Striper Help Please ????
Fished Monday and it was really slow. We only had 6 fish and most were schoolers.
I have a good friend coming in from Ohio to fish Wednesday only, but I am concerned it will be really slow again Wednesday. I am not that familiar with eeling yet and haven't figured out how to fish the tubes. So any and all suggestions would be helpful????
PS If someone qualified would like to show us how it is done tomorrow they can join us on my boat at no charge. Just might need any special tackle? Planning to fish the concrete ships or Plantation Light area.
Last edited by Kevin Smith; 12-11-2007 at 10:38 AM.
Where are you going to fish?, are you going to fish the pilings.
This is Chris from Chris' Bait and Tackle I can answer any questions you have.
You can call the shop at 757-331-3000 and we will help you the best we can.
I'll be out tomorrow around 8am with friends in town from NC looking to get into some nice fish also, call me on 68, "Gator's Pursuit".
I'm sure there are quite a few different variations out there so here is what works for me. It's simply a 3-4' leader off the main line swivel with a 1-2 oz weight. Usually its an inline weight at the swivle/coastlock but I don't think it really matters. We use ballons tied to the main line which you can move up or down the line depending on how deep you want it to run. Typically I run the eel around 20' down for the area you want to fish. Additional lines are the same but skip the balloon and drop them straight down to the desired depth. I also prefer to hook the eel about a half inch from the end of the tail versus the lip as many others do. I've found the eel takes off for the bottom or structure that way (tail) and wont wrap up in the line anywhere near as much as a lip hooked one will. Good luck.
check out p. light
hit p. light before 830 w/ some eels & bobbers you should end up with something to talk about. good luck!
Call me!!!! 757 407 5812 Lou
Your edit changed the area you were fishing. It was Plantation. Here is a tactic that has never failed on an outgoing tide from the islands. (after a full moon excluded-rockfishing is a blowout then) I anchor over the third or fourth about 2-3 hundred yards out over the spine in 20-25'' of water. That leaves the turbulent water behind the boat dropping rapidly to 40 or so. We don't do squat. Put stretches on, send them back to where the rockfish are waiting for disoriented baitfish to wash past and set them in the rod holders. back off on the drag some or god knows how, but they hit and come loose. Toss some storms along the spine and reel them back at a moderate speed as they sweep into the turbulance. Good luck. Caught many FAT 25-30" fish that way sat into sunday when eel fishing was more like cobia fishing. had 4 lost runs for every hookup. But eels did produce the biggest fish. Just slow on eeling. double and triple hookups on aforementioned methods.
How did it work out for you yesterday ?
I hope you got into some
Striper Fishing 12.12.07
The good new is we caught fish. The bad news is we only caught schoolers while trolling.
As you probably already know we did not eel, which was a major mistake. Note to self: Learn How To Eel for Stripers!!!
Thanks to everyone that offered and gave advice to name a few: Chumlord, Playnhooky, Darren, Gator's Pursuit, Finn Addict Mike, Chris' Tackle, etc.. Next time I am going eeling!
PS Gators Pursuit-Thanks for the help on the radio, but we called it a day just after talking to you. Hope you did well!!!
When you are ready Kevin let me know.....I am not the best, but I along with others have been very successful at the technique....Lou's posts show it.... In fact I am eating some grilled striper right now at my desk at work making others VERY envious.....mmmmmmmmmmm