Monday, March 31, 2008


Tonight started out just like any other Jan-March night except that we finally had no wind. Air temp was around 55 and it was threatening to rain. Started my usual Lake Riva rounds. Hit all the normal north shore spots. Around 6Pm I saw a rather large splash in the shallows near the point at Broad Creek. Assumed it was a bird, but something told me different. I approached the point from the downriver side with motor off and tossed a Stillwater plug. After 15 minutes or so, I started engine and slowly motored around shallows to other side of point. Switched over to Kastmaster and on first cast felt a small bump. Felt like a White Perch, but as I tightened the slack, I knew it was big. Well it turned out to be my biggest river Striper ever. He did not fit on seat, but based on the oil well hatch, I would say 28 inch plus. The water temp was only 52 so the fight was rather sluggish, even on my 6 lb perch rod. If that fish had hit in summer,he would have surely spooled me. So now the question is...what was he doing there? He was clearly a migratory fish and was filled with sperm. Who says the South River is not a spawning river?

Friday, March 28, 2008

First Striper of 2008

Have fished every fish-able day since last post. Winter can be very peaceful and beautiful when the wind lays down, but requires a lot of patience. On March 5th I was fishing with buddy Brad and he picked up a keeper striper on the flats at Boyds point. I believe that the these resident striper's remain in the river year round, but rarely feed when the water is under 50.

The wind was blowing hard tonight, but the air temp was over 6o. The water temp has been creeping up to 51-52. Fished the marina light with a Kastmaster and finally picked up a nice 18. Suprised the hell out of me and gave a very good fight. Walked her back to boat for a "seat picture" which confirmed she was a keeper. Quick pic and off she went.

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