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Old 07-08-2012, 06:33 PM
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Default Found stripers, could not get them to bite.

I was recently on a trip fishing for smallmouth on this small clear water stream. We have launch our boat on a much muddier faster moving river and motor up here. As we are paddling our canoe we come across like 30-40 stripers with many of them being 15+ pounds. The water temp of the stream was 80degrees, and it was 88degrees just 300feet down river where it flows into the bigger river.

My fishing buddy (step dad) went to this same spot with my uncle a week earlier and they did not see any stripers. It had rained for the first time here in a few weeks briefly the night before we were fishing.

We threw flies and lures at these guys but they would not eat. I was wondering how come this was? The stream is only about 30-40feet across at the most and the water possibly got about 6-9feet deep. slow moving water.

I would just like some advice on what we could have done wrong? were they pretty much spooked by us so they were refusing to eat but since the stream they were in was so small they just didn't have anywhere to go?

I would really like to know because we accidentally stumbled upon this great spot on where access comes from some private land. And there were many stripers down there 2x bigger than any I had ever seen before.

Thanks!
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:39 AM
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Default Re: Found stripers, could not get them to bite.

Welcome to the forum! I think some research would be in order to find out what it is that they primarily feed on in those waters so that you can match it as closely as possible. Sometimes the bass will be keyed in on a certain forage item and will ignore anything else.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:39 PM
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I have seen instances where these fish were eating so well that they spawned late upriver. If you are in new england or canada it may be possible that was occurring. I however am not a marine biologist and doubt that this is the case but where by chance are you from?



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Old 07-11-2012, 09:48 PM
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Default Re: Found stripers, could not get them to bite.

this is in tennessee so the weather has been 90+ for the past few months.

it rained lightly the night before for the first time in 3ish weeks. not sure if that is why they were up there or not. but there were some big fish in there and a massive school of fish between 8-12inches
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:12 AM
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For what it's worth. Tell me the exact date/time you saw fish and date/time it rained. And town you are in.



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Old 08-15-2012, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: Found stripers, could not get them to bite.

And then Zimno1 will be on the next flight
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:53 PM
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can't say for sure i wouldn't give it a go if i were wealthy enough to do such a thing.



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Old 10-03-2012, 06:32 PM
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Default Re: Found stripers, could not get them to bite.

I am new to striper fishing but after read the post and replies I was wondering, how do you find out what the primary feed in the waters you fish?
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:44 AM
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:01 PM
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Default Re: Found stripers, could not get them to bite.

I want to say thanks for the info there is a lot of great tips and important info for me as a beginner. I have not be aa member of spriper 247 long but from what I see and read it is a great site with a lot of experienced members.

I got a kick from the penquins.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:53 PM
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CRPN3, if you could see them, they probably saw you and were weary. They're easy to alarm is small streams. Threadfin and Gizzard Shad are usually their food of choice, especially if the river you were on runs into a lake or is fed by one.

If you're throwing flies at them, you need to find the peak feeding times (usually first light) and use an intermediate or sinking line to get the flies down to their feeding zone. If you see them, back off and let them settle down for about 30 min and before trying again. If there are plenty of other people on this stream, then the stripers will be wise.

You can sometimed catch them in the middle of the day, but live baits work better then.
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they are playful when spooked. they will chase a fly and not commit. i get them to within four feet and look at me and i go BOO! and they scatter only to follow the fly back to me and still let me scare them. schoolies in the 8-10 inch range are a pissah.



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Default Re: Found stripers, could not get them to bite.

Waldo got the blue ribbon answer there.
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