Lanier Topwater

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    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Andrew Wright and I were lucky enough to be Jay Malyon’s guests this Saturday morning, and even luckier to get into some pretty excellent topwater striper action. I’ve never done this on a lake before, although it’s similar to what I’ve seen in the Gulf several times while out on my raft platform.

    Basically, the striped bass chase shad and blueback herring (this year apparently threadfin numbers are way up and herring numbers down), eventually forcing the baitball against the glass ceiling of the surface. When that happens the bait erupts out of the water in a churn that you can see from quite a distance away, especially with binoculars. It’s run-and-gun fishing that will wear out a trolling motor in a hurry, but man is it fun while it lasts.

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