Got back from a five day catchin trip to the lower end. I fished solo on Thursday and Friday, and Hotwheels and Stan the man showed up on Saturday.
We put the h.b. on a beach to the west side of Antelope Island just outside of the mouth of Warm Creek.
Stripers on Thursday were more than willing to chomp on a storm jointed deep diver in steel shad color just out side the west tire line at APM. Workers over
there told me boils were every where Wednesday night. I got there Thursday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. and trolled up 14 sassy fighters in about an hour. Kept waiting for boils to appear
and they didn't! Cruised back over to Warm Creek and the water was glass. Could see schools of shad on top shimmering all over the bay in the middle
between the cut entrance and the channel entrance. Had high hopes, but did not see one splash or any top water action. Went back to the h.b to fillet.
Friday morning cruised up to Gun Sight to try to catch the boils out front. Nothing showed so I went into Gun Sight, and got into some single splash top water
action. Got a couple on top, and trolled a few up. Saw a school on the graph that was prime for jiggin, and started catching them on the 1st drop of a slab spoon.
This school was on the move, and I had to work hard to stay on top of them! Best technique was slap jiggin in front of their face. They wouldn't touch a speed reeled spoon,
and some of them were hitting the spoon on the drop. Must watch line closely for that! Lost that school and trolled around for a while with no action. Cruised over to Navajo
and was hoping to find a good school to jig. Spent quite awhile in there, and didn't find any schools at all so trolled out using a glass ghost colored deep husky jerk and was able to
pick up a half dozen that way. Went back to hb to fillet and rest up for the evening. Headed out in the afternoon into Warm Creek, I know there is a school somewhere out there!
Spent a lot of time all over Warm Creek and didn't find them, and no top water action either. Salvaged the afternoon with a run over to APM, and picked up a few more trolling.
Came back to some nice purple sunsets.
Saturday morning I wanted to stay close so cruised over to APM, and while I was trolling they started to boil outside of the west tire line, took me awhile to get to them as I was on
the inside of the tire line, and of course it is no wake zone. I was able to pick up a couple on top before they went down and never showed again. Tried trolling again but they were not taking anything.
Went back over to warm creek and graphed around and looked for some top water action! Nothing! Persistence in Warm Creek will pay off sooner or later I will just be patient!
Cruised back to the hb to wait for Hotwheels to get there.
After Hotwheels showed up we took the h.b out to the mouth of Warm Creek and got into a nasty storm while trying to anchor it. Big time wind, lighting, and some rain. Big
rolling waves about 3 feet high, and lasted for about an hour. Did not even go out to fish that evening.
Got up early Sunday morning and went to Gun Sight for the boils that Wayne promised were there!
Yeah right! Anyway went into Gun Sight after no boils appeared,
and found the jigging school to work over. We got quite a few fish out of that school before they disappeared. Saw Kevin Campbell up there with some clients and they were jigging up
another school farther out towards the mouth! Cruised over to say high, but kept my distance because he had paying customers!
We headed to Last Chance to find Kurt's school, and were not disappointed. Kurt don't bother going up there we fished it out except for the pod of smb! hehe
Trolled up some nice lunkers out of there and picked up some nice smb also. After that slowed down I went and explore a bunch of more canyons in last chance, but found
nothing exciting! Went back to the hb, filleted fish and had our traditional fish fry that night.
Monday did the mouth of Gun Sight for the boils--nada, and headed back up to get the rest of the Stripers out of Kurt's hole!
Hotwheels worked the south side and I worked the north side! Back bay I found a big school of something so stopped and dropped a spoon, and bent pole--what it was a smb!
Then a striper, then a smb. What the heck, mixed bag. The smb bass I caught were so fat and deep that they were starting to look like crappie! Decided to troll around in there and started catching
big fat smb, and an occasional striper! I caught 15 really nice smb, and if I wanted to do some lazy drop shotting routine I bet that I would have caught 50 smb. Nope ain't gonna do that!
Can't stand drop shot fishing, I like setting the hook like a real man!
Finished up there and headed back to Warm Creek. Jack was trolling and I was trolling/graphing to try and find the school that I knew was there. Jack and Stan caught a couple, and I had a really nice
e one on that came unbuttoned at the boat! Was the best fish of the trip for me but he decided that he didn't want to be table fare! I waved good bye to him. We headed back to the h.b. to fillet and have steaks!
Tuesday morning we decided to stay close and just fish for a couple of hours before pulling up anchors and leaving. We were out graphing, and Hotwheels spotted a boil over along the east shore about
1/3 miles south of the hay stacks! By the time we got there it was down, and no fish below. Went back to trolling/graphing. Then another boil started along the shore line same area and the stripers
were busting shad right on the shore line. I got there in time to get one out of that and Hotwheels and crew had some good hits but no hookups. Went back out a ways from the shoreline to wait for
up them to come again but there was just a few small groups chasing shad on top all around us! We could not get to them. Next thing I know I look over at Jack's boat and I saw him sitting still with two poles bent over!
I moved over there and Jack was over a huge school jiggin them up! As soon as I got beside I dropped a slab, and my line started gathering on top, so closed the bail and bam it was on.
This is what my graph looked like, and I figure about a thousand or more fish in the school!
I floated for about 50 feet and the graph still looked the same. Poles were bending over left and right with stripers laying all over both decks of our boats, then they would disappear. We would take off graphing in different directions
and then I found them again. Yelled at Jack that I found them and he would come over by me and the whole process would start all over again! I knew the mother lode would be in here, and the was just like 2 years ago when we
were hauling them up every day in Warm Creek.
Here is a pic of the master jigger himself and Stan while over the school.
We repeated this process 2 more times, having to graph each time they moved. Man what a blast! There are many different techniques of jigging and speed reeling is one, because you are still vertical fishing for them!
Don't be afraid to try all of them when vertical fishing! Speed reeling would work, but most of the time they were picking the spoon up on the initial drop! Then you would have to slap jig in front of their noses! Quite a few times
I let it drop to the bottom and the use a swift lift, and would get violent hits that way. Another technique is to drop to the bottom, speed reel a few turns and slap jig, then speed reel and slap jig! All of these were working
on this school! We finally lost them, but that was ok, as we had a couple of coolers of fish to clean, and then pull anchors and head back to the buoy! What a great end to a trip. I will be back in a couple of weeks!