Family Summer Camp Dates and Times
At this time this is all the information that we have on Summer Camp but the event dates will be June 9-July 15. As soon as more information is given to us here at the store it will be put online and on our facebook. You dont want to miss this event!
Charlie Bowles- Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff
Johnny Morris Carbonlite Rods and Reels
BPS 100mph Gortex
When the water reaches the magic temperature of 55 degrees Bass will “stage” or move towards the shallower creeks and coves. During this period the Bass will “wake up” and get much more active than they have been in the winter. The lower end of the lake is going to warm before any other area. Dike 3, Valentine Cove, Levy Creek, Rockland Creek, and Dukes Creek will be great areas to concentrate your efforts. Use ½ ounce to ¾ ounce Spinnerbaits, 5” Jerkbaits, and ¼ ounce swimjigs and swimbaits. Don’t forget your favorite variety of finesse baits when the bite gets a little tougher or you are trying to follow up the other baits. I also like to use lizards and senko type baits on a Carolina rig. This technique allows you to cover a lot of water and detect changes in the bottom.
There are lots of stripers in the Dike 3 area. Many of the larger Stripers will be caught in the main rivers near Terrys run, S-turns, Christopher run, and Duck in hole creek. ¼ ounce to ½ ounce Swimbaits and Jerkbaits will be very productive in these areas. If you are a live bait fisherman use a shallow presentation during low light and overcast days. During bright sunlight go out to deeper feeding flats and use down lines.
Watch for Crappie to move to some of the 15 ft rock piles and bridge pilings later in the month. Use 2” pearl grubs and tubes and small and medium minnows.
Tierra del Fuego
I was greeted by a welcoming rush of balmy air as I exited the customs area in Buenos Aires, Argentina having left a mild but winter season in Virginia. It was the 17th of February. I had completed my first segment of my annual trip to host groups to Tierra del Fuego. I return for specific several weeks each year during the prime summer season at the Despedida Lodge on the Rio Grande River. I was returning for my fifteenth year to bring groups to fish the spawning run of the legendary Brown Trout there.
I enjoyed the ride into center city with the other fishers headed to a local hotel for the necessary overnight. We chatted about puffery reports broadcasted by E mails by lodges desperate to fill empty still spaces. This hype is normal and often is embellished overlooking the true conditions on stream. We all had other adventures completed since we had seen each other.
We gathered in the lobby after freshening up and some members napping to go our choice of the many wonderful restaurants Buenos Aires has to offer. I suggested as always that all make it an early evening as we must again gather in the lobby at 4:00 A.M. the next morning, transfer to the domestic airport for a 5:00 A.M. flight to Rio Grande city 1500 miles to the south on the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. Argentina is a very long country! Most enjoy a three hour nap on this segment.
Danny Lajous, the owner of Despedida Lodge had arranged for a small bus to transfer our group to the lodge. Our driver was welcoming and after checking to make sure all the luggage had arrived asked if anyone needed anything from town before we were to leave for the forty minute drive to the lodge. We went to a local super market that had a good supply of spirits and of course foodstuffs then we were off to the lodge! Spirits were high!
We continued towards the lodge through pasture like rolling small hills. During the journey where we some saw the many geese that had migrated in the south for their summer nesting and Guanacos, the camel family animal of the pampas. These graceful creatures are cousins to the Llama ,Vicuñas and Alpaca and have become a nuisance eating the grasses that the estancia (farm) owners want for the beef industry. Their invasive numbers have swollen as our Virginia Whitetail Deer population becoming a menace to safe driving and deleterious to home gardening. In this area of Argentina they have no predator.
When we arrived at the lodge Danny ushered us to the comfortable living room while the driver unloaded the bus stacking the luggage and rod cases in the vestibule of the lodge.
Danny was as animated as I ever seen him…downright giddy! He made a huge mistake of talking non-stop about the successes of the week past, size and numbers of fish we dream about for the individual weeks. You know what is coming I feel sure.
But, he explained, the Rio Grande River is the lowest and coldest I have ever seen it in my thirty year of fishing the river. I was not aware that one of these conditions would impact the strike percentage…the cold. I found over the next ten days that a few degrees Centigrade as from 3 to 9 made an enormous difference. These fish are not feeding. In fact, their alimentary system has closed down as they entered the fresh water river for the more important activity of the spawn.
