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Friday, April 30, 2010

Lake Lanier Record Spot

We just received this Lake Lanier report from Henry Cowen:

JUST GOTTA GO!!!! The fishing was pretty consistent this week. Some days showed a few stripers with plenty of bass and other days showed a decent amount of stripers and plenty of bass. Striper fishing is getting better every day. Top water began this past week. For fly anglers it is important to throw a fairly big fly on top as the fish are eating gizzard shad on the surface. Overcast days are best but even sunny days has fish feeding on top for the first 2-3 hours in the morning. There is also a top water bite at sunset. For non fly anglers throwing redfins and walk-the-dog type baits will work. Just starting to see fish busting bait on the sirface. Best bet is to fish as many points as possible. North and south lake are working but I think north is somewhat stronger. We had stripers to 14 lbs this week while I saw fish caught up to 22 lbs on top water artificials.
For just putting fish in the boat anglers should toss an intermediate line and a coyote or a Clouser w/15 lb tippet. 12 lb is even better but may mean a few more bites but probably some lost fish. The springtime fish are fighting incredibly well. Lots of big spotted bass being caught daily. Gary Lowe of Kennesaw, GA caught and released another (his 2nd) IGFA world record (8 lb tippet) spotted bass on the fly. Fish weighed in @ 5 1/2 lbs crushing the old record by just under 2 lbs. Way to go Gary!!!!!! Early May has some dates open while Mid-May is booked fairly solid…..see you on the pond! HC

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