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December 19 - The December Tournament brought a major cold front with it. Water temps dropped 2-3 degrees from Thursday to Saturday morning. Water temps were steady at 53 by Saturday morning. Air temps were a very cold 27 with a 17-20 degree wind chill. Brrrr! We had 15 boats brave the conditions and avoided the typical holiday shopping with their wives. Fishing was tough as you will see.
1st place went to Team Rockfish with 52.5". Nate was seen up and down the lake. He boated 4 fish from Shoal to Vanns Tavern. Backwoods had 2nd and Big fish with a 28.25" striper. Jeremy honkered down in 4 Mile. He got his on a downline shiner. Team Greene got 3rd with a 27" striper. Matt stayed in Shoal and was on fish most of the day. Chaser had 4th with 25.5". Charlie got his on a downline trout in 12' of water. Pribco had 5th with 23" and Bucktales had 6th with a 17.5" fish. Buck was the only boat that fished North.
A few things we learned. The fish seemed to disappear after 8 or 9 AM. Many of us didn't mark a fish for hours after that. The answer is, they were shallow. Some fish stayed up in 10' or less trying to sort out the warmer waters. Others found fish scattered over the river channel. Freelined baby Gizzards in shallow water was a solid tactic as well as downlined medium trout for others.
December 11 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday, December 16th. Lines are in the water at 7:00AM. Virtual weigh in via Facebook or text to Dillan or Bob is by 2:00PM. We are fishing in conjunction with the Lanier Striper Club this week. So if you are in both clubs, no worries. It will be the same number for both clubs. Again, you don't need to be back for the Oakwood weigh in. Clearly send your pics through the OSC Facebook page or text them.
We have seen some fish being caught through the rough weather. Water temps are dropping. Fish are still on the move. The middle to rear creek bite has picked up. There are some bigger fish shallow as they should be. Hopefully larger baits will motivate these fish to bite. Otherwise, you should still have a mix of baits out there. Lots of smaller fish on or near the surface.
Our meeting is next Monday, December 18th. We will be having some raffles (multiple prizes). We will discuss up and coming patterns. We will make sure we have some good Holiday desserts mixed in with a hot meal.
Novemger 19 - As usual, the week leading up to Saturday had Captains raving about 20 fish days on topwater. Captains weren't even bringing bait with them. Then we get a front on Wednesday and the whole thing changes up. Water temps were 63 on the South end. It was a beautiful day with a 45 degree start warming up to 66 degrees. Wind was NE 5-7 most of the day. It picked up to 15-20 by 1:00. The front was moving in. We all thought the fishing would explode by early afternoon. Nobody really saw the topwater activity in the main channel like earlier in the week. Some fish pulled in to pockets and stayed deep, while eating fish just went shallow.
1st Place went to Chaser with 56.5". They started their day throwing McSticks in Flat. Found plenty of 19-20" fish to start. They caught a striper in Orr in 80' down over 100' deep on a herring. The other all came on medium shiners in Mud, fished 60' back. One fish was on a sebile as well. 2nd Place went to Bucktales with 43.25" Buck caught one early and exercised the virtual weigh in with a fish caught at 1:59. Buck said they hit that fish with a loose drag and they had to fight the clock. The fish had multiple hooks in it (Sebile) and took extra time to unhook it and get pictures sent it. Either way he beat the buzzer. 3rd Place went to team Greene with 40.5". 4th went to Abercrombie and Fish with a 27.5" fish caught up river. 5th went to Pribco with a 27" striper. 6th went to "Thanks for Playing" with a 26.5" fish. Striper Sniper had 7th with a 20" striper from Balus. We had 6 boats skunk. Everyone found schools of fish but they seemed to have lock jaw.
November 14 - The Tournament is this Saturday. Lines in at 6:30AM weigh in is at OBT at 2:00PM or you can weigh in via Facebook. Make sure your pictures are clear. We can see the nose hitting 0 and the tail touching a number. Also the number must be on fish. Business as usual.
Weather is questionable. Weatherman says chance of rain. It will be warm and no wind. Hopefully the weatherman is wrong. It has happened before!
Fishing has been good with the exception of last weekends cold front. Fish are in big schools over deep water. They are aggressively hitting topwater. Bring a Spook or your favorite lure. Freelines would also be a good choice. There are good numbers of fish midlake in the River Forks area. There are also fish from the mouth to midway in the creeks. Water temp in still around 63. Some better size fish have been showing up as well.
The meeting is Monday night. Topwater Terry O'Shaughnessy aka Jerseycat will be our speaker. He will be discussing the nighttime topwater techniques.
