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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2015 Angler Appreciation Tournament Recap & Results

The 2015 Angler Appreciation Tournament is in the books and what a tournament it was!! This year we had 114 boats
(up from 74 in 2014) compete for cash and prizes totaling $19,857. This is the largest single day payout in Lake Anna History and the largest field in more than 20 years. None of this would have been possible without the anglers, sponsors and volunteers associated with this event. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you.

Our Presenting Sponsor this year was Dubby Carr, owner of Dubby's Fishing & Hunting, located in Harrisonburg VA. They provided very nice event T Shirts for all of the participants. If you live in the Shenandoah Valley, please stop by Dubby's and tell him thank you.
100 Waterman Dr
Harrisonburg Va 22802
540-574-3474

Donating Over $7600 In Door Prizes, Our 2015 Angler Appreciation Tournament Sponsor List Is.......

Dubby's Fishing & Hunting (Presenting Sponsor)
Anna Point Marina (Host Marina)
Fish Tales
H&H Heating & Air Conditioning
Bob's Mobile Marine Service
Lew's
Bulldog Custom Rods
Warlock Custom Rods
Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO Rods)
LKA Lawn Care
Snack Daddy Lures
Damiki Fishing USA
Double D Custom Jigs
Mike Forsht (NTB Gift Packs, Zoom Plastics, Misc Tackle)
Martin's Materials LLC
Atkinson Towing & Recovery
Your Pit Crew LLC
Tow Boat U.S.
R2 Marine Innovations
Trigger Happy Comfort Grips
Death Shimmer Spinnerbaits
Diablo Custom Baits
Bullshad Swimbaits
Dave's Tournament Tackle
Reelsnot Line Conditioner
Matthew's Lawn Care LLC
Mobile Bait Store (Virgil Bagwell)
Captain Gary's Marine Care Products
Deep Creek Lures
Steve's Custom Scents (Steve Kokai Lamiglass Rods)
Wicked Crankbaits
GMCO Maps & Charts
Stick Jacket Rod Sleeves
Grey Goat Lures
Ray's Custom Baits
304 Customs
Don Iovino
Eye Surrender Eyeware

JF Fick Distributing donated 10 cases of Arizona Drinks and $500 to payback as second & third Big Fish prizes. $300 to the second place big fish & $200 for the third place big fish.

Long time friend and angler Ed Teeter, donated Coke Products and water for the after tournament festivities.

Billiken's BBQ and Big Cheese Pizza of Lake Anna provided food for the after tournament festivities at a very reduced rate in order for us to payback as close to 100% of monies taken in as possible.

Donnie Poore, owner of Fish N' Art Taxidermy donated a Replica Mount to the winner of the Big Fish for the tournament. This prize went to Eric Johnson with his 7.02 pound lunker. Eric and his partner Nathan Sullivan also collected $1130 for their Big Fish!

Atkinson Towing & Recovery donated $100 for the fourth place Big Fish of the day and a $50 Fish Tales Gift Certificate

We would like to thank all of the volunteers that donated time for this event well....

Dave Fauntleroy for getting everyone out safely and weighing all 278 fish.
Nikki Craft for flawlessly writing down all of the weights.

Chris Craft for reaching out to all sponsors of the event.

Katelyn Craft for taking pictures & checking boats in.

Patti Kendall, Mary Mundy & Chelsea Taylor for serving all of the great food.

All of the participants that brought food for the after tournament festivities.

Special Thank You to the Lake Country Marine Employees (Dale Benware, Kevin Curtis & Frank Lloyd) that moved all of the service boats around so we could have plenty of parking.

We are already working on the 2016 Angler Appreciation Tournament. We will start accepting entry fees on August 1, 2016.
We had a total of 278 Lake Anna Largemouth come to the scales for a total weight of 533.62 pounds, that is a 1.91 pound average.

The top 5 teams accounted for 25 fish weighing 92.94 pounds with a 3.71 pound average. 






