You were fishing my home turf!
Posted by: old_user on Aug-02-11 10:19 AM (EST)
You were in my stretch of the Shenandoah! My family has had a riverfront lodge about 1/2 way between Bentonville and the Front Royal public landing for over 35 years....You may have actually passed by me and my gang of cronies as we sat in the swimming hole enjoying a cold beverage out of our bouy cooler. We would have been the ones shouting "Paddle Faster!" and "Don't stand up, those rocks hurt when you bounce your head off them!" LOL
I can tell you that the fishing in that area is outstanding! I have never been skunked on bait, lure, fly, whatever. You may have been falling into some of the 'old standards' which sometimes do not fish well around there....
the trick to getting hits on nearly every cast is to pick your spots well. Look for the ridge at the downstream side of the deeper holes (deeper can be 2-3' or 10'+). Park yourself slightly upstream, and cast about 1 foot in front of the shallow rock ledge. Present your bait across the hole, and WHAMMO! you will get action. Also, presenting lures and fly in the eddy just off the current at the bottom of the ripple/rapid will produce great results..
The best times are sunrise to about 10-10:30 a.m. and in the evening after like 5:30. When the sun is high, the fish seem to lose interest...
The best spin casting baits (aside from live bait which always kills) seem to be smaller birght or flashy lures. I use a 2" Big O which has a BB floating freely in the body, it is green/black striped on top with bright yellow and safety orange on the belly. I have had bass, channel cat and sunfish/bluegill all hit this lure. The cream worms work well on a #4 hook with a split shot or 2 attached just below the loop on the hook line. Also, a few of my cronies like to use a minnow lure with a small shining spoon which spins as the lure is pulled through the water. 4th of July weekend, my buddy Ric was using the smallest minnow lure I have ever seen with a spoon, and landed a 6-7 lb channel cat! This was at freaking noon! (why he was still out there fishing in the heat of high noon is another thread, but a daytime channel cat on a minnow lure is a rarity)
Lastly, my secret weapon is an oldie but goodie.....Lazy Ike! Yes, I still have and use plastic Ikes from the 80's. The fish can't help themselves....
Anyway, I'd love to have you try my little stretch of heaven again, and get better results. Let me know when you will be passing by, we will keep a few cold for you!
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