October 15 - The October Tournament proved that Lake Lanier is in full turnover as we suspected. The water temps were 75 on the main lake and 68 was the coldest found up either river. Traditionally the river is the place to be. This year the weather has slowed the river bite.
1st place went to Pribo with 50.25". Reports say that he had a good morning running out of bait. 2nd Place went to Fish Hunter with 42.5". Bob got his North in the Gainesville area. They caught some numbers. They mixed it up to catch them in true October fashion. They used Herring, Shad and shiners on downlines and freelines. 3rd went to Bucktales with 37.5" Buck got his on heavy weighted lines fished 25' behind a float. He fished the float 100' behind the boat. 4th went to "Thanks for Playing". Ricky and Clintin got theirs in Flat and Orr creeks. They tried everything as well. One fish came off of a cut bait on the bottom. Striper Sniper had 5th with 36". They fished up river and managed to catch a couple around Clarks Bridge. 6th went to Simpson Trucking. Shawn went up the Chestatee and managed to get Big Fish honors with a 30" striper. 7th went to Fishawn with 26". Shawn got his in Flat. The other fisherman were up either river and never found the fish.
We had 12 boats fish and 7 boats caught fish. Fish are still in schools on the south end hanging in and around the channel. Topwater has been producing on these fish as well as freelines and downlines. Fish are roaming up and down the lake now searching for oxygen. The River bite won't take off till water temps drop to 62 or below up the rivers.
October 11 - The OSC Tournament this Saturday will be lines in at 7:15AM. The weigh in is at OBT at 2:00PM
Fishing has been up and down, after all its October. We are in turnover at this point. Fish are out over the channel, some are shallow on points as well as some have ventured North. We call it junk fishing. Everything works, but nothing works great, You have to versatile and fish baits on freelines as well as downlines. Be prepared to throw a topwater lure. Have umbrella rigs and or leadcore on standby. My prediction is 60", where 54" will get you in the top 3. There are a lot of 3 pound fish in big schools shallow, just in case you need a kicker.
Our meeting is Monday. We will be having our seasons end Awards Banquet. It will be catered by Moonies BBQ. We have put our guest speaker on hold till next month, not to conflict with the awards dinner.
October 10 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday, October 14th. What time do we want to start and finish. Its light at 7:15ish
September 17 - After such a long day on Saturday, we decided to cancel the meeting on Monday. After all, we had Pizza and drinks, Mack Farr speaking, not to mention about 50 club members attended. It felt like a meeting. Next month we will be having our Year End Awards dinner. I believe we are catering BBQ. We also have "Topwater" Terry O' Shaughnessy as our guest speaker. Terry is the King of Topwater both day and night for Striped Bass. It will be a jam packed night. Be sure to attend.
September 16 - What a great event! The season finale was also the Don Brown Memorial (ALS) Tournament. We had 19 boats fish the club tournament and 36 boats fished the whole event. The weather turned out great, considering we are still recovering from Hurricane Irma on Tuesday. Clear skies prevailed with a starting air temp of 60 and we finished around 80 degrees. Water temps were steady from 73-75 degrees. Wind was 0-5 NNW.
1st Place and Big Fish went to Team Chaser with 72.5" The Big Fish was 37". Bob and Charles got some early pulling boards and free lines in 30' of water. Still fishing Mud Creek. They switched to downlines at 9:00AM. Bigger fish came off gizzard shad 40 to 60' down over 60-100' deep. Striper Sniper had 2nd Place with 65.5". David and Jeff had similar success fishing boards and freelines with shad in the morning. The downlines came out with the sun. They boated over 20 fish for the day. Team Simpson/Castillo/Honcho/Head Honcho had 3rd with 57". Call them what you want, but Leonel and Shawn got theirs up the river. 4th place went to Team Green with 55" 5th went to Double Trouble with 54.25". Main Arrow had 6th with 51.5" Back in Black had 7th with 50.75". Mike also had a solid walleye joining him for dinner. Lanier Striper had 8th with 50". 9th place went to Backwoods with 49. Bucktales also had 49 " for 10th place. Abercrombie & Fish had 11th with 48.25". Nauti by Nature had 47", good for 12th place.
The pattern for numbers were downline herring over 60-120' bottoms. Fish were in the main river channel at the mouth of creeks by late morning. They started out in mid creek pockets from 30-50' deep. We all had a lot of shopping and pull downs. So we all went through a lot of bait. Fish were caught by trolling leadcore, spooning, freelines, downlines and even topwater. Fish were caught in the mouth of Baldridge, Dam, Saddle Dyke, Shoal Creek, Big Creek, Flowery, Orr and Mud to name a few. Of the 19 boats we had 15 catch 2 or more. Only 1 boat skunked.