2015 Angler Appreciation Tournament Results
1- Tim Moran/Patrick O'Rourke 25.03 $3500 plus free entry in
next years event and boat number 1.
2- Preston Cox/Larry Wollersheim 19.25 $1500
3- Eric Johnson/Nathon Sullivan 17.85 $1200
4- Jeff Lugar/Travis Lugar 15.69 $1000
5- Clayton Mullins/David Allen 15.12 $800
6- Rob Morris/Warren Kuser 14.82 $500
7- Martin Villa/Tim Garner 13.03 $400
8- Steve McGuire/Wayne Snow 12.32 $300
9- John James/Mike Perkins 11.79 $250
10- Dubby Carr/Eric Kunz 11.67 $225
11- Ron Ellis/Chris Dillow 11.62 $175
12- Darren Bache/Josh Bache 11.53 $150
13- Shannon Christian/Jamie Shifflett 10.52 $140
14- Bill Deeds 9.87 $135
15- Chuck Melvin/Brent Williams 9.83 $130
16- John Doyle/Eugene Carter 9.60 $122
17- Matt Conners/Victor Dillard 9.48
18- Dustin Macuber/Nathan Horner 9.42
19- Floyd Dalton/Triston Bisson 9.38
20- David Blount/Lacey Blount 9.33
21- Mike Braithwaite/John Bryab Rice 9.08
22- Robbie Hottinger/Stacy Hottinger 8.70
23- Eddie Piel/Buster Spencer 8.47
24- Phil Wilcox/Caleb Newton 8.38
25- Wayne Dorman/Glen Vico 8.28
26- Jarvis Raynor/Todd Bradford 8.04
27- Bobby Fincham/Doug Grubbs 7.80
28- Phil Harris/Lewis Williams 7.36
29- Joey Deluke/Larry Boykin 7.33
30- Jesepth Hughes/Kelly Woodward 7.32
31- Gary Colt/Lonnie Conner 7.25
32- James Graves/Kadin Thens 7.18
33- Clayton Gatewood/Ross Smith 7.13
34- Shawn Huwar/Mike Kruse 6.97
35- Derek Brown/Greg Lilly 6.92
36- Rob Kloby/Robert Kloby 6.91
37- John Robinson/Dennis Minor 6.77
38- Nate Keller/Mike Nelms 6.73
39- Roger Henry/Tommy Sacra 6.67
40- Timmy Jones/Jeff Jones 6.64
41- Carl Weigand/Jeff Garner 6.46
42- JacobTebo/Joe Tebo 6.42
43- Melvin Bowling/Scott Falls 6.37
44- Tim Shank/Keith Jenkins 6.25
45- Rick Chenowith/Johnny Clark 6.10
46- Larry Martin/Lee Martin 6.04
47- Andrew Wilson/Dave Wilson 6.00
48- Neville Green/Otis Darnell 5.79
49- Curtis Welton/Shawn Smith 5.58
50- Dave Chisholm/Ed Hall 5.37
51- Eric Hayslett/Jimmy Hughes 5.14
51- Chris Hill/Travis Daniels 5.14
52- Jay Babcock/Pete Rossi 4.86
53- Ronnie Joyner/Chip Martin 4.35
54- Forrest Jones/Shawn Mock Jr 4.15
55- Doug Rosier/Marla Rosier 3.66
56- Tim Slawson/Billy Slawson 3.60
57- Chris Craft/Scott Taylor 3.03
58- Chris Payne/Jason Ford 2.96
59- James Maupin/Mike Keyton 2.95
60- Tim Barnes/Cameron Hodge 2.58
61- Tim Covington/Nick Covington 2.55
62- Fritz Bucher/Kelly Dutton 2.13
63- Dwayne Painter/John Kislek 2.04
64- Russell Newton/Leon Newton 1.99
65- Richard Clark/Jake Clark 1.83
66- James Hostelka/Shelby Hostelka 1.73
66- Tony Mastin/Zach Mastin 1.73
67- Pete McCallum/Andrew McCallum 1.72
68- Joe Thomas/Jack Merriwether 1.15
69- Patrick Clark/Jeff Miterko
69- Scott Conners/Troy Perry
69- Bobby Shetley/Annette McMahon
69- David Heavenridge
69- PJ Cox/David Foreman
69- DJ Clore/John Adams
69- Joey Lineweaver/Amy Bowman
69- Aaron Ball/Tony Barrix
69- Wade Seale/Austin Knicely
69- Jr Hillyard/Dodie Mouldin
69- Matt Wood/CJ Wood
69- Rob Grike/Mike Fisher
69- Mike Wood
69- James Ruggerio
69- Ed Teeter/Tracy Kraft
69- Duane Adams/Tom Toews
69- Virgil Bagwell/Brian Kline
69- Willie Gordon/Taylor Gordon
69- Randy Scott/Wesley Gibson
69- Terry Kestner/Kevin Allen
69- Joe Kunz
69- Ryan Glasshoff/Chris Armstrong
69- Kenneth Fidle/Jeremiah Speer
69- Steve Rose/Brian Conners
69- Chris Moxley/JR Anderson
69- Matt Seale/Micky Wilson
69- Corey Byars/Mike Farrish
69- Wayne Holder/Mike Wagner
69- Matt Martin/Josh Hall
69- Bill Hill/Eric Leamond
69- Rick Nugent/Tommy Hassler
69- George Slinkman/Sam Breighner
69- David Chisholm/Tim Fitz
69- David Taylor/Davis Taylor Jr
69- Jim Whittman/Jim Sutton
69- John Cash/Joey Campbell
69- Mark Raynes/Jake Floyd
69- Jim Pugh/Greg Sanner
69- Mark Mitchell/Eddie Mitchell
69- Chris Stanley/Tim Helmick
69- Jim Jarvis/Bobby O'Brien
69- John Potter/Dayton Potter
69- Dwayne Holler/Dylan Hepner
69- CG Hicks/Chad Hicks

