This first picture is when I first found the fish. As you can see they were bunched up when I first found them. As the picture of the fish finder moved from right to left you can see that the school of fish moved to the bottom then when I stopped the boat that fish began to come up off the bottom and look up. This is an example to what I call movement.
This is the picture that every Striper fisherman wants to see under the boat. This is what I say Spaghetti Noodles!
When I got done fishing that school of fish I drove for 200 yards and this is what was on my screen. This is what you can say a Mega School!
I just wanted to Share what a Mega School of Stripers looks like. Now I found these fish in 64 foot of water on what I call Clean bottom. Boy do you get a good feeling when you find a school like this!
Lake Jocassee fishing Report: Water temp 75-77 in the morning warming up to low 80's in the afternoon. I spent a good part of last week on Lake Jocassee. Over all I found some good fishing to be had. I focus on the trout in the lake. Right now I'm fishing in the range of 60-100 feet with most of my success in the 80 foot range. I... usually mix up between live bait and spoons/apex this time of year. Over all the last two days I caught all my fish on Live Shiners,or what I say Organic Jumping Pond Minnows. Little story with that is that I was feeding the catfish in the pond this Spring out of my Girl friends fathers Pond when I noticed that there were minnows that came up to feed on the catfish pellets. I went and got a Minnow seine and netted a few. They range in size from a 6 inches to 1 inch crappie minnows. No more buying the Large shiners for me at $6.50 a dozen. A find like that is like Gold! Little tip: troll slow with the live bait!
Fished lake Russell a little bit this week. What an interesting lake! Where else can you find 53 degree water in July! Monday the 4th of July was a little bit of a Scouting missing for my Charter on Tuesday. We started out fishing in the morning and found 83 degree water. I headed down toward the main lake just looking for something interesting to fish for. We didn't find too much other that some Channel catfish biting some "stink Bait." But there was too many places to look in a short time. This lake is loaded with Crappie, Bream, Bass and has some Monster Stripers. This lake is just a fishy looking lake. As the day advanced we worked back up toward the dam to look for the cooler water. At 12:45 the Army Corps started to Generate power meaning that a rush of cool water pushed the warm water down stream. With that moving water it was like a dinner bell for the Large mouth. In a half hour we caught 3 bass that were pushing 4 lbs. Two of them on the scale were 4.5 lbs! Here the water went from 83 down to 53 degrees! Holy cow that was a big change. That always just surprises me what I see that big of Change. My Tuesday Charter was in Pursuit of a Trophy Striper. Something 20lbs or larger. We manged 3 bites and caught 1 out of the 3. The fish weighted around 22 lbs. It was a great day. Mission accomplished! I would have liked to see that other two fish that bit. I'm sure that they were bruisers too.