All in all, a great day. A great way to end the season. Most importantly, the Open Tournament generated over $3000 for ALS in the name of Don Brown. Thanks again for all of you that helped at the event. A very special thanks to Lynn Gregory who couldn't make the event do to her injury. Her hard work paid off, making the event run smoothly.
September 8 - We have about a dozen or more sign ups for our September tournament. We need you to sign this weekend if possible. We don't want 40 boats showing up the morning of the event and tying up time in the bait shop registering. To register you can either go in person to OBT and pay by cash, check or credit card. Or simply call OBT, Dillan will accept a credit card over the phone. You can print out the form here and email it to me or Dillan.
The Tournament is $100 per boat to enter with an optional Big Fish of $25. We had 40 boats fish last year. We are expecting similar or better participation this year.
For those that can't fish it, we are looking for total club participation in anyway possible. Please show up to the weigh in or come early and help set up. Bring a friend or neighbor. The raffles and silent auction items are juicier this year. Raffles will be $5 each or 5 for $20. Chances of winning anything from Yeti, Shimano, Costa etc. We have had some late raffle prizes added as well.
Lines in at 6:30AM. Weigh in at OBT at 4:00PM. Papa's Pizza and drinks will be served at weigh in.
Weather looks to be spectacular with lows in the 60s and a high of 81 degrees. The Irma storm looks to be targeting the coast. We can expect some well needed rain on Monday and Tuesday. That's if the weather people are right?
Sign up now! Good luck! Catch many fish! Win some cool prizes!
August 30 - We are now accepting sign ups for our September tournament. To register you can either go in person to OBT or fill out a form provided here and email it back. OBT will accept a credit card over the phone, or a check or cash in person. The Tournament is $100 per boat to enter with an optional Big Fish of $25. We had 40 boats fish last year. We are expecting similar or better participation this year.
For those that can't fish it, we are looking for total club participation in anyway possible. Please show up to the weigh in or come early and help set up. Bring a friend or neighbor. The raffles and silent auction items are juicier this year. Raffles will be $5 each or 5 for $20. Chances of winning anything from Yeti, Shimano, Costa etc.
Don't wait till last minute. We already have a number of people signed up.
August 21 - The August Tournament found 15 boats enjoying a fairly nice day. We had a 72 degree start, warming up to a 84 degree finish. Water temps were at 85 degrees. The fishing was on fire but it was solid and consistent. We had 13 boats catch 2 or more stripers. Not to mention the average size went up with 4 fish measuring more than 30 inches.
Our predictions were 62 or better to win. 1st place went to Simpson Trucking with 62". They had Big Fish with a 37" beauty. They got the big fish on a split shot free line, set back 200'. They fished Mud and 6 Mile. Mike Topping of Back in Black had 2nd Place with 58.5". Mike fished the mouth of Baldridge. He fished Friday to find a 38" fish and could have had 70", but that was Friday. Using gizzard shad on a downline on a float ball away from the boat was the ticket. Our 3rd place Team was Abercrombie & Fish with 57. Bryan caught his on Parker Spoons. Striper Sniper had 4th with 56.75". Chaser had 5th with 54". Bob got his in Mud and Orr, He used Zara spooks, Parker spoons and down lines to catch his. Main & Arrow had 6th with 53". Downlines in Shoal was the ticket. Nauti by Nature had 52.5", good for 7th place. Josh and Nate had to hold the fort down with Lynn being out. Fish Shawn had 52" and 8th place. They were trolling the channel. Fish Hunter had 50.75" and 9th place. 10th went to Double Trouble with 49.5". Pribco had 43.25" and 11th place. 12th went to Backwoods with 42.75". Striper Hunter had 13th with 34.5". Fintastic had 26.5".
Most fish were caught by 9:30AM. Early fish were in creek pockets in 30-60' deep. As the sun came up the fish moved out to the channel. Trolling did put up some fish, but it was not as productive as weeks past. Power reeling also put up some fish. Split shot free lines put up the better fish. Also fishing a downline on a float ball away from the boat also worked well.
August 16 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday, August 19th. Lines in at 6:30AM. Weigh in is at 1:30PM at OBT. Fishing has been good. Its seems like a little bit of everything is working. Trolling leadcore over the channel is now catching them. Burning Parker spoons is also a solid technique. Lets not forget our trusty down line herring bite. Fish are now in open water as well in mouths of creeks. Early in the AM they will be further back in the creeks on a 40-60' bottom. They seem to follow the sun into deeper water. We have been seeing some quality (32-36") fish in the last few weeks. Lets see if one of us can make it happen. Lets shoot for 62" or better. Its doable. Weather looks good for now with a low 70's start and fing its way into low to mid 80's by the end. Water temps are steady from 83-84 in the AM.