Spey and Switch rods 9 foot at a minimum with rare exception are the favorites for this river. They are easy for most than to fight the winds of the area with a single handed rod. I have never observed a situation personally where the two handed rod would make a difference in the strike numbers; however; I have observed when a fisher’s limited knowledge of the correct single handed cast was aided by the extended length of the two hander…somewhat like giving an aspirin to a dying man ( couldn’t resist this comparison )!
The methods of fishing sometimes called for skating Bombers, Stimulators and Wulff style dry flies across the bottom of the pools late afternoon. Also, the dead drift of Copper Johns, Princes, and Hares Ear nymphs sometimes adorned with bead or cone heads. These were impossibility small flies. Size 16 and 18 were used successfully. Dropper rigs were popular producers with long Fluorocarbon leaders at a minimum of twelve feet.
The casting of large, articulating black and olive streamers, size 4 the last hour of the island’s extended sunset have always consistently been effective and were this season as well.
The fly lines one normally used this time of year here with sinking tips of 300 gr. and heavier were useless in all but few pools. Most were urged by guides to use floating lines and made individually effective in each pool by the adjustment of the terminal tackle .
The pools controlled by the lodge are named and assigned so that under normal conditions a participant will fish different waters every morning and afternoon of the week. These low water conditions caused adjustments to schedules as well as tackle.
The words you have read were about my arrival and the first of three weeks that I control each season. I returned to Richmond, Virginia in the United States on 3 March and shortly received an E from the lodge that the following week the river warmed ever so slightly and the fishing vastly improved, “you should have been here last week”. A list of clients had caught fish over 20 pounds with the top fish a lovely 25 bright chrome specimen.
Pools change, come and go each season, on this river’s serpentine route under the jurisdiction of ice flows, winds and the snow melt from the Andes within sight to the south. The river always has her nature’s armor but releases the bounty of fine sport to those who do their homework, have proper tackle and persevere. This location undoubtedly still reigns as the premier sea run Brown Trout fishery in the world.
If you have an interest in getting details concerning joining me on this adventure in 2013 I shall be booking between 16 February through 9 March on a Saturday to Saturday basis. I can be contacted on my Website:
( www.hanoverfly.com )
Congratulations to the five overall winners of the Big Cat Quest Challenge held at Osborne Landing in Richmond, VA on March 17, 2012. This was an hourly tournament in which above and below weight is based on a one fish weigh-in.
There were 158 entries this year, and we are very proud to have had 49 young anglers participate! Anglers who participated came from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and Virginia. At the BCQ, all anglers 12yrs and younger fished for free. Some of the kids took home some serious cash. All young anglers who weighed-in received a Plano tackle box, in addition to cash prizes ranging from $20 to $100. The total cash payback including wildcards and payouts for the tournament was $13,370.
Tournament day was absolutely beautiful, with temperatures reaching into the low eighties with a five to eight mile per hour wind. The weather turned partly cloudy, and it was just the perfect day to be on the water or at the weigh-in, as several hundred people choose to do.
Special thanks to our friends at the Lily Pad for the use of their facility to conduct the polygraph test, and to the Richmond Virginia Bass Pro Shops for all their hospitality during the Friday night registration. The goody bags with BPS hats, water, stress fish and discount coupons for anglers were a very nice touch. Also, a very special thanks to Eric Huefner and Pete Coberly for providing hot dogs and drinks to all the anglers. The Richmond Bass Pro Shops store and staff are always first class!!!
The next stop for BCQ is the Big Cat Action in Columbus, Georgia. Southern Hospitality 2012 is shaping up to be an awesome BCQ year. We hope to see you there, and as always, “The Best is Yet to Come in 2012!!!”
March is here, and the early spring weather will play a great part in the spring run of Fish. Here are the main focus points of the fishing opportunities to be had at this time.
Crappie and Yellow Perch (Ring Perch):
Right now is the time to get in on the great Crappie and Perch fishing that is going on. The mild winter weather is providing better fishing days for these species. Common tactics for these species will be curly tailed grubs, beetle spins, in-line spinner baits, small spinner baits, Cicada type blade baits, small crank baits and small swim baits. These fish will also bite live baits such as minnows and night crawlers with equal enthusiasm. This fishery should remain good till mid to late March.
