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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Cumberland Co. Pa.
Re: Raystown lake
Well in the absence of pictures or diagrams I will make an attempt to tell you how I do it, this by no means the only way it can be done but this is what works for me,using live bait.
Boat- Mine is 18-1/2 feet 70in wide jon boat rigged this way, 6 rod holders,one on either side of the transom,two mid ship on on either side, two near the bow one on either side. Also power drive,auto pilot trolling motor and two sonar units,and a hand held GPS with a lake map installed (GPS opional)
Rods- I use light saltwater tackle . I really like the shakespear ugly stick striper series rods with matching reels spooled with at least 17lb mono and 30 won't hurt. I use rod mounted line counters.
Terminal tackle- First on the line is a plastic bead then a 1/2oz. egg sinker,then another plastic bead, now tie on a good strong swivel. Now at this point you will need a 5' length of mono,preferably berkly vanish,tie one end of this to the swivel,and to the other end tie a trebel hook not sure of the no. but mine measure about 3/8in from point to shank.
Bait- If you can use a throw net you can catch your own on the lake, shad or alewives,(need a permit for this). If not you can buy large shiners and rainbow trout (expensive) at the bait shops.If you buy trout make sure you keep the reciept on your person while fishing. Now I believe I am the only person that will tell you this, but I catch just as many striper in small bluegills and small crappie as I do on trout. I fish for these on the lake. Some times I will take a pair of sizzors and cut the sharp points off of the back fins of these.It is legal to use anything for bait that is legal to have in your livewell, don't use game fish that are under the legal size limit. I hook the bait through the nostril in one hole and out he other, others may do it different.
How to fish- now this is where it may get tough to explain,first hook your bait then put the line in the counter now hold the rod tip at the distance above the water it will be when it is in the rod holder,now with the egg sinker at the water line set the counter to zero drop the line to the depth you want to fish ( usually somewhere between 8 and 20 ft).now lock the spool and at the waterline grab the line and at this point attach your bobber or planer board. You should get the bobbers sold at the bait shops that have secure clips at the top and bottom of the bobber, this way you can adjust the depth of your bait without fooling with a bobber stop and they need not be threaded on to the line.
Rod placement- I put the two rods out the back on bobbers, the two midship go straight down without bobbers to the desired depth and the two at or near the bow go on planer boards. Put bait 50' or more from the boat watch how the other boats are doing it you will get the idea.
Trolling speed- I only go fast enough to keep the lines taught and a constant distance from boat. you do not want to anything other than cover water. not trying to get the bait to do anything special, just look natural and swimming around down there.
lock your bails or spools and make sure the drags are set properly. when your bobber or planer board goes under, HANG ON.
One last thing- I dont know if you have ever been on this lake or how big your boat is but be careful. dont get stuck far from the launch in a 14'john with a 9.9 kicker and a 20mph wind. you may be in trouble.
Right now I believe they are catching some fish between markers 14 and 15 and the james creek and trough creek areas
in august who knows but these areas are usually good bets anytime. I don't do any striper fishing till late Sept. and early Oct. At that time I catch fish in beer barrel bay,and between markers 10 and 11, also right in front of the launch at seven points between the launch and the no-wake markers
Be on the water early enough that you have to use your head lamps to get your rods in the water, fish till you need a break then come back a sunset and fish till you are tired of it.
Boy hopes this helps. if you catch one you will be hooked for life.
Don't be surprised if someone tells you something different, this is not the only way.