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  • #73900
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    This spring/early summer has been a real struggle to get on the water. We’ve had stained and nasty flows for weeks now. I am not sure what our local authorities are doing with our water or why it’s been so bad, because our rain situation has been fairly normal.

    At any rate, we had a window yesterday so I got out and knocked the skunk off the season. Still only got one fish, but if we can get a clear window of water, it ought to be on.

    #73907

    Zach,
    I just spoke to a non-fishing co-worker that did some canoeing over the weekend in the dh section of the hooch. She said she saw someone catch a large striped bass and held it up for them to see. She mentioned that alot of mud had collected around the boat ramp areas. She couldn’t remember which access point her group used. She was just along for the fun.

    #73908
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Hey Jonathan –

    I’ve had that happen, although not last weekend. Sometimes in that area the crowds get so heavy you will literally get a round of applause when you land a fish. That’s actually pretty fun. You feel like taking a bow, then you realize that would be ridiculous, so you put on a stern face and act all “Oh, this? No, I do this all the time. Yeah, yeah, please no fo-tos.” Hahahaha.

    #73909
    Clay SmithClay Smith
    Member

    you in the gheenoe? Are you doing any drop off trips or just motorized?

    #73910
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Hey Clay –

    No Gheenoe for these guys – it wouldn’t stand up to the moving water and rocks. Although I may try with it down closer to you at some point.

    I’ll give you a call in the next 2-3 weeks when this really gets going and we’ll get out there.

    Zach

    #73911
    Ryan Kennedy
    Member

    Nice work!!

    #73932
    Peter E.Peter E.
    Member

    Hey man, I read your article on spey fishing stripes. An amazing read. I am really looking forward to trying it this coming spring.

    #73933
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Thanks Peter. It’ll work in the summer too if the water’s right. I’m not sure where you’re located particularly.

    #73951
    Peter E.Peter E.
    Member

    I’m in Mobile now and so for me its a sojourn to make it to prime striper waters. But what I do want to try is the last couple native run gulf striped bass rivers here on the coast. But with Juvie tarpon being caught here in the bay, I admit my fervor is a little dim at the moment.

    #74002
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    As of today, 06/10/13, the striper above is the only one I’ve caught this year. Our fishing has basically sucked – I got stormed off the water on Sunday.

    If you look at this table, you can see why:

    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=rainfall_scorecard

    Last year Atlanta got 37 inches of rain all year long. The year before we got 39. Both were good striper years.

    This year we ALREADY have 27 inches, or 73% of last year’s TOTAL and we’re not even to the summer solstice yet.

    Consequently the stripers don’t seem to have moved up in big numbers. It also has yet to truly get hot. I’m pretty much hearing the same report from all other Georgia striper anglers, but I’d be interested to know if anyone out there is having a banner year.

    I for one am starting to question whether stripers exist.

    #74011
    Michael W.
    Member

    It has been unusually wet and the trouble tracking the stripers has plagued many of my friends on different watersheds in Georgia and East and Middle Tennessee. The fish just haven’t been where I expected them to be so far this year. I tried two different (non-Hooch) rivers in Georgia Saturday, but one was too high to navigate safely and the other was too muddy. The temp on one of the rivers was in the mid 60s. I didn’t get the temp from the other one, but wouldn’t have been surprised if it was only a degree or two higher. I do have one friend in Tennessee that had a great winter and spring, but he is a full time guide and he did a great job staying in contact with the fish.

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