Herring and Shad (Hickory and American):
NOTE: As of this year, it is illegal for anyone to have river Herring in their possession. http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/regulations/
The Shad fishing hot spots on the James River will be the 95 bridge to the fall line. When the Shad are in full swing boating and Kayak traffic will increase in this area. In addition to fly fishing, Shad are easily caught on Shad darts, Shad spoons, Sabiki rigs and plastic Crappie jigs. This fishery is most fun when using light tackle in the 2 – 6 pound range. Shad typically average in the two pound range, and they put up a great fun fight on the light/ ultra-light tackle with plenty of areal displays, these fish will occasionally be called the “light tackle fresh water Tarpon”. While fishing for Shad you will catch Herring as well. It would be very wise to pay close attention to the Moratorium in effect this year. Also if you are keeping Shad for bait, please keep in mind that there are two different species of Shad, American and Hickory, and you cannot possess American Shad. The number one distinctive feature is that Hickory Shad are darker and have a lower jaw that extends past the upper jaw bone, like a tarpon, and the American Shad are more silver in color, and have equal length jaw bones. The fishing for these fish will be good starting in March, and could go as late as mid April.
Striped Bass (Rock fish):
The Striper, as well as all other big game fish, will follow the Shad and Herring up the rivers on their annual migration to spawn. This gives local anglers a fun opportunity to catch these fish in good numbers, and it is not uncommon to land fish over the 20 pound mark. This is a catch and release fishery, so try to use lure hooks that are easily removed to cause the least amount of stress to the fish. For the fisherman who uses chunked Shad, circle hooks are the safest bet for this type of fishing to help reduce the gut hooked fish that may not survive. Typical lures used will be larger swim baits, wake baits, crank baits, jointed twitch baits and top water lures like Zara Spooks, or Chuggers. The top color pattern of all these lures will be Shad or Herring.
The Blue and Channel Catfish begin stirring this month with the opportunity of large fish being caught. Your best bait by far will be cut Hickory Shad, with Gizzard Shad being a good second option. Your typical “Carolina” type slider rig will be your most productive rig to use with the flat river style weights. Fish near the shoreline of the James River in the slower moving water, pay attention to drop-offs, deep holes, and sunken trees. These areas will be your most productive.
Spot and Croaker:
As these fish begin to show up this month, your best tackle options will be a standard two hook bottom rig, baited with Squid, Shrimp, Blood Worms, and artificial scent bait like Gulp or Fish Bites. Medium Heavy tackle will provide plenty of fun for these scrappy fighters for the whole family.
Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum:
Warm days will encourage these fish to eat more often, and begin their shift from their oceanic hide outs into the Bay. Medium weight tackle will be sufficient enough to handle these fighting fish, providing plenty of fun. Mirro lures, curled tail grubs, paddle tail grubs and scented baits like the Gulp shrimp will be the best go-to lures for these fish.
Things to Prepare for:
With the Spring fisheries around the corner, now is a great time to get prepared for the fishing you will do later. Re-spooling reels, lubing bearings, replace hooks, dust off the rods, and re-stock missing tackle. Monofilament line pretty much has a one year life span, so it is best to start the year off with good line. Look at your rods, the reel seats on the rods, and the guides. With the nice fishing weather here, it will continue to get better, so prepare now and enjoy your fishing year!
Before venturing out on the water this year, make sure your boat is ready for the summer season. We have a full staff of certified technicians to service your Tracker boat or your Mercury motor. Whether it is a tune up or a complete overhaul, we have the individuals with the expertise to deliver your boat in the best performing condition, just in time for the upcoming season.
Check our service specials in store, and make an appointment for top notch service at respectable prices. We service what we sell, and we will be happy to provide estimates on brands that we do not sell. While your boat is getting serviced for the long season ahead, it might be a good time to upgrade your electronics or install that perfect trolling motor. At Bass Pro Shops, we install just about everything we sell.
Located just off I-95, Bass Pro Shops is the most convenient place to bring your boat for any service need. We have a well lit, fenced and secure area for your boat, and we take great pride in caring for your equipment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can quickly service your boat, and get you back on the water in the shortest time possible. The path to a safe and successful boating season starts with proper maintenance. We are ready and able to provide you with the service you need, and the peace of mind that you deserve.
