Happy New Year to you all! Thanks so much for making 2014 another record year for Carters Lake Guide Service. I hope to see you all back on my boats again this year! Fishing is slowing a bit for numbers but as most of you know this is the time to catch a big Spotted Bass or Striper, so if you can brave the cold drop me a line and lets get out there. Check out this personal best 4lb Spotted Bass caught by Isaac! Great fish buddy! 4lb Spotted Bass *PLUS* a drop shot rig *PLUS* 5lb Sunline *PLUS* a St Croix Avid 6'9 Med Lt rod EQUALS FUN!
As most of you know I'm a huge advocate of getting your kids out on the water at a young age. I've been taking my little girl since she was old enough to walk. Recently I took her out for a few hours while she was enjoying her Christmas break from school. I realized just how far she's come over the past couple of years. She's noticing things now that honestly blows my mind. Things like water clarity and picking out fish on the graph, it's crazy for a 7 year old but it's a testimate to how much they pick up and are listening. I've had clients for years ask me "how old do my kids need to be?" I'm sure it's different with every child but one thing I always say is, don't worry about "keeping them quiet" or "their attention span" the most important thing is getting them out and catching fish, period. Being outdoors and experiencing outdoor activities is so much more developmental than sitting in front of a computer or TV. I realize this time of year isn't often condusive to having kids out, but plan ahead and make sure to get them out regularly. This is a fantastic resource for our kids to enjoy!
As you guys know I've been supported by St Croix Rods since 2009. This is the ONLY Rod I use on my boats! I always like for everyone to be aware of any promo's or savings going on with St Croix so here's the latest. Here's a quick how-to on this promo....
1. Purchase a St Croix valued @ $80 or more
2. Take the tag off the rod mail it with the coupon you print from stcroixrods.com, along with $9.95 shipping
3. MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE 01-30-2015
Spotted Bass: Fishing is good! Water temps are 50-53 across the lake and river with great visibility and "lake turnover" behind us, finally :') IF you're a bass fisherman like me, and don't mind working hard for a big fish, you need to get in touch with me now. The big Spotted Bass are biting and you can catch them in a variety of ways. Spotsticker Casting Jigs, Jigheads, and drop shots are all producing as well as the ever-so-popular Float n Fly. IF you haven't tried the FnF technique and you live near a clear water reservoir, you need to give it a go. I know it's kinda goofy looking, and frankly I'd prefer to be throwing a jerkbait, crankbait, or jig, but somedays it takes the long rod and lite pole to get it done. 8ft St Croix Spinning Rods in Lite Action are my choice, I'm using the Premier 8'6 but also love the Avid 8'6 Steelhead rod too. I promise I won't disappoint :') This is also a great time to work on your electronics and locating fish out deep, this will make you a bette fisherman anywhere you fish.
Family/Striper trips: The Striper bite hasn't peaked yet. However, I've had fantastic success on all my livebait trips thus far through Winter and I expect this to be the trend throughout this Winter season. The Spotted Bass have eaten well, and when I have hooked that elusive Striper it's been big, really big. If you can stand the cold weather and have the proper clothing to be out in it all day we'll have a good day of fishing. Drop me a line for availability today.
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Fishing remains good despite the crazy weather. We're days off our first major cold front of the year and water temps are now in the mid-60's, look for lake turnover to start sometime in the next couple of weeks. IF you're looking to catch thefish of a lifetime please drop me a line ASAP while I have days available for hire. We're still boating good numbers of fish and as always in the colder months, quality is fantastic. IF you're after a big fish, now is the time to get on the water. See our Recent Catches photo gallery for the latest pictures from the water. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook. LB
Sorry for the lack of reports. Been on the water catching fish. Summer is winding down and Fall is fast approaching. With days getting shorter and water temps falling Fall fishing will be here before we know it. Look for shad to start their move into creek mouths and 1/4 way back first, topwater, spoons, and crankbaits are my primary weapons in early Fall. The bite will remain good through September until we reach the dreaded Fall Turnover. Drop me a line fast and lets plan a trip while I still have a few days remaining in September. Here's a couple of recent pics
Check out my "Recent Catch's" photo gallery for more pics. LB
Sorry for the lack of reports. I've been slammed and I'm sure everyone understands that having a family-life after the lake, the last thing I want to do most days is sit in front of a computer :') Here's a quick report and pics from recent trips.
Crappie: Fish are being caught using Big Bite 1/8 oz crappie jigs tipped with a 2" Triple Tip Lemon Meringue grub long-lined in 20-30ft of water. Fish the break lines!
Spotted Bass: Good quality spotted bass are crushing topwater baits early around main lake and secondary points. Throw Strike King Sexy Dawgs in the sexy shad color or a Big Bite 6" Super Shad swim bait (bream color) fished with a 5/0 Gamakatsu wide gap weightless hook. Both of these baits can be fished with 15# Berkley Big Game monofilament line. Remember to fish SLOW. As the sun gets up, go to a drop shot concentrating on main lake points from 19-25ft. With all the boat traffic on the weekends, a lot of bass are schooled in the mouths of main lake pockets. Use your graph to locate these fish then drop down on them.
Sorry for the lack of reports as of late, things are crazy busy for me right now. Let me start by saying I only a few openings in May and still plenty of prime openings for June, July, and August. The Summer bite is my favorite of the year, great time to get the family/clients out and show them a good time. Always plenty of fish to go around during the Summer! Drop me a line and lets reserve your family trip this summer! Now here's a quick report and some pics. "Recent Trips" Gallery is updated too, so check out our latest pics there.