BIG FISH WINNERS
1- Eric Johnson/Nathen Sullivan 7.02 $1130
2- Tim Moran/Patrick O'Rourke 6.66 $300
3- Preston Cox/Larry Wollersheim 6.37 $200
4- Darren Bache/Josh Bache 5.43 $100

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 2015



UPCOMING BASS TOURNAMENTS

SUNDAY MORNING BASS SERIES
EVERY SUNDAY MORNING in SEPTEMBER from
7am-12pm
$100 Entry Fee - No Membership Fee
Contact Chris Craft or Dave Fauntleroy at Fish Tales
540-895-5900 ext 5


ANGLER APPRECIATION TOURNAMENT
OCTOBER 25, 2015
$110 ENTRY FEE
7AM-3PM or SAFE LIGHT-3:30PM


2015 Anna Point Marina / Fish Tales Angler Appreciation Tournament
Presented By Dubby's Fishing And Hunting

 
Anna Point Marina and Fish Tales proudly announce and welcome Dubby's Fishing and Hunting (www.godubbys.com) as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 Angler Appreciation Tournament.

Dubby Carr, owner and avid tournament angler, is a friend of the marina and also sponsored last year's inaugural event with a lucrative prize pack. Dubby's Fishing and Hunting will provide Custom Event T-Shirts to commemorate the exciting 2015 event. Dubby will also provide another fantastic prize pack to be given away again this year.
 
The Anna Point Marina / Fish Tales Angler Appreciation Tournament is the highlight event of the Lake Anna Bass Tournament Season and this year's affair should be spectacular, especially with Dubby's Fishing and Hunting on board as the 2015 Presenting Sponsor.


When you see Dubby on Tournament Day, please give him a big shout out and thank him for his generous support. Dubby's Fishing and Hunting is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia and has quickly become the premier Sporting Goods Shop in The Shenandoah Valley. With their knowledgeable and friendly staff, Dubby's is the place to go for all your fishing and hunting needs in the Shenandoah Valley.
 
Thank you, Dubby, for coming on board and we are honored and thankful to have you as the 2015 Presenting Sponsor






As we say goodbye to Summer with the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the fishing will start to get much better as September goes by. This is a major TRANSITION MONTH, at the beginning of the month September will fish just like August. Slow, Tough and at some times Non Existant. As we move toward the middle and the end of the month, cool nights will bring the start of the Fall Bite to the lake and you can expect Bass, Striper and Crappie to become more aggressive and a little easier to locate and catch.


Just keep in mind that the weekends throughout the month will
still be busy with boat traffic from folks trying to get the last bit of summer in before fall gets here, but during the week will be OUTSTANDING!!   GOD LUCK & SEE YOU OUT THERE! 




Bass- The bass will still be in full blown late summer patterns for the first half of the month. Forget about the top water bite until the latter part of the month, fish slow and look for deeper water (10-14 feet) with good cover in it. Deeper boats docks, brush piles, points that drop off quickly with lots of sumps on them, the key is to find the areas that have the most bait around them. You will want to have four baits tied on, a shakey head, a jig, a deep crank bait like a Spro Rock Crawler or Rapala DT10 and a drop shot for the more finicky days.


As the month starts getting past the half way mark, the bait and the bass will start to move to the creeks. Look for the in the middle towards the back of major creeks, they will move closer to the backs as the month comes to a close and October gets closer and the water temps really begin to drop. You can also break the top water baits back out and start catching schooling fish early in the morning with walking baits like the Paycheck Baits Repoman and the Damiki Rambler, Damiki MTB Noisy Buzzbaits (on schooling fish the Natural Shad color is hard to beat) and soft jerkbaits like Damiki Armor Shads and Zoom Super Flukes.


After the top water slows down break out the search baits, my favorites are a 1/2oz Rat-L-Trap or a 1/2oz Dave's Tournament Tackle Tiger Shad Spinnerbait. Put the trolling motor on 75% and cover lots of water, if you catch two or three fish in quick fashion from a small area (no more than 50 yards) slow down and turn around, you may have just stumbled onto a WOLF PACK!


Both early and late in the month, you should be able to find willing fish uplake in the North Anna Arm hiding deep in the Willow Grass. The latter part of the month they will be more aggressive. With the current lake levels, you will need to find the deeper grass with water still on the edges of it. I prefer at least two feet. Crankbaits on rock will also start t produce as the month comes closer to the end. Over on the Pamunkey side, look for them on boat docks and rock piles in 5-15 feet of water. Shakey Heads, crankbaits and jigs are my lures of choice on this side!   