Please contact the service department at 804-496-4666 and we look forward to seeing you soon!
We will be hosting a kid’s fly casting day here at Bass Pro Shops on Saturday March 24th, 2012 from 12 noon to 4:00pm. Come out and learn the art of Fly casting with our pro staff team and develop the love and passion for fly casting. We will be doing drawing to receive a brand new fly casting combo from the white river fly shop. Young, old, experienced and beginners you don’t want to miss this opportunity! Ages 16 and under.
Here it is about 2 weeks before spring turkey season in Virginia. Everyone is getting excited, and getting their hunting clothes and calls ready for the big day. So let’s talk turkey. Below is a list of some of the calls turkeys use to communicate with each other.
These are basic calls but executed properly, they do work. For more information about upcoming seminars at your nearest Bass Pro Shop, go to www.basspro.com, find your store location, and then go to the seminar page.
Are you or your spouse into fishing our camping? Now that the weather is getting warmer, you might start thinking about getting ready for the season. Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of equipment and clothing for many of your favorite outdoor activities.
Take advantage of our regular Military Discount Days at our Outdoor World retail stores. It starts the 15th of every month and lasts one week. It's coming up soon this month, so check out the details at https://basspro.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/559. Then go enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer.
Now you can relive all your favorite Easter memories plus pass important family traditions on to your own children without it costing you a dime at Bass Pro Shops. There’s no better time to get great outdoor memories started than during this first official event of spring.
Visit the Bass Pro Shops in your area March 31st through April 8th* and bring the kids to take part in the free, fun Easter activities they have planned for the whole family. Kids will have fun doing the crafts and Mom and Dad will really enjoy the free photo opportunity for the kids as they visit the Easter Bunny. And, of course, there’s the time honored tradition of an old-fashion Easter Egg Hunt.
Saturdays, March 31st and April 6, from 11am-3pm and Sundays, April 1st and April 8, from 1-4pm bring the kids to have their FREE 4x6 photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Pictures may also be taken Monday through Friday, April 2nd -6th from 6-8pm. An old fashioned Easter Egg hunt for kids ages 2-10 will be held Saturdays and Sundays, March 31st and April 1st and April 7th and 8th from 1-2pm. Registration for the Easter Egg hunt will be at 12:30pm with the hunt beginning promptly at 1pm and lasting only until 2pm.
Kids can enjoy fun crafts like making a foam magnet Easter Egg photo frame Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st from noon to 3pm. Then they can make an Easter Suncatcher or decorate their own Easter Egg** Friday, April 6th from 6-8pm and Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th from noon to 3pm.
Bring the family to Bass Pro Shops this spring and enjoy making some great Easter memories.
Bass Pro Shops welcomes back The Big Cat Quest Challenge to the James River. The tournament will be held on March 17, 2012 at Osborne Landing. The tournament guarantees more than $10,000.00 Cash Payback!!! The registration will be here at Bass Pro Shops on March 16, 2012 at 5pm.
Visit www.kenfreemanoutdoorpromotions.com for more information
February Fishing On Lake Anna
By Charlie Bowles
Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff
BPS Carbonlite Baitcasting Combos
BPS Pro Qualifier Spinning Combos
Seaguar Fluorocarbon Line (8-14 lb test)
BPS Enticer Rattling jigs
BPS Lazer Eye Spinner Baits
BPS Squirmin Shad
Food for thought
Fishing in the month of February can be very productive for those who have the patience to find the fish. The weather plays an important role in the fish’s activity level and desired depth ranges. While you will sometimes find them together, Striped Bass and Largemouth can have very different reactions to these changes. For example, during a cold snap with snow and overcast you may find Stripers in the shallows or close to the surface, suspended over deep water. On that same day the Bass may be very localized and closer to bottom structure. The opposite may be true during a warming trend. Striped Bass are very light sensitive, which will sometimes cause them to go deeper on sunny days. Largemouth prefer higher temps in the winter and will orient to hard clay banks and rocks providing warmer water. In either case, the cold water temperatures cause a fish’s metabolism to drop significantly, causing slower movement and less activity than in warmer months. It is very important to remember this and adjust your presentation and retrieve appropriately.
