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Old 12-01-2006, 08:42 PM
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Default Catching Winter Hybrid Bass

I've asked everyone I can think to ask and the consensus is; you can't catch a hybrid striped bass during cold water conditions. I know they can be caught in November and in March when the water is warmer, but it appears they cannot be taken when the water temp is below 50 degrees. You can see them but they won't rise to the bait.

That's Indiana. Is it the same in your neck of the woods?
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Old 12-08-2006, 01:53 AM
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Default Re: Catching Stripers Through the Ice

I did read a report somewhere of it happening.

In his book 'Gone fishin for Hybrid Bass' Manny Luftglas wrote that they rest in a dormant state in the winter, as do other warm bodied fish. In a column he wrote for publication in New Jersey, He offered an autographed copy of the book to any fishermen who caught a hybrid through the ice and could prove it. No one did. He goes on to say that some hybrids have been caught through the ice since he wrote the column however.
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:34 PM
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That's interesting. I always like to hear that I'm right, even when I'm not. In this case, however, I find it mysterious that you can take stripers in relatively cold conditions, but you never get a wiper during the winter months. I will be interested to see if the Indiana DNR continues its tracking studies through the winter and what, exactly, they find.
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Old 12-09-2006, 04:39 PM
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That study was what was on my mind too, it'll be very interesting to see what/where and how the wipers act during extreme winter months.
Was on OR this afternoon, no wipers (nuttin actually!) but the sauger were starting to bite, I kinda hooked a boat load of guys that pulled right into my cast, about 15 feet in front of me.
I've never cast at anyone on purpose before, kinda ticked me off..... :(
I need to watch that, coulda turned into a tag team butt kick'n contest.
Well, load up the Grandkids and go see Christmas lights tonight! :)
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:39 PM
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Doesn't seem to matter where you go, there often seems to be a boatload of guys around. I don't think that happens if you are fishing for crappie or lmb, but there is an unmistakable lure about the big fish. Folks take a notion that you're onto something, all the sudden you have a lot of friends. About all you can do is ignore them and try hard not to act like them next time you're on the water. Take care. Hope you had fun with the grandkids. I'm still waiting for that to happen. Have a son and daughter-in-law in their late twenties and nothing so far. They keep this up and I'll be too old to take the little buggers fishing.
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:24 PM
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It's just a little fuzzy, but here's three keepers:

And, Don't tell her I posted this, but my wife Kathy, taking her own picture trying to take ours at the outside Christmas display! :)
Got to Love her!
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:09 PM
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looks like you got yourself some fine, future fishin' buddies, Jeff !!
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:17 PM
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Yeah, I can't wait, what a thrill to see Malachi with a whoppah stripah on the hook!
I did some fishing with my Daughter Melissa and Son Kyle when they were younger, Kyle managed to hand grab a big carp that snapped his line while we were fishing for smallies, we chased this carp all over a little pool in the river, he finally just reached out and grabbed the line, I have a picture somewhere, he was in hog heaven!
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:18 PM
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A fine looking brood, Jeff. Was that a new camera your wife is working with? Don't you love that kind of picture? I borrowed my wife digital camera the other day and thr first three photos I took were of the steering wheel in my truck, the floorboard, and the empty seat beside mine. Then I got the hang of it. I may have gone to the same photo school your wife attended.
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:48 PM
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great lookin crew. definately gonna be fishin fanatics for sure i can tell. here is a pic i took at night of striperjim while we were fishing 25 degree 30+mph wind gusts for some bass at our favorite spot. talk about windburn. i just got the hang of mine as well
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:03 AM
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Hey Zim, that's a whoppah boot he's unhooking there!
The look on Jim's face is "use the red eye function, ya killin me!" :)
My wife is just tech challenged, Candace and I were watching her face on the screen as she took her own pic, it was a hoot, and the expression on her face says it all ;)
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