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Rockyraccoon
09-19-2013, 09:47 AM
Where are all the striper guys at?

Over the last few weeks I've noticed more and more stripers moving up higher and higher on the Clinch River than ever before. Over the years I've seen some large schools here and there but all of a sudden I'm seeing small trout death squads moving and killing trout.

Last week we had three trout on the line that were taken away from us by stripers and countless others that had stripers chasing them while we were bringing them in.

On Monday, it was like watching trout rise. As we drifted down river we watched stripers rolling and thrashing everywhere. Just like trout rising to a hatch.

It was a little concerning to say the least. I know we've had stripers migrating up river for a long time now....but I've never seen them this thick or voracious. Where are the striper killers at these days. :-/

Sandman
09-19-2013, 10:23 AM
I've heard about them moving up but have never seen them. Where have you noticed them on the clinch?

Grannyknot
09-19-2013, 10:33 AM
The striper guys are out and about. Unless you are fishing the high water (2 gens) early in the morning, you probably won't see them.

I've been with them recently, and can post some pictures of absolute monsters that were taken from the river if it eases your mind.

David Knapp
09-19-2013, 01:25 PM
I've been with them recently, and can post some pictures of absolute monsters that were taken from the river if it eases your mind.

Not worried about peace of mind, but pictures of monster stripers? Yes please!!! :cool: I miss chasing the stripers this time of year. Glad someone is having fun...

Grannyknot
09-19-2013, 01:39 PM
Just to clarify, they weren't taken on fly rods.
I'll see if I can find some camera phone shots.

Breck
09-19-2013, 08:07 PM
Granny,

would love to see some striper pics.

Breck

ChemEAngler
09-19-2013, 10:01 PM
Granny,

would love to see some striper pics.

Breck

Hang on now guys, I don't think that kind of stuff is allowed on the board! Oh wait, you said striper pics, not stripper pics.

Rockyraccoon
09-19-2013, 10:16 PM
I saw them in every pool that had at least 3 foot of water from Massengill Bridge to Hwy 61.

They can be caught on low water using the same gear tactics as high water....and a solid 8 - 10 weight fly rod could do it too. Use large (8" -10" flies).

o2bfishin
09-19-2013, 10:37 PM
Over the last few weeks I've noticed more and more stripers moving up higher and higher on the Clinch River than ever before. Over the years I've seen some large schools here and there but all of a sudden I'm seeing small trout death squads moving and killing trout...

...On Monday, it was like watching trout rise. As we drifted down river we watched stripers rolling and thrashing everywhere. Just like trout rising to a hatch.


About two weeks ago, we saw the same kind of activity between Peach Orchard and the bridge. We were catching a few rainbows, including a couple of nice fish, on wooly buggers and BPHTs, but we were also surprised at how many “wolf packs” of 3 or more stripers we saw cruising in very shallow water. A few minutes after having a group of three large fish come within oar’s length of the boat before spooking, I caught a 12’ stocker, which we decided was the perfect size for striper bait. We rigged it on a bait caster with a balloon and let it swim down stream. Soon after, we saw the group of three heading in the direction of the bait.

After a few more minutes, the balloon started moving around nervously. The little trout went airborne trying to escape, but was followed by a huge wake. The fight was on. About 15 or 20 minutes later, I finally brought this 40 lb., 44 inch monster to the boat.

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=119&pictureid=798

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=119&pictureid=802

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=119&pictureid=799

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=119&pictureid=800

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=119&pictureid=801

Who knew that saving the lives of trout (expect the one used as bait, of course) would be so much fun?:biggrin:

David Knapp
09-20-2013, 12:18 AM
Now that's what I'm talking about right there! Great fish!!!

