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Old 05-31-2006, 12:09 PM
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Default New at fresh water striper fishing

I live in Birmingham Alabama, is it better to Troll, or use live bait,iam getting mixed answers, We have severial lakes that have good populations, of Stripers, I would love to have some help.
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:51 PM
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Day in Day out live bait will be artificials. Artificials can be good, and I use them alot, but to play the odds livebait wins hands down. Slow trolling live bait is a deadly art form.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:14 AM
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welcome to the board, neighbor!

trolling, drifting live bait, and casting arts can all be effective......btw, do yourself a favor and learn how to fish an umbrella rig(if you haven't already)
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:27 PM
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live bait trolling for sure,you cant lose.stick with it you will make it happen
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Old 08-05-2006, 03:49 PM
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I fish smith lake and guide part time. I have always been a live bait when thats whats best,casting jigs and topwater when that is best,but this year I have made myself learn how to troll only. I went to a big boat that customers love with a porta potty. I have had six year olds catch fish now. Learn to pull umbrella rigs and crankbaits in the right area's for the season your in. I can catch fish in the hottest part of the day trolling now. Most guides make only night trips in the heat of the summer. Find water 80 to 150 feet where the trees come to 40 or 50ft of the surfice on points and the mouths of creeks and coves. They will come out of fifty feet of water in the trees to hit a umbrella rig running 20ft deep. Hope this helps,good luck.
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Old 08-06-2006, 05:18 AM
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Right on Striperhunter! I have had my best days draggin u-rigs in deep water that had submerged timber.

Congrats on your new rig!
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:27 PM
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Carried out a man and his wife yesterday. She had never caught a fish before. She caught a 16Ib and two eights. Her husband caught a 30Ib and a few smaller. I had carried her husband out last week and he lost a giant in the same exact spot over timber with gizzard shad present in site of the dam. I'm not saying it was the same fish but it could have been. The best way to learn to catch striper is hire a guide. I have been on ten guided trips for striper on this one lake alone. It will save you time and money in the long run. If you had rather live bait fish, nights around the lights with shad will get your string pulled. If you are new to fishing give other boats plenty of room. I have never understood why a boat will come by me within twenty feet when there was 1,000 feet from me and the other side of the lake.
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Old 08-23-2006, 05:35 AM
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live bait, try slow trolling it on planer boards. This time of year you will want to use downriggers or downlines.

Check out my blog, I have more freshwater striper information there.

http://fishingalways.blogspot.com
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:53 AM
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GSX
Nice site . But it would look really nice with a reciprical link.
Thanks Jim
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Old 08-23-2006, 11:39 PM
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GSX
Nice site . But it would look really nice with a reciprical link.
Thanks Jim
Yeah I knew I was forgetting something on the site
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