BY CAPTAIN WAYNE MOORE – USCG LICENSED
Now is the time!
Forecast for Fall / Winter 2021 (Fly Fishing)
I always look back at the past year for what were my best trips and why. Starting in the end of October and all the way through the first week in December were fantastic for stripers and hybrids. Trolling for crappie was good as well.
The main reason was that the water temperatures were in the 60-degree range. Also, there were many mornings that Georgia Power pumped water up from Lake Sinclair. This stimulates the surface bite and for the fly fisherman it’s a beautiful thing.
I’ll always advise my fly-fishing customers of the conditions before the trip. If you spin fish too, that’s a great back up plan.
Hybrids / Stripers (spinning tackle) – This is a great time of year to get on some big hybrids. We deploy many different methods. Long lining bass minnows is easy, productive, and we can cover a lot of water. We also down line minnows and this gives the angler an opportunity to get more numbers of fish.
Finally, my favorite way to catch hybrids and stripers this time of year is following the birds (gulls). Once we see them dive bombing the bait fish we approach carefully from a distance and make long casts with spoons, jiffy jigs, and top water lures.
Here is a Atlanta Falcons cheerleader with a nice Hybrid taken November 21st last year!
From now through Christmas, long lining for crappie should be good mid lake. This is my favorite way to catch crappie. I like to troll double jigs in a June Bug color. This method produces good numbers of fish. If the water temperatures drop, I will get out my long “Pushing” poles. I set up two anglers in the front of the boat and push (very slowly) hal fly type jigs out of the front of the boat. This method generally produces bigger fish.
Book your trip well in advance. I am extremely busy this time of year. If you want to fish this fall / winter bite, please call 404-317-9556 or e-mail me at email@example.com or and lock in your dates.