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Old 01-03-2005, 09:59 PM
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i live on kerr/buggs island lake in north carolina. it has the countrys largest self supporting striper population :P . unfortunately i cant figur out what to use tried bucktails and shad. can anyone help me out?
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:25 AM
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I just started lake fishing for stripers myself. I've been fishing Lake anna, just a few hours north of you. If Buggs is anything like where I am, look for the birds, they will give away the baitfish, the stripers are usually close by. I've talked to many local striper fishermen in the past few weeks on the lake trying to figure it out. They all say the same thing. Plastic shad, the same size as the baitfish you're seeing. This time of year I've learned that not even the guides are using live bait. check out if you go to fishing reports then down to the bottom of that page it will give you techniques for winter fishing. It is general enough to work, but they are talking about lake Anna, so keep that in mind. Good luck
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:01 PM
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Get some plastic Storm, Tsunami, or Calcutta Pearl shad about 4". Just cast and retrieve.

5 3/4 FinS with a jig head work well also.

Bucktails can be tricky. First question is did you add a tail or pork rind to the bucktail? If not, that could be the problem.

Try adding a 4-5" white FinS to the bucktail, or getting a jar of pork rinds (these are special for fishing can can be found at just about any B&T).

They add a twitching tail to the lure and dramatically improves the success rate.
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Old 01-04-2005, 04:51 PM
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the YUM samurai shad is another good option (glow/chart seems to be a pretty solid color)
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Old 01-04-2005, 05:47 PM
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Besides the "paddletail" swim-baits, I would try some Gulp Sinkin Minnows. On a small jighead (texas rigged), I'm sure you would entice a bite. Bass love these things, they stink all good and are nice N juicy. Bassy's love em! I use the pearl silver mostly, but when fishing tha beds I will use the Black Red Fleck or Watermelon Red Glitter.

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Old 01-04-2005, 06:27 PM
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Thanks everyone. hopefully ill be able to tryfishin after school this week.
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Old 01-04-2005, 06:44 PM
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Welcome to the Board. 8) :D STMNO The most recent kerr buggs report comes from Daves Crappy service. (no pun intended) & Buggs Island bait & Tackle.
Back of Eastland Creek and Buckhorn, Live Bait or Casting Flukes or Calcutta's Live Bait Early & Late. Early mornings and twilight.

Check here and scroll down the page to kerr lake info. The web site has a message board on the upper right.

Or go directly

New Years day report Spark Annie
Fished nutbush, plenty of bait at the bridge. Running back up-lake saw a guy come out of satterwhite loose a hat out of his boat. I stopped and picked it up and followed him till he stopped to give it back to him. Looked at the df and marked bait, and told my buddies there was a reason for that hat flying out, so we fished there. Caught five nice stripers there. It was near the old road-bed at bouy H, on the west side. Well, later after running for more bait, stopped a little bit beyond H, on the west side, closer to nutbush/little nutbush split, and and there was no bite. So I says to one of my buddies, it was cause no hat was in the water... to my surprise my buddy threw his hat right in while we were trolling... I immediatly threw out a marker so we could go back and find his hat. 15 seconds later got another fish on! What a blast. Got pictures of the fish and my buddy netting the hat!

Great day on the lake! Slow trolling with a 6hp gas kicker I just put on

Jan 3rd, 2005 - 10:06 AM Re: New Years Day Report

We trolled only live bait, on regular line with 1/4 and 3/8 oz slip sinkers, swivel, and a little more than rod length leader, 12lb test, #6 circle hooks. Had 5-7 rods out and used only side planers.
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