Grannyknot
09-20-2013, 08:38 AM
Here's one I found from earlier this summer.
Its not me, its a buddy of mine, hence the disguise to protect the innocent....since most think striper fishermen are scum of the earth.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh256/CodyEdrington/Fish%20Pictures/b7955aa3-e1c3-4f35-af1b-dcf2ee079f29_zps481502c9.jpg

MadisonBoats
09-20-2013, 09:54 AM
About two weeks ago, we saw the same kind of activity between Peach Orchard and the bridge. We were catching a few rainbows, including a couple of nice fish, on wooly buggers and BPHTs, but we were also surprised at how many “wolf packs” of 3 or more stripers we saw cruising in very shallow water. A few minutes after having a group of three large fish come within oar’s length of the boat before spooking, I caught a 12’ stocker, which we decided was the perfect size for striper bait. We rigged it on a bait caster with a balloon and let it swim down stream. Soon after, we saw the group of three heading in the direction of the bait.

After a few more minutes, the balloon started moving around nervously. The little trout went airborne trying to escape, but was followed by a huge wake. The fight was on. About 15 or 20 minutes later, I finally brought this 40 lb., 44 inch monster to the boat.

Who knew that saving the lives of trout (expect the one used as bait, of course) would be so much fun?:biggrin:

I am going to have to get out there with the Dr. and learn to striper fish. Nice fish and good job landing! I have yet to land a striper on a fly rod. I will have to give it a try this weekend if the crew cooperates.:smile:

Here's one I found from earlier this summer.
Its not me, its a buddy of mine, hence the disguise to protect the innocent....since most think striper fishermen are scum of the earth.

Man, that is a huge fish! I could imagine your arms were exhausted after landing that monster.

o2bfishin
09-20-2013, 10:49 PM
Like Grannyknot said in his post, for the record, this fish was not caught on the fly. It was hard enough getting it in with a bait caster. I can't even imagine landing one like that on a fly rod!

Corbo
10-22-2013, 07:42 AM
Okay;

Corbo is late to this striper party! Has anyone any idea if they are still around?

Wilson10
08-11-2014, 05:16 PM
I've been seeing several stripers caught around peach orchard over the last few weeks.

Joe Congleton
08-11-2014, 05:55 PM
They are as thick this year as when Rocky posted this earlier…right in the hole at Peach orchard ramp several are in the forty to perhaps fifty pound range. I have called all the striper guys l know and begged them to come up there and work them over. I have seen them bust trout throughout the entire length of the river from 75 bridge down. Somebody put a come and gettum post on Tndeer Forum and a bunch of folks came fishing for them but there are still hundreds or more there.

fourx
08-15-2014, 11:36 AM
The lower Clinch has been fishing bad for the last 2yrs.
IMO-The stripers are the primary culprit.
The lower Soho is fishing poorly as well.
Sadly, gone are the glory days us old- timers once knew.

4X

Wilson10
08-18-2014, 01:54 PM
The lower Clinch has been fishing bad for the last 2yrs.
IMO-The stripers are the primary culprit.
The lower Soho is fishing poorly as well.
Sadly, gone are the glory days us old- timers once knew.

4X

YES, Lower clinch hasn't been the "good" since 2010-11 IMO
YES
YES

Its sad, I didn't know that about the South Holston. Wonder what it'll take for them to admit its a problem and actually do something?
TU - clinch river doesn't think its affecting Trout much at all last time I asked them. I was told that the amount of stocked trout far surpasses the amount taken by stripers and that trout fisherman wouldn't really notice a difference. I disagree and feel its certainly gotten worse of the past couple years. I'm sure there are some other variables in this equation, but like 4x stated I feel the Stripers are the main culprit. If anyone here is heavily active in the Clinch chapter of TU feel free to offer opinions.

Thanks


FWIW - I do have friends that are targetting them and I encourage them to KILL em ALL :)

ChemEAngler
08-18-2014, 10:00 PM
I think we should have a dedicated river cleanup weekend where all concerned trout fisherman try to catch and keep/kill their limit of stripers... I am seriously contemplating going to my traditional trout waters (which also have been down the past two years) and trying to eliminate some of those wolves from the food chain!

Wilson10
08-19-2014, 04:56 PM
I think we should have a dedicated river cleanup weekend where all concerned trout fisherman try to catch and keep/kill their limit of stripers... I am seriously contemplating going to my traditional trout waters (which also have been down the past two years) and trying to eliminate some of those wolves from the food chain!


Travis,

Just let me know when you wanna go. Give me a call :biggrin: