New competition to limit summer striper harvest Dec 13, 2019 13:52:34 GMT
Post by Ghost Comanche©® on Dec 13, 2019 13:52:34 GMT
New competition to limit summer striper harvest
by The Franklin News - Post / Jul 3, 2018
The Smith Mountain Striper Club is asking anglers to refrain from catching and releasing striped bass during the summer. The club recently announced a new competition to motivate anglers to catch their daily two-striper limit and move on to another fish.
The first annual Perch Jerk competition that began June 1 encourages anglers to switch to fishing white perch for a chance to attend an end-of-tournament fish fry and an opportunity to win one of 10 $100 cash prizes.
Mike Ward, Smith Mountain Striper Club president, said that when the lake’s surface water temperature reaches more than 80 degrees, stripers caught and released back into the lake are more likely to die. The physical exertion a fish goes through when it is hooked, along with the high temperature of the water, makes its recovery difficult.
Each year, stripers are stocked in Smith Mountain Lake and do not reproduce naturally. Ward said sticking to a two-striper limit, and not practicing catch and release during the summer, assures that a larger number of stripers will survive, which can increase the population to make the sport more enjoyable in the future.
"We are using the competition as a supporting effort to this movement," Ward said.
Ward said there is no daily limit to catching white perch. When using light tackle, white perch can put up a fun fight. Perch can be caught on small jigs, simple "fish finder" rigs tipped with live earthworms, cut alewife or shad fished on the bottom, among other techniques. As these fish often swim in large schools, it is not uncommon to catch many of these in an outing, he said.
Anglers can contact a member of the Smith Mountain Striper Club to drop off their catches of perch.
For every 10 perch turned in, anglers will receive one entry into the drawing for the cash prizes.
The competition runs through Sept. 15 when the club will hold its white perch fish fry with all the fish that are caught.
The event also is when a winner of the competition will be announced. All participants will be invited to the fish fry.
For a complete list of details, visit www.smithmountainstriperclub.com.