Was seeing a good bunch of fish in this area (R34 to R35) so made a couple of loops and then dropped some A-rigs for a change. Second fish came at 9:00, only a 24" but at these temps I didn't risk throwing him back, so in the box he went. Technically I was done for the day, but I stayed out to experiment a little and just ride around. It was such a nice morning. But no more fish. I was off the water by noon. Thurs 7/5. Out on the water before dawn and running up to R32. Saw just a few fish so kept moving up river. Again I found fish starting at R34, just no big schools (or little schools either).
On a hunch, I kept moving up river. Got the first fish at Hatfield, an over-aggressive 12". I kept moving up and kept seeing fish but couldn't convince any to bite. I finally ended up at Beaverdam and the fish sorta' went away. So I started back down pulling the A-rigs and got nothing all the way back to R35. Saw fish all the way; up, down and all over. Just kept moving and finally found a BIG bunch at R34. I kept circling them and even called another boat over. They got at least one of the bunch but I could get none. I had those A-rigs shallow, deep and in between (I even had them juiced-up with secret sauce).
By now its 11:00 and its getting hot and the boat traffic is getting ridiculous. So since I was seeing fish I decided to make one last loop trolling cranks at a fast pace. Started at R34 and was nearing R35 when I got the first, a tough fighting 26". Whoopee! Got the lines back in the water and 10 min and 200yds later came the second fish, a twin of the first. Both these came on the same Bomber Model A in white/char. Ten minutes to get the two fish! I coulda' slept in late. Things as they were, I raced back to the ramp and to a nap.
My freezer is getting full of stripers so I may switch to chasing crappie, or bass, or Philpot for walleye, or the New for muskies. But if I'm on the lake, I'll still get the temps. I'll be out of town this weekend for about a week helping my daughter move in Virginia Beach. I hear they have some piers you can actually fish from!!! Imagine that. Need to take a rod or two...