Our meeting is Monday, August 21st at around 6:30PM. Our guest speaker is a new one to the club. Wes Carlton of Georgia Lake Fishing is coming to put his spin on things. Many of you know Wes. He has been fishing Stripers on Lanier for more than 15 years. He also is the North GA expert on Brown Trout and Walleye. Wes says to bring your phone with pictures of your fishfinder shots of stripers. It will be part of the discussion. So this is your homework during the tournament. Take some screenshots.
July 25 - UPADATE TO FUN DAY OF FISHING:
The OSC Fun Day of fishing is this Saturday. For those of you participating, meet at OBT at 5:30AM. Anyone who would like to participate and not on the current list, pleaseto identify themselves no later than Thursday, so we can coordinate boats.
The Boating captains so far are: Dillan Greeson, Leonel Castillo, Ricky Arrow, Shawn Simpson, David Bienfait
The fishing participants are: Bob Fields, Boomer Jones, Paul Grooms, Jr Browning, Todd Canfield, Scott Berry, John Brady, Jeff Garrett, Matt Greene, Lynn Gregory, Steve Scott, Ron Johnson and Rick Smith.
This puts us at 18 people on 5 boats. If anyone is not on this list and would like to fish, you need to let us know ASAP.
PS. Participants need to bring cash with them to contribute for Fuel and Bait.
July 18 - FUN DAY OF FISHING: Once again we are holding the Oakwood Striper Club Fun day of fishing. We are shooting for July 29th. The idea is to gather 3 to 4 club members per boat and spend the morning fishing. Last year we had 4 or 5 boats. The boats will network together and sometimes fish side by side. Either way its a chance to meet and fish with names and faces you recognize. We will more than likely start around 6ish and finish at 12. We will meet back at OBT for lunch.
Expenses will be split equally over the people in the boat. We have a few members who are donating their boats as captains. We need to split fuel and bait over the group fishing.
Email me back if you are interested in fishing. We have 4 captains already. Remember, you must be current on dues to participate.
July 18 - Weather and fishing was great. Air temps started in the low 70's and the sun showed up around 10ish. The highs for the day was around 85. Water temps were also 85 to 86 degrees. We had 13 boats signed up and 12 boats actually fished. All boats caught stripers. After a discussion from the group, we determined that as a whole we fished every creek from the dam to Flat Creek on the south side. It didn't matter where you fished, we found fish in every creek. However, they may not have been hungry in every creek at the time. The Teams that caught big numbers 15-20 fish all had the same game plan. It was catch some and move. Not spending 2 hours in any one place. No one caught any fish power reeling. Maybe due to the high cloud cover in the morning. Trolling was huge once again. Both Umbrella rigs at 100' and leadcore at 9 colors were extremely productive.
1st place and Big fish went to Main & Arrow with 59.5" and a 31" Big fish. Ricky and Clintin hammered them all day downline fishing near Shoal Creek. The big fish came off an 80' bottom. 2nd Place went to Striper Sniper with 56.75". Rooster and Jeff caught some in water as shallow as 23'. They also moved out to 60-80 throughout the day. 3rd place went to Naughti by Nature with 54.5". Lynn and Josh also stayed in fish throughout the day. 4th went to Chaser with 54.25". Bob and Charlie found them in Orr, Young Deer, 6 mile and Flat. Ran out of bait and got them good trolling. 5th went to Backwoods with 53.25". Jeremy and Brandon had the same luck as the rest. 6th went to Higgy with 53". Bill found them in Big Creek. He also ran across a big surfacing school. 7th went to Team Greene with 52.75". Matt found his in 6 mile, also on a 60' bottom. 8th went to Fish Hunter with 51.75". 9th went to Double Trouble, also with 51.75". Junior, Boomer and Paul found a big school 1st thing in Flowery Branch. Their pictures started at 6:03. 10th went to Striper Hunter with 49.75". Greg got into them in Baldridge. 11th went to Fishshawn with 44.25" and 12th went to Pribco with 28.25".
A lot of reports of knock down bites or short bites. If you leave those fish alone and perhaps come back to them in an hour or two, they seem more willing to eat. Its all just timing. Keep moving till you find feeding fish.
July 13 - The tournament is this Saturday. We had all discussed moving dates so we are not fishing during the Lanier Poker Run. The Poker Run is on 7/22.