 

CRAPPIE-  The Specks are holding very tight on the uplake bridge pilings and deep brush piles at the current time. Anglers have been fishing after dark lowering LED LIGHTS into the water to pull the crappie and baitfish up to a shallower depth and have been doing very well with small minnows. As the water starts to cool down towards the end of the month, they will start to move towards the shallower water following the bait fish, this is when you can and will find them on boat docks with many willing to chase and take Kalin 2" Curly Tail Grubs.





STRIPER- At the current time there is a large number of Striper located around the 208 Bridge corridor all the way up past the Splits. Trolling Deep Diving Redfins with Buck Tail Trailers and DD22's have been producing well for many anglers. Toothache Spoons have been putting numbers of fish in the boat for anglers willing to chase the deeper schools around and vertical jig. For the folks willing to get out of bed really early and get to the lake before daylight breaks, they have been hanging lights around the uplake bridges and catching live bait in the form of Blue Back Herring and Peanut Gizzard Shad (4 to 5 inches)


As the month gets closer to half way, you will be able to find schools chasing baitfish to the surface early and late in the day. Broken Back Redfins fished slowly waking the surface works great. Other top water walking baits will work, but a lot of exciting blow ups and misses with the true top water walking baits. The Broken Back Redfin is a SUB SURFACE bait that only dives about one foot with your rod tip down, they typically do not miss this bait and you still get the excitement of a top water strike!!!!!!!      
 

 



 

Lake Level- 15" Low     
 
Water Clarity
Up Lake- Stained
Mid Lake- Clear
Down Lake- Clear
 
Water Temps
Up Lake- upper 82-87
Mid Lake- upper 83-86
Down Lake- upper 83-87
Dike 3- 89


 


Chris Craft
CCBASSN GUIDE SERVICE
ccbassn@aol.com 
540-894-6195



Anna Point Marina
Fish Tales
540-895-5900 ext 5

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lake Anna Outlook for May


                              OUTLOOK FOR MAY 2015






MAY BIG FISH CONTEST........................................

Anna Point Marina/Fish Tales will be paying $100 or a Yearly Ramp Pass ($125 value) to the anglers that catch the LARGEST BASS, CRAPPIE & STRIPER each month!!!!!


Here are the rules.......

MUST LAUNCH AT APM/FISH TALES and either pay the $8 ramp fee or be a yearly ramp pass holder.


Fish can be caught on artificial or live bait.

If fishing with a guide or employee,
RAMP FEE MUST BE PAID BEFORE OUTING.


Tournament caught fish are eligible, however they must be weighed on the porch scales.

CONTEST RUNS FROM May 1-APRIL 31

UPCOMING BASS TOURNAMENTS

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MORNING SERIES
EVERY WEEKEND in MAY  FROM 6am-11am
$100 Entry Fee - No Membership Fee
Contact Chris Craft or Dave Fauntleroy at Fish Tales
540-895-5900 ext 5


As we say goodbye to April and welcome May into our lives, we can look forward to warming water temps, post spawn top water fish and more good days than bad on the water. Look for the bass and crappie to be in all 3 phases of the spawn this month. As the spawn winds down, the top water bite will heat up and multiple fish days are not that uncommon. Even 20 and 30 fish days can be expected when everything goes right.


Mark your calendar for Saturday May 9. This is the annual Anna Point Marina/Fish Tales Youth Fishing Tournament and Family Day. This great event will run from 9am-1pm and the youth anglers can either fish from the shores of Anna Point Marina or from a Boat. There will be three age groups (3-9) (10-12) (13-17). The anglers will will compete for the largest bass, crappie, sunfish and catfish in their age group. There will also be a Grand Champion Award to the angler that catches the largest overall fish during the tournament. There will be cash, prizes and trophies for the winners of each division. The entry fee for this event is $10 per participant. There will be food and drinks for everyone after the tournament and during the awards ceremony.  If you are attending and would like to bring a covered dish, please do so. We want everyone to have a full belly when they leave.

The Saturday and Sunday Morning Bass Series will also pick up from the slow start we have had this year so far. These popular bass tournaments will be from 6am-11am every Saturday and Sunday Morning. The entry fee is $100 per team (including the big fish pot) For more information on these tournaments please get in touch with Chris Craft or Dave Fauntleroy at 540-895-5900 ext5.


Bass- The bass throughout the lake have made their move to the shallows and are taking a variety of baits. The cold fronts this past week have pushed them back slightly, but with the warm stable weather in the forecast, thy will move back up in a hurry. At the current time we have all 3 stages of the spawn going on and I believe it will continue for just about the entire month.
 
