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I took a day trip down to Eastern Neck Island yesterday, thought the stripers might be in but not a touch all day except for 2 dinks. Tried all my usual spots but nothing. I know I've had more success in October and November so should I just wait for the water temps to drop, when would you usually expect them to come in more to the river? Wind was blowing steadily all day and made kayaking tough - I've got a motor for this kayak that I didn't bring, next time. I did get a few nice pics of some snowy egrets that made the trip worthwhile. I come down from SE Pa. Hi to Andy Pat...
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Hi Fishinmusician1 Good to see you showed up again. Beautiful pictures. Looking forward to your Oct. Nov. fishing reports in my one time home river. I hope you do as well as you always did in Oct. Nov. Then pictures are really nice. Thanks! PS. I don't make fishing reports on this site anymore. But I will be reading yours and all others.
Thanks Andy, looks like the water is still too warm. Look forward to get down there again when things change. Tight lines to you!
 

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When the white tail and sika start rutin heavy the fish in the rivers feed up halloween to mid November for me. I hunt the morning fish the mid day and hunt the evening or hunt all day and wish I was fishing .😂
That sounds about right and what I remember. I didn't get down last year and jumped the gun this year. Good luck with the hunting and fishing. :)
 

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I'm having good luck with top-water in the Ptap. What lures are you using, or are you trolling?

Mike
I'll have to pick up a topwater plug. I use mostly bucktails with long twister tails and some minnow plugs like the husky jerk. Next time I'll have my motor (electric) on my kayak so I will be able to troll.
 

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Last October I was out in the Little Choptank and the wind was howling on our kayaks I sent M back to the harbor and I told her that I was gonna drift back through a school of breaking fish. I felt like I had run a damn marathon by the time I got back. Never did get a bite.
That reminds me of this past Sunday. I paddled out to my first spot and tried without any luck, I noticed the wind was really picking up. Paddled up a little further, cast out from the bank and caught 2 dink stripers two casts in a row. I thought it might be a good sign but the rest of the day was dead. After catching the dinks I paddled across the river to a far off point I've had luck with before. Nothing. I did see some birds diving further out on the Bayside and paddled towards them, but the more I paddled the further away they got and paddling against the wind and the waves, I decided no more. Came back the other way, at this point the wind was blowing me further out and I let it go too long. The long paddle back was against the wind and what seemed like the tide, endless drudgery. I wanted to stay longer but at that point I could see it was a waste of time with that damn wind. I did get those pictures so that made it worthwhile since I've been doing a lot of bird photos when I'm not fishing. I have a motor which will get me around just fine when the time is right, I'll be back.
 

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Paddling in a head wind is 2 strokes forward and one stroke backwards with the wind pushing you back. I always check the wind and tide direction before I go .If you're going against those 2 going out, comng back is alot easier after you've been paddling a while and are getting tired if the tide and wind don't change and you can ride with them back in
I have to figure it different, but next time I'll have my motor (it's a Bixpy if you want to look it up). I launched at Bogle's Wharf a few years back and came all the way up around to the bridge and back and still had good power on the way in.
 

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Back in the Creek the rockfish have been bustin on the bunker. No birds around because there are so many schools of baitfish all over the Ptap.

Mike
There's some good news. :)
I chased those bastards for 2 miles and got Jack Schitt for all that effort.
Tough when you're in a kayak, hopefully next time the motor will make a difference. By the way I was checking for this thread a few minutes ago and it seemed like it disappeared. Hope I'll see it again. :oops:
 

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FYI, Hogy Lures was having a sale on many of their lures, including poppers. They have some 3/4 oz, 4" size for $8, and they're a darn good lure, built better than the Stillwater Smack-its since they're through wired and have stouter split rings & better hooks too. They had the bigger 5" sizes on sale also.

They also had some of their sliders on sale too.

For pricing now on lures, that's not bad for a well built Striper lure.

I bought several of the different sizes & colors, and am looking forward to using them here on the lake for both the Stripers & some LM bass. Our waters are still very warm, and right now low too. SC does a good job with closing the season here on Santee Cooper for the Stripers when the waters are warm. Our season starts in the fall, Oct 1 to June 15.
I'm looking at ordering a topwater online called the Mojo Macky, it's made by Thundermist Lures and they're based in Canada. Good products, mostly freshwater stuff but I've had great luck in lakes with their jigging spoons. Looks like a great lure, 5" long, and from their videos it looks like it does the job well.
 
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