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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Tallapoosa striper Reply with quote

Today at work I was shown pictures of some striper that were caught this past weekend between Tallassee and Wetumpka. The largest was supposedly 29 lbs. Who wants to go, and what day?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bite me!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was there last week, and saw no sign of stripers. I was targeting them exclusively and found none. The old men bait-fishing on the bank also reported no stripe. Not doubtin gthey are there, but it was a swing and a miss for me. It is always feast or famine there for me--either the best fishing of your life, or nothing at all.

I also saw no shad in the water, which is a big contrast to last year when they were so thick you could walk across to the other side.

I did catch a few spots and I foul hooked a large gar (they are spawning now and are all over the place) that went aerial three times (this was a surprise to me--anybody else observe this?) All except the gar were little fun on an 8-weight rigged for stripers...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some gar will jump and run, and some just play dead. The lively ones are big fun. That's my experience.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chattmr wrote:
I was there last week, and saw no sign of stripers. I was targeting them exclusively and found none. The old men bait-fishing on the bank also reported no stripe. Not doubtin gthey are there, but it was a swing and a miss for me. It is always feast or famine there for me--either the best fishing of your life, or nothing at all.

I also saw no shad in the water, which is a big contrast to last year when they were so thick you could walk across to the other side.

I did catch a few spots and I foul hooked a large gar (they are spawning now and are all over the place) that went aerial three times (this was a surprise to me--anybody else observe this?) All except the gar were little fun on an 8-weight rigged for stripers...


There were 3-4 gar cruising the hole you and I fished last week yesterday. They had zero interest in feeding, so I knew love must have been in the air/water. I've heard they jump a lot when hooked.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chattmr wrote:
that went aerial three times (this was a surprise to me--anybody else observe this?).


They jump out of the water chasing bait fish like clockwork on the Brazos River in Texas. The sound of monster Alligator Gar splashing in the water was as common as birds chirping when we went camping down there every summer when I was younger.
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