04-27-2005, 06:13 AM
Tried Fletcher's Tuesday afternoon w/my son on a point just above the boathouse. Wind was whipping around and only caught 7 hickories in 2.5 hours of fishing (spincast). Everything was caught on a sliver Nungesser's spoon. Is it over?
Handyman - Its definitely not over but this will probably be the last good week for hickories at Fletchers. There might be a few good days next week too but it about over and the run will start winding down shortly. Once we got past the big flood several weeks ago, IMHO, this has been a very good year for hickories at Fletchers. Never have I caught so many... but it does pay to be retired.
I assume you fished the S point of Fletchers Island straight out from their dock. I've only fished from that point twice about a year or two ago. I wasn't impressed with the potential for catching hickories there. As I remember, its rather shallow and rocky out fairly far. Thats not typical good hickory haunts. I haven't tried there since, maybe I should. There are several good spots upstream and hipboots will get you to several more good spots. About 1:00, that wind almost blew my off the rocks up at CB. You must have had a difficult time coping with it.
As others have said, "location, location, location" is crucial to hickory fishing. If others are catching and you are not then you gotta change something, and location can frequently be the problem to not catching hickories. Generally, I change location at least 3-4 times while at Fletchers, mostly because I like a change of scenery while catching hickories.
You were using the right lure. Silver spoons have been my goto lure the past few trips to Fletchers. But they do require a fair bit of weight to keep them deep enough.
04-27-2005, 09:31 AM
HJS...didn't see too many others catching either. You're right, I was just north of the boat dock. I've been to Fletcher's 3 times this year, caught around 50 shad so I'm not complaining. May try it again this weekend.