Look for fish around stumps, rocks, beaver huts, laydown trees and willow grass all month long. On cloudy days, moving baits will put them in the boat, My two favorite search baits this time of year are a Dave's Tournament Tackle Tiger Shad Spinnerbait and a Damiki Armor Shad soft Jerkbat. My personal preference for the Tiger Shad is a 1/4oz Double Gold Willow Combination in either Purple Tiger or Blue Back Herring colors. Put these baits in the willow grass and retrieve them just under the surface above the grass, when you get to thin pockets, holes or on the edge of the grass, kill the bait and let it flutter down into it. This triggers a reaction that the bass cannot resist. Fish the Armor Shad in the same places at the spinnerbait and do the same thing in order to get that reaction strike. On Sunny days, I like to stay with more natural colors like Pro Purple & Pro Blue, on overcast days I like White Pearl and White Silver Flake. Rig them weightless TEX-POSED on a 4/0 Gamakatsu Hook, let the fish tell you what cadence they want. Start off with a twitch-twitch-pause and let the bait sink completely out of sight before twitching it again.
 
On bright sunny days, slow down and pitch plastics in, around and under grass and boat docks. The Deep Creek Lures Stump Thumper and Jr. Razor Beetle are two of my favorites. Rig them on a shakey head or Texas rigged. Arson 3/8oz Arky Head Jigs are another great choice to entice bites from fish that are not very aggressive.
 
By the end of the month, top water walking baits like the Damiki Rambler and Paycheck Baits Repoman baits will put post spawn fatties in the boat. Dmiki MTB Noisy Buzzbaits will also start to play a role in my choices. The bluegill will start to spawn by the end of the month, 1.5 and 2.5 squarebill crankbaits in BLUEGILL patterns are always ties onto my IZORLINE this time of year. The bass will cruise these beds and wait in ambush around bot docks or anything else they can hide around and like a lightning bolt, they will pick one bluegill out of the pack and strike through the bed and give a little payback.  
 
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE FEMALE BASS ARE GOING TO BE VERY TIRED FROM THE RIGORS OF THE SPAWN, PLEASE RELEASE THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER FOR THEM TO RECOVER.
 
 
Crappie- The first wave of the spawn is over for the mature females, the second way is just days away and we will be able to catch numbers of these tasty vittles for a few more weeks shallow before they return to deep water for the summer. The males are protecting nests and are very aggressive right now, they can be caught in a variety of locations on a variety of baits. Beaver huts, willow grass, laydowns and boat docks in 2-10 feet of water will be best locations. Small minnows & Kalin 2"Curly Tail Grubs are my choices, colors like John Deere Green, Wally World, Green Weenie and Black/Blue Chart Tail are my top choices rigged on a 1/16oz Mizmo Jighead.
 
After the spawn is finally over, look for them to be on bridge pilings, deep brush piles, deep boat docks with lots of shade, At this time, Small Minnows rigged on a slip bobber will be your best choice to catch fish.
 
 
Striper- The linesides are making their way back down lake from their springtime spawn run. Live bait like Blueback Herring and Gizzard Shad are producing numbers of fish for the folks willing to get up early and catch their bait. For those of us that prefer to cast to them, Broken Back Redfins casted to shallow flats and points will produce very violent strikes from the hearty fish. Damiki Anchovy Shads rigged on a 1/4oz Jig Head slowly retrieved will also put them in the boat for you.
 
 
Lake Level- Full Pool
 
Water Clarity
Up Lake- Stained
Mid Lake- Clear
Down Lake- Clear
 
Water Temps
Up Lake- 62-67
Mid Lake- 61-70
Down Lake- 63-71
Dike 3- 67


Chris Craft
CCBASSN GUIDE SERVICE
www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com
ccbassn@aol.com 
540-894-6195

Anna Point Marina
Fish Tales
540-895-5900 ext 5

 Susie Hust
7.73lbs
4-16-15
 Susie Hust
5.82lbs
4-15-15
 Susie Hust
6.89lbs
4-15-15
 Chris Craft & Ron Counts
4-14-15
 Chris Craft
4-10-15
 Larry Boykin, Chris Craft & Trevor Jesse
4-8-15

 Chris Craft & Mark Fike
4-7-15

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Outlook for April

  OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 2015





APRIL BIG FISH CONTEST........................................

We will be paying $100 or a Yearly Ramp Pass ($125 value) to the anglers that catch the LARGEST BASS, CRAPPIE & STRIPER each month!!!!!


Here are the rules.......

MUST LAUNCH AT APM/FISH TALES and either pay the $8 ramp fee or be a yearly ramp pass holder.


Fish can be caught on artificial or live bait.

If fishing with a guide or employee,
RAMP FEE MUST BE PAID BEFORE OUTING.


Tournament caught fish are eligible, however they must be weighed on the porch scales.