As far as the meeting goes, it is still on Monday, July 17th. We will be discussing our upcoming Fishing Fun Day. We will put 3 or 4 people in a boat, split expenses, and fish for fun. All boats stay in communication and work as a team to ensure a good time. Let us know who wants to go and who can donate their boat as a Captain.
Also the Don Brown Tournament will be discussed as well. This will be the September Tournament. We have just two months to get prepared.
July 11 - The Tournament is on for this Saturday, lines in at 6:00AM. Weigh in at OBT at 1:00PM.
July 10 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday, July 15th. Times are up for grabs. Its light out at 6AM. Boat traffic will play a factor later in the day. I'm voting 6-1 or 6-2? Let me know what works for everyone. Fishing is still a morning bite. It has been slow late morning into the afternoons. It is full moon now as well, again keeping the fish eating at 1st light.
The numbers have been pretty solid as of lately. Fish still average 22-28". A 58" catch should be good unless someone gets lucky. Read the reports on our Facebook page. Some good info being shared. Fish are scattered across the south lake. Downlines and trolling is working as well as spoons. Fish are being caught anywhere from a 30' bottom all the way out to the channel. If you can't find them, move. Change tactics.
June 17 - The June Tournament was a quickie. With Fathers Day, Hot weather, boat traffic and a strong early bite, we fished from 6 till 12. Weather was great for a change. Air temps went from 60s to about 80. The wind was not a factor with a 4MPH NE wind. The early bite was the key. Fish are schooled up now heavy in 30-50' bottoms as well as some smaller groups in the 80' bottoms. We had 13 boats as expected. A number of people are vacationing. They missed out on some good action. 1st Place and Big Fish went to Main Arrow with 58.25" and a 31" big fish. Ricky fished in the Shoal Creek area and caught his shallower than the rest of us. They got their better fish on a 20-30' bottom. Down lines were the ticket. 2nd Place went to Cato Marine with 56.5" We had a tie for 3rd with 55.5" between Nauti by Nature and Double Trouble. Lynn had the bigger single fish putting her into 3rd. JR had 4th. Jr switched to leadcore with a Parker spoon to get some mid morning bites. They fished Flowery and Orr. 5th place went to Striper Sniper with 55.25" 6th went to Chaser with 50.75". Bob fished a 50' bottom in a pocket in Mud Creek. It was spaghetti from 6:30 till 8:30. Fish hit moving baits. We did a bunch of power reeling to get bites. We did manage a triple, 2 times. They hit the Parker spoon as well. Pribco got 7th place with 49.5". Lanier Striper had 8th with 48.75". David fished in Flowery and he also switched to leadcore on an 80' bottom for good numbers. 9th went to Fishawn with 47.5". 10th went to Backwoods with 45.75". 11th went to Abercrombie with a 27.5" fish. We had 13 boats fish. One boat blew off the weigh in because they were still catching. Can't blame them. No one fished North of Browns Bridge. The hot spots were Shoal, Big, Young Deer, Flowery, Orr and Mud to name a few. Here is the ticket for fishing right now. Water temps are around 84 degrees. Fish are in pockets near the mouths of creeks. For example, fish at Mountain View in Flat Creek, or Van Pugh in Flowery or Big Creek 3 or 5, to give some ideas. Search a 30-50' bottom, they will show up. Most fish are hanging around brush or timber. Again try to move them out of the timber to the slick spots and power reel until they eat. These fish ate good right out of the box today. It remained strong till about 9ish. After that they seem to scatter in deeper 80 bottoms. Trolling is the most effective way to target these fish. Fish were caught on Topwater today as well. A number of fish are chasing baits up in shall, 30' water. Again the average fish was 22-26" with an occasional 27 or 28" fish. Get used to it. Its a big school and they seemed to fatten up since spring. Big fish were seen chasing Bass in very shallow water (10' or less). They are still here, only their habits have changed.
June 12 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday, June 17th from 6AM till 12:00PM. The bite has been an early one as of lately. Its the type of deal where most boats will catch fish. We are looking for a 60" or better to win. Pay attention to logs from years past. The lake is fishing the way it should for mid June. Water temps are at 80 degrees. Fish downlines on a 30-60' bottom. The South lake will be way more productive than North. Trolling leadcore or Urigs will work. Big fish will come on a Parker Spoon or downline shad. Good luck to all.
May 15 - The May Tournament had a strong turnout with 19 boats. Water temps were in the 72-74 degree range. The day itself was pretty. The heavy rains and storms ended hours before the tournament start. We had mostly cloudy conditions with little wind. Air temps started at 60 degrees and climbed into the mid 70s, once the sun came out. Fishing was strong, with 15 of the 19 boats catching fish. It was a slow start for most. It took some time for the fish to overcome the storms last night and possibly not turn on till the sun peeked through.
