Re: Too much bait or just the wrong fly?

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Posted by Jonny King on 2013-05-18 19:05:18 in reply to Too much bait or just the wrong fly? posted by henry cowen on 2013-05-18 06:52:44

That's very cool. You never know, but I think those fish were eating. The shad looked very molested and were flipping like freaked-out bunker do, and I'm often amazed at how mellow feeding stripers are. Here in the East, stripers sometimes blitz and assault, but just as often, they seem to feed in a relaxed manner, especially when the bait is thick and easy to catch. The bass that were chowing pre-Sandy on bay anchovies in NY Harbor looked like they were taking a stroll in the park, rolling lazily, but they were inhaling gobs of bait with each pass. As far as why they didn't bit, must be the guide's fault, right? Kidding aside, sometimes stripers are just impossible to feed, and I can't count the number of times I've found them just unwilling to coax into a strike, even when they follow the fly. About five years ago, we had a boat in the middle of a school of flyroddable sized bluefin tuna in Cape Cod Bay. They were just milling on the surface in a tight school, and you could literally pull the boat close enough to poke them with a rod tip. In three hours of hanging in the middle of that school, not one fish bit. They seemed to be feeding on something tiny -- maybe krill -- but no fly or lure or plug or whatever interested them in the slightest. So I guess it happens in your lake too.

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