CONTEST RUNS FROM APRIL 1-APRIL 30

UPCOMING BASS TOURNAMENTS

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MORNING SERIES
EVERY WEEKEND in APRIL FROM 7am-12pm
$100 Entry Fee - No Membership Fee
Contact Chris Craft or Dave Fauntleroy at Fish Tales
540-895-5900 ext 5

April 11
Wiked Worms Bass Tournament
7am-3:30pm
$25 entry fee + $10 Optional Big Fish Pot
Contact Jeff Damron
540-282-7536

April 12
Fish for the Cure
Breast Cancer Awareness Fund Raising Tournament
6:30am-3pm
$80 entry fee +  $20 Optional Big Fish Pot
Contact Mike Forsht
fishforthecure@earthlink.net
571-528-8384


As I sit here and write this, the Morning Spring Sun is shining through the window and it feels really nice!!!!!!!! Look for the water to start warming up and the fish starting to getting frisky and shallow. The full moon is on April 4, with that being said, I think the big push of fish to the shallows will happen sometime around April 11. Right in the middle of the full and new moon. 


BASS-The Largemouth have already started to make a move up. Look for them on the first break line off of the shore in 4-10 feet of water early in the month. They will really start to cruise around looking for spawning areas and mates. To target these cruising fish, being stealthy and long casts are a must!!!!!!!!!!!! When they first pull up and start cruising, they will be very spooky (especially in the clear down lake region). 

Down lake and mid lake, soft jerkbaits like Zoom Super Flukes and Damiki Armor Shads will put numbers in the boat for you! My color choices in the Armor Shad are White Silver Flake on cloudy days and either Pro Purple or Pro Blue on sunny days. Rig them on 8-12 pound Izorline with a 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Hook. 

Hard jerkbaits will also continue to catch fish all month. 
As the water warms up, you can get more aggressive with them as well! My custom Crappie Color has been one of the hottest colors on the lake the past 2 years and continues to catch them. Fish Tales has the original Purple and the new Blue in stock!! 

These two colors are a perfect match to the Dave's Tournament Tackle Tiger Shad Spinnerbaits that work so well out here. 



If venturing uplake, the emerging Willow Grass will start to hold more and more fish each and everyday. As the crappie start to pull into the grass for their spawn, the Largemouth will follow them and feed on the unsuspecting specks. Fish the jerkbaits on the edge and the spinnerbaits in the middle of the grass!

Jig & Pig combinations pitched into and around the willow grass are a great choice on bright sunny days. Carolina rigged lizards is a great way to slow down and cover a lot of water at the same time, this technique also produces large fish......as long as you do not mind dragging the "OLD BALL & CHAIN" around. 

As April draws to an end, look for almost all of the fish to be shallow. As the post spawn kicks into action, top water baits will start catching numbers of fish. Large walking baits like the Damiki Rambler and Pay Check Repo Man are my two favorites. 

REMEMBER THAT THIS IS C-P-R TIME!!!!!!!!
CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE
PLEASE THINK ABOUT FISH CARE AS WELL.
DO NOT HOLD ANY FISH, ESPECIALLY LARGE FISH BY THE BOTTOM LIP HORIZONTALLY, THIS WILL BREAK THEIR JAW AND THEY WILL DIE A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH. PLEASE SUPPORT LARGE FISH WITH BOTH HANDS. THANK YOU. 

ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT LAY THEM DOWN ON BOAT CARPET, GRASS, GRAVEL OR ANY OTHER SURFACE IN ORDER TO GET A PICTURE, THIS REMOVES THE PROTECTIVE SLIME COAT ON THEM AND MAKES THEM MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO SORES.

 
CRAPPIE- At the current time, the crappie are still suspended in deeper water and bridge pilings. With this stretch of warm weather, look for the to make a push to the shallows very soon. As the water warms into the mid to upper 50's, they will start to pull into the Willow Grass, Beaver Huts, Lay Downs, Boat Docks and even move up shallower on the bridges. 

Small minnows on slip bobbers is a very relaxing way of fishing, just sit back and wait for the cork to slowly go under. I prefer to catch them on artificial bait, my choice is a 2" Kalin Curly Tail Grub rigged on a 1/16oz jighead. Top 3 colors for me are John Deere Green, Wally World and Green Weenie. 

Just pull up to a Willow grass bed and start casting, once you find them, they will school according to similar size in the spring. Just keep fishing until you locate the size of fish you are happy with. 


STRIPER- The striper are heading into the uplake region for their annual spawn run and will be willing to take a variety of artificial baits as well as live bait. Early and late in the day, Broken Back Redfins and shallow jerkbaits are great choices. After the sun comes up, soft plastic swimbaits rigged on either an under spin head or straight jighead works well. 

Look for them around the mouyh of Duck in Hole and Goldmine Creeks on the North Anna side and from the S-Turns up to Little Florida on the Pamunkey Arm. 