Bass will not be willing to move very far or fast for a meal this month... you’ll be able to find fish on main lake points, drop offs, deep structure and occasionally near the backs of creeks. If you do find them in the backs of the creeks there are probably a lot of them, as they are likely an easy meal of dying shad. Threadfin shad begin to die off when the water temp is around 44 degrees. This “shad kill” may not be as prevalent as past years due to the mild weather, but is still worth noting. This month offers one of the best opportunities to catch Trophy Bass in Anna. Find fish holding on structure or brush in the 15-25 ft range… maybe even deeper in crystal clear water. One option is to run jumbo shiners on slip bobbers about 12-22ft down. This technique can produce enormous Lake Anna Bass. If you’re not interested in fishing with live bait, patience is the name of the game. On warmer days target rocks, humps, and hard clay banks adjacent to deep water with suspending jerk baits. A super slow retrieve with a swim bait or white spinner bait with willow blades can be deadly on deeper structure and drop offs. Make sure to maintain contact with the bottom. And don’t forget to follow up with rattling jigs and shaky heads to entice a bite from a monster bass. Persistence will pay of, just stick with it and remember that patience is key.
If you have a choice, fish during overcast weather. With the lower light conditions, the stripers may stay in the shallows and aggressively feed throughout the day. If you choose to go out on brighter days, it should be most productive during early morning and late evening. You can also find some deep water jigging and trolling action during the middle of the day. Use indicators like birds and bait to locate the fish. You’ll need to use your sonar to identify the size, quantity, and depth of the fish. Look for broken schools of bait and large arches that are closely grouped together… This usually indicates feeding stripers. Early in the morning start fishing shallow in about 6 feet of water on submerged islands, humps, and points, I start with a 6ft. 6 med rod and reel with 10 - 12 lb. mono with a 4” - 6” suspending jerk bait. Usually followed by a ¼ to 3/8 ounce jig head with a 4 inch pearl swim bait. As the sun comes up the fish will move deeper with exception to those prime overcast days. If the sunlight pushes the fish to deeper water then its time to fish the points and river channels with a heavier (3/8 to ½ ) ounce jig head rigged with a 4 inch pearl shad body. If you notice fish on the edges of the river channels you may want to vertical jig a ¾ ounce spoon or blade bait. Make sure to have at least 4 rods rigged up and ready to go so you can adapt to changing conditions and be ready for any explosive feeding action that may go down… One with a jerk bait, one with a light swim bait, another with a heavy swim bait, and the last with a jigging spoon or blade bait. If the fish seem to be spread out over the river channel becoming difficult to land by casting, try trolling. You can cover lots of water and consistently keep your baits within the “strike zone”. Run your boat as slow as you can (2-MPH), if you are above the 4 mph mark you may need a trolling plate or drift socks to slow your boat down. Umbrella rigs, 3 way rigs, and deep diving crankbaits are generally your best bet. The stripers will likely be from 20-30 foot deep when it is time to troll.
Plenty of tasty slab sides can be caught in the deeper brush piles throughout the lake. A 5-7 ft medium light action spinning rod with 4-6 pound test is a great set up for catching Lake Anna Specks. Look for brush in the 20 ft range and jig small blade baits, pearl tube jigs and small spoons. You can also use small and medium minnows on a split shot rig or a slip bobber.
If you have any questions or need more information about fishing Lake Anna feel free to call me at 540-287-3591
Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff
Come and join us on March 3 and 4 for Predator Calling with the expert Sheri Baity. She is the best caller that we know and she is going to teach you how to get your predator calling on.
Also her website is http://www.crowsnestcalls.com
Stop by the fudge shop on upcoming weekends to taste some of the very best from Uncle Bucks Mix. We will be having Cooking Demos and sampling every Saturday in the month of March. The demonstrations will start at 1pm.
February 25th- Uncle Bucks Fish Fry Samples
March 3rd - Funnel Cake Samples
March 10th - Fruit Cobbler Samples
March 17th - Salsa
March 24th- Summer Sausage & Mustard
March 31st - Chicken Fry Samples
JLM Military Award
Congratulations to our founder Johnny Morris on being awarded the prestigious Order of Saint Maurice by the National Infantry Association and the Chief of Infantry of the United States Army. The award is given to those who have made significant or outstanding contributions to the Army infantry which we do through our involvement with USO, AMVETS, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Wounded Warriors and many others.
