Lanier Striper Fishing 101

I was raised in south Ga low country and the waters that I fished in were small fresh water rivers, creeks and ponds. The catch of choice was LM bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Jack fish, Chnnel cat, Redbreast, and the ocassional warmouth or yellow perch. So when I moved to the Lake Lanier area I was excited to consider the possibility of tangling with Stripers.

What I discovered though is that nothing I had ever learned back home was adaquate enough to even get on a striper muchless catch one. So began the quest for knowledge. Through much research and alot of questions I began to assemble the data and through trial and error I began to put it all together untill I caught my first of many striper's.

Here are some of the basics that I had to figure out before catching a single fish. Keep in mind that I am no expert, just sharing some info in hopes that it will benifiet someone.

Downlining- This is probably the most common rig used for fishing with live bait.This is just a technique of presenting live bait to the fish at a given depth directly below your boat. Most times you will be looking at the fish on your fish finder and lower the bait a few feet above their heads. The down line rig consists of a main line of usually 12 to 20 lb test line, a 1 to 2oz lead sinker, a glass bead and metal swivel and a leader (Florocarbon works well) about 5-7 feet in length then a bait appropiate hook.

Freelining- This Method is as simple. This set up is the same as the down line minus the weight, you attach the bait fish and let "em" swim. Most people let the line play out behind their craft and fish in conjunction with downlines.

Live BaitTrout, Blue Back Herring, Gizzard Shad, and even smaller panfish

Jigging- This method works well during the fall, however it can be used through the year also. This is where you simply lower you artificial bait to the desired depth and sharply yank up your line and let the bait fall again.

Top water- When stripers are busting the surface feeding on bait fish, it is a good idea to have one tied on a rod. You just throw past the area and work it through the area they are busting.

GearRods and reels-I use the 7' medium light Striper Ugly Stick fo my downlines because of the light tip.The lighter tip allows the fish to take the bait and not have the hook pulled out of his mouth before it is set. I use a stouter rod for freelines.
I use the Diawa Accudepth plus 27C reels because of the line counters.

Depth or fish finder- This is one area that you are really going to have to learn if you are not familar with using and reading one. But without one you are pretty much wasting your time. You will lose a lot of tackle in the trees and spend a lot of time fishing where there are no fish.
ArtificialsArtificials are not my goto bait, however they can be very beneficial in certian situations. These are just some types that I have used.
Spoons, Bucktail Jigs, Top water plugs

Sources of Info
Boards and forums are a great source of information and in most cases your questions will be answered. There are several links on my blog page for great places to get info if you live in the Georgia area. Another rich source of info is Youtube. But keep in mind just like this article there are no magic lures or techniques that work all the time or in all places.

These are just some basic tips and are really only going to just get you started. The best thing to do is get out there and try untill you find out what works and what doesn't. It will be worth it.

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