I’ve been rather quiet for awhile so I figured I would check in. Despite all the craziness, 2020 was a pretty awesome year on the water. Myself and guests were able to put 525 stripers in the boat, all on artificial bait. The help I received from many individuals made this possible. A good fishing network is invaluable. So far the count for 2021 sits at 45 and has hit a temporary snag as I shake the COVID. This year there is a tremendous amount of small fish in the 16-19 inch range out there. I almost cannot not find fish right now. One thing to be careful of right now is not getting overwhelmed by the large amounts of fish one can mark. We’ve all heard “don’t leave fish to find fish”, but you gotta realize when you are socked in in small fish and make a move. Another big change this year is the millions of small threadfins. This has made me have to downsize to 3 to 4 inch baits at times to get a jig bite. One more interesting tidbit of information is the diversity of fish in these threadfins. Large perch have been plentiful as well as some dandy crappie. The real shocker have been all the 2 to 4 pound bass that are hanging deep in these threadfins. Most notably was the 4 pounder I caught 80 feet deep in 116 feet of water. If you see the black and gold fish and ski out there come on over and say hi.