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Old 11-23-2004, 12:08 PM
TRFisher TRFisher is offline
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Default Suspended Stripers

Hey guys,
I'd like to get your opinion on something.

As I said in my first post, I've been trying to catch some stripers out of Liberty reservoir in Eldersburg, Maryland.

While trolling, the middle of the channel the sonar is showing some big-ass fish on the top of the water column with a few big ones sitting on the bottom. I assume they're Stripers. I've tried trolling a Mann's stretch 30+ and a Castaiac trout lure, and a big bucktail with a chartruese tail at all kinds of different depths with no takers. The county stocks Rainbow trout there and apparently the Stripers are eating them.

I've heard that if fish suspend, the most active should be at the top of the water column. I have fished from mid to late in the day. They don't allow night fishing there.

I don't think trolling eels would work for landlocked fish. Do you guys think I should concentrate on the fish at the top of the water column and/or change my lures?

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Old 11-23-2004, 01:14 PM
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Troll a 9" Storm Wildeye through there :)

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Old 11-23-2004, 03:40 PM
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I just hit 'em with my transducer like I do everything else. :-\
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:05 PM
Riddler Riddler is offline
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Why not try a jig? Find a spot with a few fish marked, take a 5, 6, 7 or 10" FinS (they even make rainbow trout colors) , put a 1/2 or 3/4 oz jig on it.

Drop it straight to the bottom. Jerk up on the rod, let it drift down.

I'd try the trout and white for starters. If those stripers are alive, they will hit it.

You should be able to get them at any B&T or WalMart

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Old 11-23-2004, 09:29 PM
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most of the time if I mark fish on sonar and can anchor a cast away from them, that's what I would do. .. real quiet like.. I start with poppers then swimmers, spoons, jigs in that order..

I don't mind trolling to find fish, but once I have 'em, I'd rather cast to 'em.. and I like electric bow mounts fer sneakin to 'em, real quiet like.... sshhhhh... definately wouldn't run the outboard over fish I knew were there..

I've had real good luck with white crubs on a jig for suspended fish just heavy enough to slowly futter to the bottom.
Beware the "sneak attack"!!
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