Fishing is Hot! The fishing has been great all week. The Stripers and Hybrids have been Schooling on the Surface. The bad news is that I lost my Lower unit on my Boat, but the Good news is my Buddys have lent me there boats to say in the Action! Water temp is around 78. The overcast days have been the best schooling action. Look for birds dipping on the water or big areas of splashes! :) Puppy Zara Spooks have worked the best for me, but a fluke will also work. Once the fish go down, I am finding them around 50-60 feet down and catching them on downrods.
Well everyone, it is back to some cool weather again. Were still catching on both Lakes right now. Jocassee is still producing a Handfull of Good trout. They are deep, but still in the reach of my Downriggers! I'm catching most of my Trout 80-100 feet. One day I will catch all my fish on Live minnows, the next it will be mixed up between Live Bait and Spoons. As for the Striper and Hybrid on Lake Hartwell: Well, they are starting to school on the surface here and there which has been exciting! It hasn't been an every day ocurace yet, but your odds are getting better with every cool night that we have had. Flukes, Sammys, Roostertail, Zara Spooks will all work when the fish are on the surface. The down rod bit has been good too. It takes a little while to locate the school every day, but when you do, it can be some fast action. Look forward to fishing hard the next few months before it
Water Temp: 85 degrees. Over all, all of last week was good fishing, at least all but one day. I was able to find some good schools of Striper/Hybrids in deep water that we were able to pick away a day of good fishing. Now we got hit with the fringe of a Tropical storm on Sunday that Nocked the fish in the head for a Day. Sometimes a Storm front will make the fish bite, but others will make the fish run and hide somewhere in all the trees that litter the Lake. Most of the fish that I have been finding have been in 65-120 feet of water in the main lake and if seems that the majority of the fish are suspended in 50 +/- feet of water. It is a numbers game this time of year. This little cool snap will get some of these fish to school, you watch! Tight lines!
Capt. Steve Pietrykowski