Capt. David B. Hare
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Here on Lake Martin December has been very active to say the least. Large, and I mean very large, quantities of stripers have been being boated on a regular basis. In saying this, I predict January to be no different than December. We are finding huge schools of fish in several areas of the lake not just limited to any one spot. To help locate these massive schools look for bait fish on your electronics and keep a watchful eye out for the sea gulls, whether they are actively feeding or just sitting still on the water. If you see gulls, you will find bait close by. Once you locate the stripers you can approach them using several different techniques. My favorite is live bait, but if you are not a live bait fisherman, then you can try top water lures. If that doesn’t pay off, then try jigging some hair jigs in the school or maybe even pulling some crank baits thru them.
I don’t mention any one certain area this month simply due to the fact that I don’t want anyone to think they can’t find them in most any area of the lake. You also don’t have to depend on just an early or late bite because the bite will be good all day long in the cooler water temperature.
Now for some things you definitely want to take advantage of the next few weeks are as follows:
The Atlanta Boat Show
GWCC / Hall A
(See me at booth # 24)
The Birmingham Boat Show
(See me at booth # 2)
Very exciting news for our area is that the American Striped Bass Challenge is having an Open Striper Tournament here on Lake Martin, February 09, 2019. If you’d like to fish on one of our guide boats for a chance to win some big money and or great prizes, then give me a call at 256-401-3089. Or if you had rather fish it on your own out of your boat, then call Brian Bear at 803-370-7334.
This is going to be an awesome fun time on Lake Martin and you will not want to miss it.
Capt. David B. Hare
Alex City Guide Service
2036 Cherokee Rd
Alexander City, Al. 35010