LAKE LEVEL- FULL POOL

WATER TEMPS
UPLAKE- 50-53
MIDLAKE- 49-52
DOWN LAKE- 50-54
DIKE 3- 56

Chris Craft
CCBASSN GUIDE SERVICE
www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com
ccbassn@aol.com 
540-894-6195

Anna Point Marina
Fish Tales
540-895-5900 ext 5

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

OUTLOOK FOR MARCH

OUTLOOK FOR MARCH 2015





The ramp at Fish Tales is finally thawed out and open and ready for your boat!


Our monthly Big Fish Contest for March is being postponed until April. This way everyone has a complete month to fish for the prizes. We are also extending into May this year as well!!!
 
We will be paying $100 or a Yearly Ramp Pass ($125 value) to the anglers that catch the LARGEST BASS, CRAPPIE & STRIPER each month!!!!!


Here are the rules.......

MUST LAUNCH AT APM/FISH TALES and either pay the $8 ramp fee or be a yearly ramp pass holder.


Fish can be caught on artificial or live bait.

If fishing with a guide or employee,
RAMP FEE MUST BE PAID BEFORE OUTING.


Tournament caught fish are eligible, however they must be weighed on the porch scales.



OLD MAN WINTER has finally loosened his grip on Central Virginia and the lake is thawing out!!!! At the current time, water temps are just above freezing throughout most of the lake. There is still some ICE the uplake region and in the backs of many creeks. For the next week or so, there may be 
ICE CHUNKS breaking off and floating out to the main lake. PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN NAVIGATING THE LAKE!!

 BASS- The largemouth will start to pull out of deep water winter areas later this month as the water temps start to rise. For now look for them in and close to deep water on main lake points and on main points in the major creeks like Pigeon, Sturgeon and Contrary. 

Suspending Jerkbaits such as Lucky Craft Pointers, Duo Realis, Luck E Strike RC Stix, Rattling Rogues and the many many more that are available to you to catch LARGE NUMBERS & LARGE FISH this month!!! Let the fish decide just how you fish the bait. A good rule to start with is a TWITCH TWITCH PAUSE cadence, with the pause being 5 to 10 seconds. Some days you may have to slow down a lot more and on other days they may be very aggressive! 

 FISH TALES HAS ALL OF YOUR JERKBAIT NEEDS FROM LUCKY CRAFT, LUCK E STRIKE, SPRO, DUO REALIS, STRIKE KING, RATTLING ROGUE & STORM!!

WE ARE AWAITING OUR SHIPMENT OF THE NEW RAPALA SHADOW RAP IN BOTH DEPTH RANGES!!!
 

Another favorite way for me to catch fish is with a 1/4oz Longbill Luck E Strike Scrounger rigged with a DAMIKI ARMOR SHAD. Make long casts to points and deeper flats that have baitfish nearby and be sure to maintain bottom contact with the bait for the entire cast! 

On bright sunny days, the fish may pull up to boat docks, lay down trees and shallow rocks in search of warmer water. On days like this a tight wiggle crankbait like a RAPALA SHAD RAP can produce numbers of fish for you. 

Spy Baiting has taken the fishing industry like a hurricane in August! Duo Realis' Spin Bait 80 and Spin Bait 90 has been catching fish since 2014 and Fish Tales is now fully stocked on both sizes and in every color available!!!! To see a great video of how to fish this this unique bait go to www.duo-inc.co.jp/bass/en/realis and click on SPIN BAIT 80. 
  
CRAPPIE- The Specks are still in deep water here on the MAIN SIDE at the current time. (From some of the reports that I am getting, if you are fortunate enough to have access to the HOT SIDE, fish can be caught from 5-10 feet of water.) Look for them to start making a move very soon. Bridge pilings, deep brush piles and deep rocks will hold fish all month long. Small minnows rigged on slip bobbers will be the best way to catch fish as long as they are deep. 

Once they move up shallower, a 2" Kalin Grub rigged on a 1/16oz jig head will put large amounts of these tasty vittles in the cooler for you! My top 3 colors are John Deere Green, Green Weenie and Wally World. A slow steady retrieve is the best, no need to hop or jerk the bait! 

STRIPER- NO REPORT ON STRIPER AT THIS TIME!!!

LAKE LEVEL- FULL POOL

WATER TEMPS
UPLAKE- FROZEN
MIDLAKE- 37-42
DOWN LAKE- 42-45
DIKE 3- 49 

Chris Craft
CCBASSN GUIDE SERVICE
www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com
ccbassn@aol.com 
540-894-6195

Anna Point Marina
Fish Tales
540-895-5900 ext 5

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Current Lake Conditions at Fish Tales


THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN ON 3-3-2015
                      

The ramp at Fish Tales is still frozen and locked in with ice. I will keep everyone informed on the conditions this week and let everyone know when it finally opens up!


