We launched at Gainesville Marina today and bee-lined it north to Holly Park. We arrived to find 75 degree surface temps and put out my usual spread of everything which included 2 weighted Planer Boards with 2 large shot weights each 4 feet from the hook and 55 behind the board with Blueback Herring over a 40′ bottom; 1 weighted directional bobber on the right 35′ out; 2 Downlines staggered at 20 and 25 ‘; 2 weighted Freelines 100′ with same large shot weights 85′ and 100′ back; and a herring transom bait right at the surface of the water. My crew today was Hannah and Dave. While I was trying to set up the video camera a striper hit the port Planer Board. It was 26 ¼” and weighed 8 pounds.
He put up a nice fight while Dave went for the net. After weighing, measuring and pictures before we could get the fish back in the water we got another hit. This time on the Freeline. Dave brought this one in while I netted it with the handle extended to 12′. It was 24” and weighed 6 pounds.
Dave decided he wanted the stripers for dinner so we put them on an 8′ rope stringer. Back to setting up the video camera the other Planer Board got hit and it was Hannah’s turn to start reeling and listening to my instructions. Dave netted her striper which was 23 ½” at 5 pounds.
More pictures then the starboard directional bobber started stripping off line. I handed the rod to Dave but whatever it was it got off. I decided to put the video camera away. We opened the boat umbrella creating some nice shade as Hannah and Dave drew close together under it. More boats and jet skiers started showing up so we headed back to the ramp. All in all it was a great time on the water with friends and stripers.