School is out, the weather is hot, and the striped bass have been on the bite. June has brought a red hot striped and hybrid bass bite. For any reason the white bass we've been on all spring have been almost non existent which has paved the path to an excellent bite on BIG Striped and hybrid bass. Although everyday is different we have been consistently limiting out almost every trip. We have been starting our trips early a little after 6am. Due to the fact that the bite has been the best early along with us getting off the water early before the weather is too hot. We have been catching some very large fish and almost none below 18 inches which is the legal length limit to retain a striper or hybrid. We've been catching these fish on a variety of methods including live bait, topwater, and some trolling. Live gizzard Shad have been the bait of choice either on a Carolina rig or flyline. Flyline baits have been working very well when the fish are in the upper water colum or just plain being picky. The water on the lower end of the lake is extremely clear which is why we have been downsizing our tackle. I've been fishing light fluorocarbon down to 12lb test to get bites sometimes. The days when they have been picky this is getting us a lot more bites and more fish in the boat. Deploying these different techniques in different scenarios on the fly is the difference between catching fish and not catching. This bite is going to continue all summer long and if you want the opportunity to catch some of these hard fighting drag pulling hybrid and striped bass contact me for more questions and to book a trip. Here are some pictures of the recent success we've been having.
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