I’m as happy as a kid at Christmas! Now you might ask what has made me so happy. My surgeon who rebuilt my arm said if I was careful he would release me to go back to the lake and I have my first trip planned in November! Now after being off the water since June I feel like that I’m going to fish harder than ever to make up for lost time. I know that the fishing has been really tough this year and I personally know five full time guides who took other jobs until we see a change in the fishing conditions. Sounds like if I was going to have to take a break from fishing I couldn’t have done it at a better time. Now I’m going to be on the water with Captain Mack Umbrella Rigs and Mini Mack’s pulled behind my Perfect Planer Boards looking for that change in the bite which always seems to be great in the fall and early winter months! I will report the first signs of the bite as soon as I get those rod’s to bending. So as I tell my fishing buddies my advice is let’s let, Humminbird Find The fish, Minn Kota Sneaks up on Them, Stealth Rod Holders Hold Them, Captain Mack Products Fool them into biting while Okuma Rods and Reels Puts Them in the Boat! So let’s go Fishing!
The Lake Hartwell bite still remains poor with the water conditions beginning to change quickly! The lake should turn over very soon and that will greatly improve the fishing! The lake level at the time of this report was 661.27, 1.27 feet above the 660 full pool level. This same time last year the lake was nearly six feet below full pool and the fishing was much better. The current water temperature is holding in the low seventies and will continue dropping every few days during this month if the air temperatures continue to drop into the low forties each night.
Stripers and Hybrids
Schooling activity has continued to pick up on Lake Hartwell and this begins at day break and lasts until the sun begins to come up and again in the evenings as the sun goes down behind the tree lines. There’s only one problem with this, all the fish that are being caught are very small, most of them being about a pound. I personally recommend that even though it can be fun to catch fish on top water that if you get into a big school of these knot heads that you leave them so they have an opportunity to survive to grow to the heavy weights that we all love to catch. I know now that it’s not going to be long now before we will be hearing drag being pulled off our reels again and I can feel it in the air that the big fish bite will begin soon. I’m hoping the rain will hold off for a few days, Zeta gave us plenty of water for awhile. My personally advice is to pull your Captain Mack Umbrella Rigs over humps and into the coves where you see fish breaking. As a rule of thumb the bigger fish usually are only a few feet deeper than the small fish and the umbrellas are the best way to catch the bigger fish. I’ve always had a lot of luck pulling my lighter Captain Mack rigs over long points where the water is much shallower or across under water road beds or ditches where the bigger fish are hanging out. Now everything that you need to know to catch Stripers and Hybrids is here now while we begin our fall and winter Instructional Trips, so if you get a chance to get into a teaching boat, book and take that trip. This could be the best trip that you will ever take and it will increase your odds of catching fish tremendously on any Striper or Hybrid lake. If you are interested in booking an Instructional Trip or guide trip give Captain Mack a call at 770-235-8135.
Go to baits for this week.
- Live Blueback Herring fished on down rods and free lines and Planer boards. The bait shops are all suppling nice big quality bait.
- Okuma Cold Water CW203D reels and Okuma Live Bait rod. What a great match, this rod and reel combo is the perfect Striper and Hybrid combo and it is unmatched in its ability to handle a good fish while giving you all you need to enjoy the fight.
- Oxygen System. This system will make a huge difference in your bait. I personally believe that it will help keep your bait in perfect condition especially if you decide to pull Gizzard Shad this winter and you have them in your tank with your Herring.
- SteelShad are very effective for schooling or breaking fish. This bait will catch all Bass species when cast to points or fished in deep or shallow waters.
- Captain Mack Umbrella Rigs. I will not go to the lake without them!
- Captain Mack Mini Mack’s – Very effective when trolled or pulled behind your Perfect Planer Boards or on lead core line. Don’t forget that the Mini Mack’s is an excellent bait to cast at surfacing fish as well.
- Perfect Planer Boards. The free line bite behind Planer Board will only improve with cooling water temps! s.
Lake Hartwell Largemouth Bass have been on the slow side but the Spotted Bass fishing has remained excellent with a lot of fish being caught off of Shakey Heads and Flukes as well as live bait while Striper fishing. Lots of patterns will take the Spotted Bass right now. Robo’s on the Weedless Wonder cast around docks, secondary points or brush should keep you plenty busy., The fish all over the place depth wise so be versatile in that regard. SteelShad in all sizes and colors are working great. The mini SteelHhad is working the best on points in the mornings when the bait is shallow. The Heavy Series is working over schools of bait in the main lake. The SteelShad is an excellent choice to cast to schooling fish of all species! Captain Mack Mini Mack’s with or without blades, are producing well when cast to points, and humps. This technique will catch some really nice Bass, but make sure your drag is set properly because at some point you are very likely have a Striper or Hybrid try and take it away from you.