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Old 12-04-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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Ginzu, yakntat and I made a trip to Black Water this morning. Ginzu had fished it once, but YnT and I had never fished those waters.

Striper was our target. We met at 0500 and fished the Hwy 90 Bridge and train trussel with no luck. I had one good hit on a lipless crank bait but that was it. We worked our way down river some.

I caught a speck trolling so we circled back and threw jigs. We ended up with four keeper specks in that spot. We moved on and finally Ginzu hooks into what we came for, a striper! Fish wasnt huge but a keeper at 22 inches. Tide went slack about 0915 and other then a few short trout the bite died.

It was beautiful out there today and we saw two bald eagles. Generally striper fishing is best on crappy weather days so we will give it a shot in conditions less ideal for us. Overall I was pleased with our performance, we are offshore guys and for us to fish new water inshore and come out with what we came for, Id consider that a success! Oh and I found me a nice new popper!
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Nice fish Rob! Good report
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Nice.
I grew up fishing for stripers ( rockfish back home ). They loved fast moving water, structure & big bait back home.

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As the weather and water get colder they'll push further into East River Bayou (East of the Powerlines) and up Blackwater. They concentrate on dock lights at night just like reds and trout. Caught them many times at the light.

As far as size that's a nice sized, standard sized for a hybrid - from the pic it looks like the stripes are unbroken, a good sign that it's went full Striper.

Can't to get back from overseas and get salty. Tight lines guys.
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Good job!!!! Holy popper, they trying ta catch Moby Dick with that joker????
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It was indeed a striper, not a hybrid. Ive caught tons of both back in KY. Im not sure how many hybrids FWC stock in BW, I know they stock Escambia pretty good though.

The fish in our area are interesting. During the warmer months they go up stream and settle over cool springs as they can not tolerate warm waters. As it cools they come down river and into the bays to to gorge before it warms up and they have to go back up stream where they will rarely feed.

As for the size of the popper, there are some good sized stripers in our area and a 20+ pound fish would have no problem hitting that thing! Ive got an idea I want to try for day time trolling the river, I hate fishing at night.
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I'd like to add that broken lines are not enough to distinguish a true striper from a hybrid. Plenty of Striper have broken lines, even large fish in the NE.
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It was indeed a striper, not a hybrid. Ive caught tons of both back in KY. Im not sure how many hybrids FWC stock in BW, I know they stock Escambia pretty good though.

The fish in our area are interesting. During the warmer months they go up stream and settle over cool springs as they can not tolerate warm waters. As it cools they come down river and into the bays to to gorge before it warms up and they have to go back up stream where they will rarely feed.

As for the size of the popper, there are some good sized stripers in our area and a 20+ pound fish would have no problem hitting that thing! Ive got an idea I want to try for day time trolling the river, I hate fishing at night.
Hey JD;

Good catch.

Pretty good analogy of our fish, but stripers do indeed eat and get caught all yr. round...I know a 16 yr. old who caught a 20+ off his dock in July last summer at daylight on top water.... his dock is in 6 ft. of water. Not common but it happens.
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