1st Place went to Fish Hunter with 55.75". Bob fished North and got his mostly on downlined herring. 2nd Place went to Abercrombie & Fish with 53". They also had Big Fish with 28.25". Bryan got his up North with Parker spoons. 3rd went to Lynn and gang from Nauti by Nature with 52.75" Lynn got hers somewhere around River Forks. 4th went to Backwoods with 52". Jeremy went way up the Hootch but winded up come back down to get his. 5th went to Double Trouble with 51.75". Junior found his in his normal areas around Little River. They got theirs on downlined herring. 6th went to Team Chaser with 50.5". Bob and Keith had the back of Flat Creek all to themselves. Their fish came on 100' freelines. 7th went to Main & Arrow with 50" Ricky got his on downlines North. Striper Sniper also had 50" and had 8th place. 9th place went to Head Honcho/ Honcho & Amigo aka Castillo. Leoenel had 48.25". They were right in the North mix of the other boats. 10th went to Team Greene with 47.5" 11th went to Pribco with 47". Fish Easyhad 45" and 12th place. Nate fished South with downlines. Lanier Striper had 45" as well, good for 13th. 14th went to Back in Black with 43.75". Mike got his on downlines as well. Little River Boys had a single 26" fish for 15th.
The pattern was the same North and South. Three boats stayed South. All three had similar catches as the 16 boats fishing North. Fishing downlines in 50-60' of water was the ticket. Fish were holding in 30'. Umbrella rigs and spooning also played a factor. The separation from 1st to 15th was a mere 5". The average catch was around 23-26"
May 8 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday, May 13th from 6:30AM to 2:00PM. Fishing has been pretty good. There appear to be more fish up North now. Expect them to be headed south. Water temps are between 69 and 70 in the morning. The downline bite has been the most consistent as of lately. Fish have been from a 20-50' bottom for the most part. Topwater and umbrella rigs are still catching fish as well.
The meeting is next Monday, May 15th. We are having a social meet and greet meeting. A night filled with fish stories and camaraderie.
We are looking for some contributions on food and dessert. We have Lewis bringing a couple of Boston Butts as of now. There has been some talk about a low country boil. Respond back and share your ideas. Anyone who can help in cooking or preparing let me know.
April 15 - The April 15th tournament came right during the beginning of the Striper spawning season. Predictions were a mid 60s win. Weather was great with 60 degree start and 80 degree finish. Water temps were 69-71 degrees. A perfect day. How about the fishing. We had 17 boats fish and fishing turned out good for most with 15 boats catching fish. The whole pack ran North, chasing the stripers up lake and river.
1st place with 70" and Big Fish with a 37" male, is Backwoods. Jeremy and Brandon have been more than consistent lately. They got theirs up North, south of the river in 20' or so. They caught them mainly on herring and shad. Freelines and boards did the trick. 2nd Place went to Nauti by Nature with 67.75". Lynn and Josh fish Northwest in mid creek areas. They pulled big and little shad. Managed a good fish on a small gizzard downline. 3rd place went to Team Green with 65.5". Matt stuck it out in one of his favorite watering holes, also Northwest. Simpson Trucking aka Castillo aka Honcho aka Head Honcho had 4th with 60.75" Leonel and Shawn fished south of the Hooch around Ada. They pulled points and put up some numbers. 5th place went to Fintastic with 53.75" Mike and Jim caught theirs in open water on a mix of baits. 6th place went to Hogans Hero's with 52.25". Double Trouble had 52" and 7th Place. They hit Juniors usual Little River area. It paid off in good numbers. Striper Sniper had 50.75" and 8th place. They stayed from Laurel to Clarks Bridge. They fished big baits with no takers. Settled on some medium stripers. Lanier Striper had 9th place a 1/4 of and inch behind with 50.5". Nate of Team Nathan got 10th with 49.75". Nate also put up some numbers. He stayed in 5-10' of water in the back of a creek. He fished from Sardis to Little River area. 11th went to Abercrombie and Fish with 44.5" Bryan stayed out in open water for his. 12th went to Cato Marine Repair with 38". Tony got his just like Bryan. We had 3 teams get a single striper.
Fishing was good. A number of teams fishing for fun had big numbers, both in the backs of creeks as well as open water. The fish have moved off of small baits and keyed in on herring as a diet. Medium shad did account for a good many as well. All fish caught were report as males. The river bite was slow to non existent. Expect the spawn to happen this week and watch for the hungry mature fish to come down the lake some.
