Launched boat around 11:30am Upper blackwater Water temp 61-63 Water was 1-2’ visibility, cloudy
Had no problem finding fish today but all was small. Didn’t catch anything over 10”. Probably put 50-60 in the boat. Lost count around 40 and caught many more after that.
All fish came from 6-7’ of water holding under docks and found one school on brush in back of a creek.
Found them all with Panoptics
I have gotten so confident in my electronics, I don’t even make a cast until I see them on my panoptics.Not sure yet if this is good or bad. But I can see a 1/32 ounce jig at 20’ away with it so I feel for sure If I don’t see any fish there isn’t any, lol!!
Caught all on solid white maribu jigs, didn’t try anything else on a count they was hitting it so well. I mean I was literally catching fish every cast, got tired of catching them. Just not sure where the big ones are.
I’ve got the perspective mount but have only used it a couple times. I can see it being very useful for finding subtle brush and structure that holds fish, as well as tracking bait. They recommend it only for water under 20’ deep. I’ve been leaving mine in forward mode. I’m really interested to see if perspective can see some deeper shellcracker beds.
This new software update really improved the usability of the unit too, several good features in it.
Post by ncsportfisher on Apr 20, 2021 19:15:53 GMT -5
Yup, I noticed that as well. When I did the newest update I also got my overlay buttons on the screen, that’s been very helpful. I saw a larger fish (I assume a gar) while I was at bigs island. You can literally see it’s tail going back and forth while swimming.
I like jointed thunder sticks, black prism bombers (Long A), belly weighted magnum flukes, and 4-6”paddle tails belly weighted or on light jig heads.
In my opinion, the F18 does not have enough attention grabbing action for times when the bait is thick and the action is popping. On very quiet and dead calm nights, it is ok.
I have found that sub surface baits can be equally or more effective than top waters, especially in the form of large paddle tails and rattling jerk baits. Stripers spend ALOT of time eating sub surface during the ale spawn.
I have some large, ribbed body creature baits with big flat beaver tails that I plan to try this year on weighted belly hooks. These are black color, and displace a lot of water which should be a good combo for helping stripers find it at night. And on a belly hook, they kinda flutter down like a stunned bait or one that is spawning.
Post by herringbone on Apr 21, 2021 19:30:54 GMT -5
Again, sorry for adding on to a thread not intended for this convo. But, I’ve fell in love with the Berkeley Choppo, you guys think this would be an option? Makes lots of noise and splashes a lot of water. Another one is a jointed swimbait? Just thoughts.
I don’t have the perspective mount so have not tried it. I have watched some videos on it and don’t see where I would use it that much. I’m hooked on the forward view though, and will probably use the downward view come Perch time.
I’m not a fan of the F18, never had much luck with it. Now I am a big fan of a jointed long A bomber!! That’s my weapon of choice, followed by broken back Redfin. Also done very well last year with a Berkley Juke.