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    "Fishing the Albemarle Sound Rivers"
from Gary Mercier (209.136.102.27)  
6/18/1999 7:43:00 AM

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 First Thanks to all persons answering post 13673 "Favorite Methods" all your ideas will be presented at the Cyber-Space Reunion, July 16, 17, & 18. Now, I'd like to collect some info. for a display board to help all those coming to the reunion from Florida to Texas. We have a lot of good fishermen in the Albemarle area and I'd like to get any ideas you may have to help our guest from out of state have 3 good days on our Albemarle Rivers. Think JULY/AUG.! - what lures should they be bringing with them and what techneques should they be using for the morning and afternoon fishing outings? Thanks in advance.


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   Mid Summer Fishing on Albemarle Sound from Sid Ryan (164.167.74.133)  6/18/1999 3:30:00 PM
 For anyone who has never fished the Albemarle Sound, the average water depth is 4-6 feet and water temps will be 88 to 92 (surface). There is limited deep water for the fish to move to. The water level on these rivers fluctuates 1-2 feet or more depending on the wind direction. A southerly wind will blow water into the sound and rivers and a North / Northeast wind will blow the water out. The "wind tides" and fluctuating water level have a strong bearing on both the activity of the fish and navigation on the rivers. When the water drops, the fish DO NOT pul off shore into deeper water, but rather move tighter to cover. The best techniques for mid-summer conditions very based on personal preferences, but here is how I approach the situation: Early morning sessions: Topwater baits (pop-r/zara puppy/chug bug/buzzbait) or spinnerbaits (1/4 to 3/8 oz) fished around visible shoreline cover or grassbeds. If the topwater bite doesn't produce, switch to a floating worm or fluke/sluggo type bait. Remember the water color on these rivers is very clear, but is also very black from the tannic acid in the cypress tree, so choose colors that will show up well in the dark water. For topwaters, GOLD, CHROME and FIRETIGER colors work well. On spinnerbaits a GOLD blade is preferred by most river fisherman with WHITE, WHITE/CHARTREUSE or FIRETIGER being popular skirt colors. If you see any schooling action in the area you are fishing, throw a 1/2 ounce chrome/blue rattle trap. I understand from my region fishing partner that this is the ONLY color rattletrap made. This can be a very productive lure on the rivers. When all of the above fails to produce fish, this is the time of the year to fish plastic worms. I also start with a larger size worm (7 or 8 inches) and work down to a 4 inch ringworm or slider. Let the fish tell you what size they prefer. Worm colors that work best are RED SHAD, JUNEBUG, PURPLE FIRETAIL and BROWN with an ORANGE TAIL. Again color is all based on personal preference and confidence. In the afternoon sessions cast your lures into any shady pockets created by the cypress trees, docks, etc. Good luck. I hope this is helpful. Sid Ryan.
   Albemarle from George (209.208.34.107)  6/18/1999 3:51:00 PM
 My best technique for fishing this river area is to sneak my way onto Gary's or Sid's boat. Have them tie on a lure and poing where I should cast. Catch big fish - toss back a cold pepsi and then give them a chance to fish. We're going to have a great time. Hope to see you there.
   "Breaking out the Log Book" from Gary Mercier (209.136.102.177)  6/19/1999 1:26:00 PM
 Thanks to all that E-mailed me on this Subject; however, looks like we need some more inputs. Only going back to 1995 from July 15th to 30th. 1995: Won Hall's Creek Marina Tournament with Roy Ambrose boat limit 31.5 lbs all but one on plastic worms close to shore on steeper banks, one 3.5 on white spinner bait running down the bank. -- 5 lb, 7 oz bass on plastic worm in made made creek off of deep creek -- 2 each bass over 3 lbs running buzzbaits along side of bulkhead. 1996: Caught 5 bass limit, 1 near 4 lbs in Deep Water, fishing inside coves at the mouth of canals. 1997: 3 bass over 3 lbs & 2 other keepers all on devils horse just before a storm broke. -- 5 lb 2 oz bass on white spinner bait in manmade canal, running along the shore also 3 lb bass at the edge of a broke off boat ramp on plastic worm. 1998: Customer caught a 4.5 lb bass under boat dock on plastic worm and 3 bass 2-3 lbs on white spinner bait along outside edge of cypress trees casting into the Current. -- Caught a limit of 5 bass 2-3 lbs on floating worm (bubblegum) in the pads (water high). Hope this helps you guys coming to the Cyber-Space Reunion; however, Sid covered everything very well and we do have a tackle shop at the Lodge. Thanks again for all the E-mailed reports.
   Suggestions for Albemarle area largemouth from John (207.49.122.101)  6/20/1999 4:16:00 PM
 I moved here from S. Florida about 2 years ago and through long hours on the water and experimentation, have learned quite a bit about catching these Albemarle river bass. My suggestions to anyone fishing the area for the first time in mid-summer are: First I would start at first light with a topwater lure. I have found that anything with a propeller will out perform other lures. Lures such as a Devil's Horse or a Torpedo are lethal on these rivers. Traditional poppers or chuggers just don't seem to have the sound that these bass look for. However, there are times when a Zara Puppy will be the ticket. Next I would look to the Spinnerbait to locate bass in the shallows. I agree that gold blades are the way to go and I have had However a black spinnerbait is a dynamite lure in hot weather conditions. I have found that a pump and drop retrieve or just killing the lure as it comes through water can result in some vicious strikes. Fish the lure around visible structure but fish it all the way to the boat as there are many unseen stumps and laydowns many yards off the bank.As the sun makes it's way up in the sky, a plastic worm usually is the key to success. Many area anglers swear by Red Shad but I have to say that straight black is my color of choice. In mid summer, larger 8 to 10 inch worms have accounted for a ton of 4-5 lb fish. Fish cypress trees out from the bank and do not pass up anything off shore such as lone stumps or duck blinds. As the day wears on I would just work in reverse eventually ending up with a topwater before dusk. These are the techniques I have found to be successful in mid summer on the Albemarle area rivers. Good luck and please practice catch and release. Today's 2 pounders are tomorrow's 5 pounders. ............John

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