By LOREN BROOKS
January 30, 2018, was a day to remember. It was a full moon, it was a super moon, it was a blue moon and then there was the full eclipse of the moon the next day that made it look red. But how would it affect fishing?
Some anglers say they just go when they can go. They pay little attention to the moon charts that predict the best time to fish.
If you checked the charts for January 30, it was one of the best days to fish in the morning according to “InFisherman magazine”.
Not too early morning, though. In fact John and I did not get on the lake until 10:00 am. I’m not sure when Jeff Jones and Lanny Waite got on the lake, but I did see them around noon on this beautiful Tuesday. They were up in the north end, fishing for Crappie, when we spotted them. They later reported that their best spots were down in deep water, jigging for the big stripers. Waite said it was one of the best days this year. He and Jeff Jones caught 58 stripers.
Lanny called me on the cell phone at 4:10 pm. I was at that moment, heading back to the dock at Echo Bay at 25 mph, in John’s Jet boat and could not hear a word he was saying. I told him I would call him back at the dock.
It was good news. Lanny said he wanted to share the “Lion’s share” of the catch, knowing that I was providing fish for a fish fry on February 23 for an LDS Overton First Ward gathering.
He and Jeff Jones had the fish cleaned and packed in ice when we got to Lanny’s home a 5:45 pm. Wow, what a nice mess of fish! Thank you very much.
There were lots of boats on the lake, and lots of anglers trolling for stripers and crappie up in the shallow water. Some anglers were using “crank bait”. Lots of anglers were using anchovies rigged with leaded line and trolling with “banana” sinkers.
It was my luck to catch a black crappie using a small Sebago spinner as an attractor and a anchovy for bait.
Dan Hagan provided a photo. He and his sister and her husband had excellent luck trolling with crank bait last month on the north end of the Overton Arm. They caught 36 Striper on that occasion.
So what do you think? Doug was using the “Infisherman” charts this week, logging in with the Overton zip code. His partner Dan, had the lucky rod, trolling, using a “downrigger”.
Sometimes all the action is on one side of the boat. Starboard or Portside ? With rods facing out and to the stern require a sharp eye to catch the fish. John using the call “hay,hay,hay” when my back is turned and a fish is committing suicide.
It’s good fishing. As Randy Travis would sing, “Keep your lure in the water, the waters of life”