April 13 - The Oakwood Striper Club Tournament is this Saturday, April 15th from 7:00Am till 2:00pm. Sign up at OBT.
We are expecting a beautiful day with a low 60's temp to start and heating up to low 80's at finish. Hopefully we will see 20 or more boats again. If we get 20 or more OBT donates a $100 store gift certificate.
Fishing has been good in general. Its settled back in now that the storms are over. The lake is at 1062.43. It rose over a foot from last weeks 3" of rain. The main channel is still a good producer of bites. Fish shiners and herring on freelines over open water. Try fishing main lake points. Fish are staging for their spawn next week. Normally they spawn around the 15th give or take a few days. Water temps in 62-65 and past full moon, we are there. The big fish pattern is a little different. Fishing large shad is going to be the ticket. Try backs of the creeks or large flats of the main channel up and down the lake. Remember, not all fish travel up river to spawn and some fish don't attempt to spawn every year.
The meeting is Monday, April 17th. Our guest speaker is from The Coast Guard Auxiliary for Lake Lanier. The discussion will be boat safety. Maybe we should invite the jet skiers and bass boaters to the meeting. Yes, I just said that!
Good luck to all fishing!
March 18 - Reminder: We have our Striper club meeting on Monday, March 20 at 6:30. The DNR biologists will be giving their presentation on the status of the lake.
March 13 - The March Tournament was a great event. We shared the day with our brothers in the Lanier Club as well as the Team Maggie folks. Team Maggie put on a great event, for a great cause as well. A total of 50 boats fished. The Oakwood Club had 20 boats on the water. Water temps were in the 56-58 degree range. Air temps were a coolish 40 degree start and warmed up to mid 50s. The wind wasn't a factor at 4MPH.
The 1st place team was Striper Sniper with 69" and Big Fish of 36.75". They also won the Team Maggie event and had Big Fish. Hogan's Heros had 2nd with 67.75" Lewis fish in 2 Mile Creek. He also finished 2nd in Maggie. Team Honcho (AKA Castillo/Simpson) had 3rd with 66.75" They also were 3rd in Maggie. Nauti by Nature had 4th with 62". Lynn stayed south for her fish. 5th went to Chaser with 61.5". Bob fished with Keith M in Flat and 2 Mile. 6th went to Backwoods with 60.25". 7th went to Pribco with 60". 8th went to Double Trouble with 53.25". They all fished North, possibly Little River. They caught 20 fish or more. Main Arrow had 9th with 49.75". Ricky fished in Flat and south of there. Back in Black had 47" and 10th place. From here we had a number of teams with solid single fish entries including Abercrombie and Fish with a 34" fish.
The majority of fish were caught on shiners on the surface (no split shot). Most fished them on planers boards and or freelines. Big shad put up a few fish. The shad did their job bringing attention to the spread. Most people complained about numerous blow ups on the shad with few takers. The patterns were all over the place. Fish were caught in 100' of water as well as 5' of water. The school fish (smaller) were scattered over the channels in and around the mouths of the creeks or in the actual main river channel. The better fish seemed to be on humps around this deep water, especially the reef poles. We had 20 or more groups fish in the Maggie Tournament. A few didn't sign up to the Oakwood Tournament saving OBT a $100. Everytime we have 20 or more boats, OBT donates a $100 for a raffle. We recorded 2 skunks in the Oakwood Tournament and OSC had 8 of the top 10 finishes in the Maggie Tournament.
March 7 - The OSC tournament is this Saturday, March 11th. It is a week earlier than normal. We decided as a club to fish along with the TEAM MAGGIE tournament. You do not need to be participating in the Team Maggie tournament to be in the OSC tournament. You can however be in both if you wish. Sign ups for OSC is at Oakwood Bait.
Fish Team Maggie and OSC - $100 entry Team Maggie and $30 entry Oakwood
Fish Team Maggie and OSC points only - $100 entry Team Maggie - sign up OBT $0
Fish OBT only - $30 entry at OBT
Start time is safe light or 6:30AM. Weigh in is at Little Hall Park at the Tournament Pavilion at 2:00. Come by boat or by truck. There is plenty of dock space to tie up to at courtesy docks behind the ramps.
The meeting is still on March 20th. Our guest speakers will be our own Lake Lanier fish biologists from the DNR.
