keep the fly in line with of just above the target (fish). 
 
Start stripping the fly swiftly, with the rod tip just above the water, pointing directly at the fly, in two-foot increments. Do this until the fly is back at the boat. 
 
NOTE: During the drift, since there is current, keep the rod tip just above the water and move it horizontally to keep it pointed directly at the fly. This keeps all the slack out of the fly-line needed for a good hook set.
 
MOST PRODUCTIVE FLY:
Orvis, Clouser Fly, Yellow, Size 2 hook
 

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Spending Quality Time

I met Don Arthur and Andrew his grandson visiting from Texas, at Sandy Point on Monday. We cruised to the Western Rockpile to find it too crowded to fish so we headed south. It didn't take long before we sighted a few flocks of birds blitzing the water. It turned out to be a fun day for all. Click on any picture to enlarge.
 

Andrew and Don with the 1st Double


Andrew Landed a Nice Striper


NOT US Coast Guard Approved


On Tuesday afternoon Don took Andrew to the airport to fly home and picked up his brother Bradley.

Wednesday morning Don and Bradley met me at Sandy Point State Park at 7am. We didn't try to fish the Bridge as we moved south on the Western Shore looking for birds. They finally showed up and the catching started.

Don and grandson Bradley

More stripers were caught today than on Monday, but all were released while in the water. Two years ago this pair of anglers caught 47 stripers, many keeper size with the majority on topwater, using Heddon Saltwater Series Super Spook XT lures. Good luck Bradley in your freshman year at Texas Tech University.

MOST PRODUCTIVE LURE (both trips): Berkley, Gulp Alive Jerk Shad, 5", in Pearl White
fished on a BKD Lure - 1/2 ounce, White/Red Eyes Jigheads. NOTE: These jigheads have 2 keepers that are excellent for keeping Berkley Gulp Alive lures on for many fish.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TECHNIQUE:
Jig-Jig, Crank-Crank
This is a 2-step technique where you jig the bottom then move the lure off the bottom and up through the water columns in a jigging motion. It’s highly productive on striped bass that are on the bottom, or when suspended. Accomplish this technique by snapping the wrist rather than moving the rod, using just the arm.
 
NOTE: The boat will be drifting down current with the motor off only if you are not in a dangerous location (like the Bay Bridge).
 
1st Step-Jigging the Bottom
From the up current side of the boat, cast the lure out, put the rod at 9 o’clock and let the lure hit the bottom. Swiftly snap the rod to the 10 o’clock position lifting the lure off the bottom swiftly. When the line starts to descend again move the rod tip downward in sync with the line until the lure hits the bottom again. Do this 3 times.
 
2nd Step-Jigging the Water Columns
The lure is still in the water after completing the 1st Step and on the bottom. Swiftly jig the lure twice (Jig-Jig) then reel handle twice (Crank-Crank). Do this until you get a hook-up or the lure is back to the boat.
 

I set this Garmin FF/CP up last week (click to enlarge)

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Plenty of Stripers Now in the Bay

The Chesapeake Bay has been very productive lately to anglers who fly or light tackle fish. I met Brad and Jon at Sandy Point State Park. We stopped at where the swiftest current was moving throughout the day. Click on any picture to enlarge.
 
Brad Deardorff with a Nice Striper
 
 
Jon Norsworthy with another Nice Striper

Both stripers were caught on a Clouser, 3", weighted fly in yellow/white and white/red neck. Fished on 9w, with 350 grain sinking fly line.

Technique
Moving the Fly with Short & Swift Strips - Cast the fly and count down to the desired depth. With 350 grain sinking line and a 9w rod with a weighted fly, it will sink one-foot per second. Keep the fly in line with of just above your target.  
 
Start stripping the fly swiftly, with the rod tip just above the water, pointing directly at the fly, in two-foot increments. Do this until the fly is back at the boat. 
 
NOTE: During the drift, since there is current, keep the rod tip just above the water and move it horizontally to keep it pointed directly at the fly. This keeps all the slack out of the fly-line needed for a good hook set.

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