OK guys I am new to the striper/fishing world and loving every moment that I get to go fishing. Always been a guy that played ball sports, but fishing is my game now. Learning a lot from you guys on here. Great information! Got 1 or many questions to come. First of all I have a 24' fishing pontoon that has two freshwater wells/tanks. Pumps and aerates the tanks straight from the lake. Are these good for live bait tanks? Do I need to prep the tanks in any way for live bait? My dock is within sight of Bettys & Beckys Creek, you guys talk like its good striper grounds. Going out all next week to try my luck for my first time own my own. Been to the bay fishing for them. Anyways, any insight you can throw my way is greatly appreciated. BentRod great information!
Post by CorneliaGale on Jul 19, 2013 20:33:54 GMT -5
Welcome Mike, glad you joined us there is a lot of good information on here and a lot of years spent catching stripers by some of the guys on here. A pontoon is a good boat for the lake, for the bait tanks, are the tanks square or round? If they are square then you will have a problem with shad as they will all get in a corner and die. If they are round or oval then you may be able to use them. Later in the fall or spring you can use a tank that that runs water thru it. Lot of the problems with shad is the scales and poop they do in a tank, that is why the better tanks have filters in them. Go back and read some of the posts on bait tanks on here and you will get a idea of the problems with shad. Bettys and Beckys are a good location to fish for stripers and cats.
CorneliaGale, I have seen the posts about the shad and getting red nosed. Also saw where BentRod puts them in holding tanks to de-scale. Any retro fit ideas for my rectangle takes with small rounded corners? How would Alewives or minnows do in these rectangle tanks? Thanks for the reply.
BentRod, I'll read this several times and get something new each time. You wrote this a few years back and was wondering is there anything that you would change or do different today? I know that you and several others on here have a lot of success at this sport and thank all of you for your input.
I haven't actually read that in a long time - I really "Mwarded" that post-ha! Nothing specifically I would change about it - although my gizzard hooks seem kind of small - I use up to a 9/0 hook on gizzards. Personally, I have just simplified my techniques as I've gotten older to save time and use what I think will be most effective during a specific time of year. For example, I hardly ever fish alewives in the spring or fall anymore - it's not bc they don't work - it's because I'm old and too tired to put in all that work to catch and keep them. I'd rather have gizzards if I had to chose one bait in cool water. I've caught up to 22lb stripers in the spring on alewives and up to 25lb in the fall on alewives, so they work very effectively when fished right - again, I'm just getting old and short on time, so I don't put in the time to keep both baits. If I was guiding, I wouldn't leave the dock without 30 gizzards and 50-60 alewives every trip - we'd cover every opportunity there was to catch fish. Not much that I would change otherwise - few techniques and tricks that I keep a little closer to the vest, but the basics for my approach are pretty much all there.