HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! This month kicks off the outdoor show season. The first show of the year is The Richmond Fishing Expo Jan 17-19 in Doswell Va at the Meadow Event Park. Fish Tales will be there with new tackle from DAMIKI, as well as super deals on the NEW LEW’S BB1 PRO CASTING REEL & ALL FOUR MODELS OF NEW LEW’S SPINNING REELS. TFO RODS built by GARY LOOMIS, IZORLINE, NORTH ANNA BAIT COMPANY and much more! I will be there talking fishing at the Fish Tales booth as well as booking fishing trips for 2014!
Here is the entire show schedule for 2014 that I will be attending…….
Jan 17-19 Richmond Fishing Expo Meadow Event Park Doswell Va
Feb 15-16 OCHS Anglers Club Outdoor Show Orange High School Orange Va
Feb 21-23 Western Va Sport Show Agusta Expoland Fishersville Va
BASS- Fishing is in FULL BLOWN WINTER PATTERN at this time. Look for fish to be on main lake points, channel bends, humps, rock piles and deep brush piles. On sunny days, the fish will move up in the water column to feed. My favorite baits this time of year are suspending jerk baits, blade baits like the Damiki Vault & Riverside Ripper, Toothache Spoons and Pig & Jig combinations. Look for schools of bait fish and the fish should not be to far behind them. Diving birds like Loons are a great indicator of bait fish being present.
STRIPER- The striper are spread out throughout the lake at this time. There are schools down lake in the Dike 3 area, around the mouth of Sturgeon Creek, the Splits have been a hot zone lately. Cast the North Anna Bait Co. Swim N Minnow rigged on a 1/4oz jig head to schools of feeding fish. Once the fish go deeper in the water column, it is time to break out the blades and spoons and vertical jig them up! If you see the Gulls diving, being stealthy is a must. Do not run all the way up to them, this will spook the feeding fish. Shut your boat down at least 100 yards from the activity and ease in with the trolling motor, casting the entire way!
CRAPPIE- The Specks are really schooled up on the bridge pilings at this time. Small minnows rigged on either slip bobbers or on a jig head will produce the best results. Look for them to be from 12-30 feet of water.
LAKE LEVEL- FULL POOL
DIKE 3- MID 50’S
MID LAKE- LOW TO MID 40’S
UP LAKE- UPPER 30’S- LOW 40’S
DOWN LAKE- CLEAR
MID LAKE- SLIGHT STAIN
UP LAKE- HEAVY STAIN
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ARSON JIG’S PRO STAFF
RHINO TUFF CUSTOM CRANKBAITS PRO STAFF
IZORLINE INTERNATIONAL PRO STAFF
TFO RODS PRO STAFF
EYE SURRENDER PRO STAFF
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