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Old 09-19-2013, 09:47 AM
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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. :-/
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:23 AM
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I've heard about them moving up but have never seen them. Where have you noticed them on the clinch?
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:33 AM
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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.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:25 PM
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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!!! I miss chasing the stripers this time of year. Glad someone is having fun...
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:39 PM
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Just to clarify, they weren't taken on fly rods.
I'll see if I can find some camera phone shots.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:07 PM
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Default Need to see some striper pics!!

Granny,

would love to see some striper pics.

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Old 09-19-2013, 10:37 PM
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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.











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Now that's what I'm talking about right there! Great fish!!!
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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.

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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.

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