Sporting Classics Award
We are proud to announce Sporting Classics magazine has named Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris one of the 30 Greatest Sportsmen over the last 100 years. To be included with names like Theodore Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Zane Grey, Lee and Joan Wulff, Bill Jordan and other is quite an honor. The 30 men and women that were selected were chosen because their foresight, entrepreneurship and innovation significantly influenced our favorite outdoor pastimes.
This past Christmas Bass Pro Shops- Richmond, VA held a total of four Santa’ Breakfasts to benefit the Hanover Arc.
Hanover Arc is a private non-profit organization with a membership of over 500 individuals, families, professionals, citizens and friends. Hanover Arc creates opportunities for individuals with or at risk of intellectual and other developmental disabilities to grow and change. We sold breakfast tickets to support the breakfast and all of the proceeds go to the Arc.
This year we were able to bless Hanover Arc with Islamorada Fish Company and a team of volunteers each Saturday with $5240.00 thanks to our customers. This enabled us to have a very successful event
Outdoor Rewards program
You might say well “What is the Outdoor Rewards Program?” Well it is our way of saying "Thank you for being our customer!" Every time you make a purchase with your Outdoor Rewards card, you will earn a percentage of it back toward future cash purchases. You will earn 2% on all non-Bass Pro Shops branded merchandise, and 4% on all Bass Pro Shops branded merchandise. You can also earn 1% on purchases made outside of our stores with the Bass Pro Shops® Outdoor Rewards Visa card.
Once you have signed up for the Outdoor Rewards program, you will automatically earn points on orders placed online or through the catalog. To earn Rewards points at a Bass Pro Shops, simply present your Outdoor Rewards card to your cashier upon checkout and the points will be added to your account.
The amount of points earned will vary based on the item(s) purchased. A certain percentage of the purchase will be added to your Rewards account, as seen below:
Points are earned on qualifying merchandise only. Payments made by gift cards will be deducted from the merchandise total before points are accumulated. The purchaser of the gift card you are redeeming earned the Rewards points with the exception of Bass Pro Shops gift cards purchased outside of our stores.
March is coming up, and the pre-spawn patterns are getting ready to come into action. For the month of February into March the productive patters will be Crank Baits, Lipless Rattling Baits, Spinner Baits and Jerk Baits. For colder days, the Jigs on the bottom would be most productive. February is also the prime time for stocked trout streams to begin producing. The best baits to search for these trout will be small the in-line spinners, trout nuggets, and scent baits in a worm shape. This is mainly an ultra light fishery, so 2-6 pound test outfits will provide the best fight for these smaller panfish.
When fishing cooler water temperatures with a jig, set up a drop shot 2 foot above your jig. The slow action of the jig combines with the drop shot giving you two different methods for slow fish in one set up.
The word in Salt water fishing is STRIPER. This year has been very productive season for large striper, with many 40 pound plus fish coming to the boats. The pinnacle of this season has been the new state record Striper being caught (74 pounds). In addition to a stellar Striper season, the Blue Fin Tuna have been very productive in large numbers with fish going into the 400 pound category. Many of these fish are being caught within the 3 mile boundary, surprising many of the Striper fishermen with lost tackle. The majority of these fish are being caught on Mojo’s, Umbrella, and Tandem rigs with the primary colors being pearl, chartreuse, and blue. With warm water temperatures and mild winter weather, it looks as if this season will be productive thru this month.
While trolling your spread for Stripers, keep a vertical jigging rod or two rigged up with 7-9 ounce lures and ready for action. When the boat traffic begins to get high in your area, expand your capabilities by being ready. Watch your sounder, and when you pass over a finicky school of fish, drop your vertical jig to the bottom, and work your vertical jig while still trolling (be mindful of trolling spread). After a few jigs with the rod let out line again. This will offer a different lure to those fish. When you hook up, allow that fish to swim up and back, and even into your spread. Many times Stripers will follow the hooked fish, and competition will often produce more hook ups in your spread.