February 20 - The February Tournament turned out to be a jam packed event. We had 22 boats fish in 53 degree waters with some light drizzle mixed with mostly cloudy skies. The prediction was 70". We did better than the weatherman on this one. Team Chaser had 70.25" for 1st place. Bob and Charles fished in the very back of Mud Creek in 20' or less. The big fish came on a Gizzard shad all the rest were on shiners. 2nd Place went to Backwoods with 61". Jeremy and Brandon also stayed south. They got 1 on a trout and the rest on shiners. 3r place went to Fish Hunter with 53.5". Right on their tail was Shawn of Fishawn with 53". Shawn fished in Chetatee Bay. Nauti by Nature had 5th with 52.5". Lynn and the gang had good numbers and also stayed south. Little River boys stayed consistent with 52.25" and 6th place. Lanier Striper had 7th with 51.25". Back in Black had 50.75" and 8th place. Striper Sniper had 9th with 50.25" Rooster and Jeff fished Flat and 2 Mile. Hogans Heros had 10th with 47.75". 11th place and the BIG story of the day went to Bucktales. Buck caught the only fish of the day caught on a herring. It was the Big Fish at 40.75" and 33 pounds. He got it North in Gainesville Creek. Congrats on a great catch. 12th went to Abercrombie and Fish with 42.25". 13th place went to Double Trouble with a single fish at 37". They lucked out and won the OBT raffle or $100 at the weigh in. Anytime there is 20 or more boats, OBT raffles a gift certificate. Team Perko had a 23.25" fish for 14th and Fintastic had a 21.75" for 15th place. We actually had a couple of boats that had fish that didn't make it back to the weigh in on time. So the numbers are 17 boats caught fish. Fishing shiners on the south end of the lake was definitely the best pattern. Fish were caught in Flat, Balus, Mud, 2 Mile, Shoal, Gainesville, Chestatee Bay and Flowery Branch to name a few.
February 15 - The Oakwood Striper Tournament is this Saturday, February 18th, from 7AM to 2PM. Fishing has been very good lately. Not much has changed. Water temps are 53-55 degrees. Stripers are feeding heavy on medium shiners. Big stripers are feeding on shad in the 10-14" size. Fish them shallow. Fish are being caught from 2' of water down to 40'. Freelines and planer boards have been the best success as of late. Have a small jig to throw into schooling fish. Weather for Saturday is great as well. Expect lows to be in the low to mid 40's warming up to 60.
The meeting is Monday, February 20th at 6:30PM. Bill Carson will be our guest speaker. Topics include using fishfinders. More importantly, sonar as well as side imaging.
January 15 - We had a highly unlikely Tournament day. Weather was perfect with a 52 degree start and a high of around 70 degrees. There was good cloud cover mixed with a light breeze 0-5mph. Water temps were around 53 to start and heating up to 55 by mid day. Normal January temps are around 41-42 degrees. We don't see the 50's till late March or early April. Fish were predominately in the backs of the creeks. 1st Place and Big Fish went to Striper Sniper with 71". The big fish was 37.25". Its there 2nd win in a row. Rooster and Jeff pulled large shad in the rear of a Southern creek in 10' or less. They caught 5 or 6 fish and missed a big one. 2nd Place went to Jeremy of Backwoods with 63" Jeremy fished the small shiner pattern on freelines in Flat and Balus. 3rd went to Chaser with 56". Bob fished the same small bait pattern with shiners on #6 hooks on freelines. He fished in Flat with good numbers. 4th went to Nauti by Nature with 54.25". Josh stayed in a south creek as well and also put up good numbers fishing with shiners on freelines. 5th went to Abercrombie and Fish with 53". 6th went to Lanier Striper with 52.75". 7th went to Pribco with 52.5". 8th went to Fishawn with 49.25". 9th went to Higgy with 31.5". Higgy tried his Birthday luck in Shoal. He was on a big school of dieting fish. 10th went to Double Trouble with 26". Junior and gang were the only boat North. They fished in Little River. They found a lot of fish that wouldn't eat. One boat in there had good numbers on the shiner bite. 11th went to A & H with 18". They fished Flowery with the same story, lots of fish but the wrong pattern. All in all we had 14 boats fish a beautiful day. The pattern was almost all freelines. Either as big as you dare to pull or as small as you can get a hook in it. No fish on down lines. We had 1 fish on a trout and 1 or 2 on a herring. Shiners and shad prevail.
January 11 - Its official. The Tournament is this Saturday. Lines in at 7:30AM, weigh in at OBT at 2:30PM. Good luck to all. If the weather pattern sticks, I'm expecting to see good numbers being caught.
January 10 - The OSC Tournament is this Saturday. We need some help on times. Consider that the Falcons are on at 4:30. We have a couple of votes from 7:30-2:30. The weather looks good this week warming up into the 60s. Saturday shows a start of about 52 degrees. That would be nice. Let me know.