Stripers By The Month Dec 13, 2019 18:14:32 GMT
Post by Ghost Comanche©® on Dec 13, 2019 18:14:32 GMT
Stripers By The Month
by The Shad Taxi Striper Guide Service
What's in The Shad Taxi 's Striper Schedule for the upcoming months?
January - Follow the Birds! Seagulls will move in and take us to the action. The 'gulls follow the feeding stripers and can give you the location. Stripers can be caught on jigs/spoons throughout the day. We'll be freelining big shad and alewives on Planers boards when the birds are not diving.
February - Stripers start getting active and schools form over underwater humps and islands. We like to troll for these and also cast to submerged humps for bigger than average stripers. Still chasing the birds!
March - Planer Board Time! The action starts heating up by pulling bait on Planers for action throughout the day for big stripers getting ready for the spawn. March is historically known for catching big stripers
April - Planer Board action gets hotter. The warming water gets the stripers active and wanting to feed for the soon to be spawn at the dam later in the month. Busting stripers in the morning and evening. In 2005 and 2006, our biggest catches came in April.
May - Cedar Key / Dam Spawn - The stripers used to spawn exclusively in Cedar Keys, but now, the stripers have changed their spawning habits. Now, they go to the dam or Craddock Creek to spawn. This is a favorite time to fish for stripers for alot of clients since the fish are so schooled, that when they come through, all of the rods will get hit! This is the time to catch a fat female striper. Night fishing may be available for catching the big boys.
June - Last year, June was a great month for numbers and size. A variety of techniques can be used in this time of the year with a mixture of live-baiting and light tackle jigging.
July - When the summer heat pushes the stripers deep, different techniques ranging from deep downlines to jiggin' will be implemented. I discovered some new techniques last year that really paid the bills and I'll show ya'.
August - The stripers at Smith Mountain begin schooling deep. Still using deep downlines and jiggin' to catch stripers. We'll be jiggin' these bad boys up on light tackle. Its a blast!
September - Cooling water temperatures begin raising stripers thoughout the water column. In the past years we saw huge surface feedings. Alot of big fish start feeding since they haven't been able to eat during the summer.
October - Stripers turn on their ferocious appetite and begin busting in the morning and evening. During October we'll be chasin' bustin' stripers and pullin' big baits on planers. Possibly the most exciting time of the year to fish Smith Mountain Lake.
November - Stripers begin to blitz the shallows and more surface action occurs. Great time for casting to busting fish. The bigger stripers are feeding more and are caught mostly on live bait.
December - Stripers feeding in the shallows early and late in the day. Late morning we pull live bait on planers and downline on big stripers. We also start jigging up good numbers on light tackle with spoons and jigs.