WHAT IS YOUR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS?
- Check last years’ log for temperature and conditions.
- What is your multitude of techniques? Can you remember what to use when you are on the water?
- Go with what you know.
- Go where you caught before.
- Share each other’s experiences.
- Don’t give up.
- Keep changing tactics.
- The realizing, you need a bigger net.
- The swimming along or swimming toward you stripper.
- Go Big or Go Home.
- If high winds are expected bring a windsock.
- Onboard tackle boxes work best.
- Know your bait tolerances for water temperature.
- Water temps are also critical for catching stripers.
- Make decisions with safety in mind.
- Always give drag.
- Use GPS trails to navigate.
- Use a time limit and stick to it. Set an alarm.
- When fishing area gets crowded, leave. Too many pings from sonars affect fish.
- Learn from others.
- Change your presentation if fish stop biting.
- If marking fish with no bites come back later.
- If fish not taking bait in one direction, go in the opposite direction.
- If you suspect a bite pickup the rod, tug the line, tighten the line or pitch a herring.
- Pull at different speeds or do crazy Ivans.
- When windy never use anchor or spot lock with lines out.
- Don’t put out full compliment of rods when checking new area.
- Don’t be discouraged by others telling you it’s not time for this or that.
- Avoid fishing too close to tree tops to avoid the freight train hit.
- Don’t leave fish to find fish.
- Pass the rod from one to another.
- Don’t get too greedy with too many lines out.
- A fish is a fish is a fish (if you are striper fishing and catch something else enjoy it).
- Catching one day is different than another day.