Over all the fishing as been very good. The last couple days seem to be a little off last weeks catches due to a little cooler water temps but not by much... that wont last long. It is time to put some good numbers of fish in the boat. Last weeks water temps were in the 70's, the last couple days it has been 65-67. Striper/Hybrid have been shallow early. Matter of fact I've been able to put a quick 10-20 fish in the boat before daylight... Captains suggestion is to start early... 5 a.m. or earlier. I like to meet 4-4:30 if I can get my groups there. Its been making some great days even though we are all are missing out on some sleep... Trust me its worth it! But even after day light were catching some good fish. Crappie backed off the banks, but are not far. Try 10 foot near timber and in the backs of creeks. Minnows on a jig seems to be the ticket. I'm open for this Sunday if anyone's thinking about fishing!
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Jocassee Water Temp: 58-60. I'm Catching a mixed bag right now up at Jocassee. Rainbows, Browns and a few bass to mix it up. I'm finding most of my fish from the surface down 55 feet. Spoons, apex and Live bait all are catching
Lake Hartwell has really turned on. This last weekends little cool snap slowed them a tad, but today it is close to 80 and it should warm the water right back. I Hammerd the Crappie on Sat. along with catching a handfull of Hybrids to boot. Most of the Slabs Came off Brush along the shore but I did slow troll a pile of them in 5-12 foot of water in the backs of Creeks on small jigs. All last week the water temp was up to 70. This morning it was 65-67. I would like to see it in the 70's. The Bank Bite has kicked into gear. I love my sleep, but to have the best odds at big numbers of Striper and Hybrid, I would have to say we should get started by 5 am if not earlier. Once the sun comes up the fish kinda scatter a bit. Still catchable but the pace has to be slowed. All last week I caught fish throughout the whole day. The Earlier or the later in the day the better. One Highlight of last weeks fishing was close to a 20 lb Striper on my 8 pound rod and a #4 Gold Aberdeen hook. That fish even got my on my toes. I think everyone on the whole boat was shaking. I had to turn on my big engine and chase the fish at 6 mph to catch up the 150 yards of line it tore off. Matter of fact I had to fire up the big boats engine 3 times last week on big fish... Catching all 3. All were 14 lbs and bigger!
Water temp has been recorded up to 70 degrees in the Afternoon. 65 has been the morning temp all week. Well the Striper Bight is starting to pick up. It is early.... I'm talking about get on the water well before sunrise to be the the most sucessfull. The Hybrid run has started and cut bait bite has begun as well. Everything is biting. As long as week keep the weather we are having now, it will continue to be very good fishing! It should be off the hook the next couple months.
The last couple days have realy put the crappie into spawn mode. Guys/Grirls Its time to hit the backs and fish for those crappie. Try fishing around fallen timber, bridges, and Docks. Water is a little low right now, so any timber that is in 3-8 ft of water should have crappie on them. Minnows and a cork is all you nead. Good luck
Fishing has been good. I caught a little of everything over the weekend.
Friday it was a handfull of Stripers and Bass along with a couple very nice Blue
Cats close to the 20 lb range. I have been pulling up on a few banks cutbaiting
and mixing it up by trolling freelines. Both are producing. The crappie are
starting to fire up with these warm days. Well It has been very good, but it
close too spawn now. I even caught a few fish very shallow. 8 ft of water!
Over all the best was 15-20 foot of water over brush both on small jigs and
minnows. Matter of fact we were even able to slow troll the crappie near timber
in 15 ft of water. Most of the water is 54-55 in the morning, but I did see 62
Sunday afternoon. 65 is a target temp to look for on spawning crappie as well
as a lot of other fish.
Water temp 54-57. Saturday after the rain was a very good day to fish. It was
cloudy all morning with a touch of wind. We caught a good combination of Bass,
and white perch. All fishing in the same areas. Big fish of the day was around
a 7-8 lb striper. We did get pulled around by a fish that
was much bigger before it hit the trees and broke us off. Over all the best
bites we had came off free lines or small crappie minnows. It is amazing that as
large as the hybrid and striper get, they will still pile on a little
crappie minnow. It is sure a fun way to fish, but when that big Elephant grabs
that little peanut it is hard to get him to the boat if there are trees around
submerged in the water. Sunday was a different story... Windy and 10 degrees
colder. We actually had really good fishing until about 10:30 when the wind hit
20 plus. We caught a hand full of Hybrids early on downrods in 30 ft of water and got into a little
pocket of Bass. They were biting us just about as fast as you could get a bait
down to them. They would have continued to bite but the wind just made it too
difficult to fish. Most were 2.5 to 3.5 pound spotted bass with a few good Largemouth in the mix
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Capt. Steve is a Registered US Coast Guard Capt. Being 32 years old, Capt Steve has made a living fishing for over 12 years. Capt. Steve has logged many hours on the US and International waters fishing for Salmon in the rivers of Alaska down to the Florida Keys after Sailfish and over to the Bahamas Blue Marlin fishing.