(I started writing this earlier so excuse any repeated info)
Erawk and I participated in the Nevada Striper Club June Open tournament this past weekend. It was my first Striper Club tourney, and I had a blast.
First, I have to start by saying that the Striper Club is one hell of a group. They put together a great tourney, with great prizes, great competition, and an amazing, free barbeque that could have fed 200. The camaraderie in this group is superb - everyone was more than willing to share information on spots and techniques, and Iamthesmf (Toby) even let us anchor right next to his boat when he was on the fish.
These guys know what they are doing too. Some boats pulled in literally HUNDREDS of fish in a matter of about 2 days. If you want to learn how to catch stripers, go to some of the Club meetings and ask!
Erawk and I started in the Boulder Basin on Friday night . He brought 22lbs of sushi grade sardines and 20 lbs of dry ice. We chummed til my boat was covered in fish pieces, and we didn't get one single bite from 8:30pm til 6am. It was rough. We moved a bit and just never found fish. Come sun-up we were doing well catching largemouth and smallmouth, but that wasn't going to do us any good. We trolled up a small striper on a crankbait, and then found Toby and caught a couple more bait fishing next to him. It was about 9:30am at that point, and we left to catch up on some sleep.
I went to work Saturday night, and we were back on the water at 4am Sunday morning. We weren't happy with our success in the Boulder Basin, so we took the drive to Echo and launched in the dark. With the bait plan abandoned for the most part, we set out trolling lines and started covering water. We picked up a few standard size fish trolling deep diving cranks, but as the sun came up, the stripers went deep.
We were marking fish suspended in 35-70 feet of water, so we added some lead and sent our crankbaits down to them! It worked, and that big fish was the next to hit the deck. We landed another 6 or 7 fish on the ghetto-downrigger-setup before we called it a day at 10am and headed for weigh-in.
The whole thing was awesome. I will most definitely be participating in more Nevada Striper Club tournaments, and I will become a dues paying member before the next event.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CLUB!
Thank you guys for the opportunity to fish - you are a great group of fishermen (and women).
Here are a few more pics-
Visit the Nevada Striper Club Website HERE! The Whizzle
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