Also, our Big Fish Contest is going to be postponed until April, in order to give everyone a fair chance for an entire month. We will also be extending it into May this year!!!!
Contest Dates are April 1-April 30 & May1-May 31
Bass, Crappie and Striper weighed in for April & May. We will be paying $100 or a Yearly Ramp Pass. ($125 value) for each month! 


Here are the rules.......

MUST LAUNCH AT APM/FISH TALES and either pay the $8 ramp fee or be a yearly ramp pass holder.


Fish can be caught on artificial or live bait.

If fishing with a guide or employee,
RAMP FEE MUST BE PAID BEFORE OUTING.


Tournament caught fish are eligible, however they must be weighed on the porch scales.

There is NO fishing report at the current time, I will resume fishing reports and outlooks by Mid March or earlier if possible.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Monthly Outlook for December

DECEMBER

Anna Point Marina/Fish Tales has once again started their Annual Big Fish Contest. They will be giving away either $100 or a yearly ramp pass ($125 VALUE) to the angler that catches the largest bass, crappie and striper for the month. 

RULES.......

1- Must launch from Anna Point Marina and
    fish must be caught during regular business
    business hours.

2- If you are fishing with an employee or guide,
    you must pay the $8 ramp fee BEFORE your
    outing. 

3- Tournament Caught fish are eligible,
     however, they must be weighed on our
     porch scales.

4- Artificial and Live bait is allowed.


                      

MOTHLY OUTLOOK for DECEMBER


The Thanksgiving Holiday has come and gone and Old Man Winter has started knocking on the door! Last month proved to be a great month for both crappie & striper.  Fish Tales weighed and photographed several nice striper & crappie, as well as a few nice bass caught by anglers fishing with both live and artificial baits. 

The November Big Fish Contest at Fish Tales had several leader changes throughout the month, including a four way tie at one time for crappie! Here are the anglers that took top honors taking the $100 first place prize with their fish...........


                          STRIPER- KURT HAMMERSCHMIDT  12 POUNDS 13 OUNCES
                                     BASS- DAVID COOK  6 POUNDS 12 OUNCES
  

                                     CRAPPIE- ROBBIE PUGH  1 POUND 9 OUNCES

   CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED!!!!!!!!


Fish Tales is doing it again this month as well.
The rules are very simple.........

1- MUST LAUNCH AT ANNA POINT MARINA
2- IF FISHING WITH A GUIDE, $8 RAMP FEE MUST BE PAID BEFORE OUTING
3- LIVE AND ARTIFICIAL BAIT IS ALLOWED
4- TOURNAMENT CAUGHT FISH ARE ELIGIBLE
5- ALL FISH MUST ME WEIGHED ON THE FISH TALES PORCH SCALES

TOP PRIZE IS $100 or A YEARLY RAMP PASS ($125 VALUE)

BASS- The largemouth will be in a full winter pattern starting this month. Look for fish to be on main lake points, deep brush and rock piles, channel edges and deep stump fields. 
Great way to catch them are with suspending jerk baits, Scrounger Heads rigged with a Damiki Armor Shad, spoons like the Tooth Ache, blade baits like the Riverside Ripper,DAMIKI VAULT, DAMIKI VORTEX and Jig & Pig combinations. 
Fishing slow and finding the bait fish are the keys to winter time fishing. You will still be able to find some schooling action in the Dike 3 area of the lake all month. A-Rigs will be a major player again this winter to put fish in the boat. I like to rig my multi arm rigs with 1/4oz jig heads and I employee several different types of 4 inch swimbaits. Damiki Anchovy Shads, Bass Assassin Sea Shads, Reaction Innovations Little Dipper & Strike King Perfect Plastics KVD Swim-N-Shiner.


CRAPPIE- The Specks have moved from the shallows to the winter time hideouts. Bridge pilings, deep docks and brush piles will hold numbers of fish all winter. Small minnows rigged on slip bobbers and 2" curl tail grubs are great ways to catch them. There will be all sorts of sizes schooled up together this time of year. (not necessarily according to size) Most of the time you will have to catch lot's of small ones to get the keepers that you are after. This is the reason I prefer artificial bait.



STRIPER- These will be the most sought out fish all winter long. Early in the month you can catch them up in the "RIVERS" until the water temps start to drop and then they will follow the bait back down to the mid lake area. Around Christmas they should be located around the 208 bridge and the Dike 3 fish will also be turning on. 
Look for birds diving as an indicator that bait fish is in the area. Don't run all the way up to the diving birds, the school can be very large and fish can be caught 100 yards of more away from the action. Just like with my multi arm rigs for bass fishing, I employee several different 4 inch paddle tail swimbaits rigged on a 1/4oz jig head. My favorite is a Damiki Anchovy Shad in either Pro Purple or Pro Blue colors, followed by Bass Assassin Sea Shads in either Crystal Shads or Salt & Pepper Silver Phantom Chart Tail (commonly known as GREEN TAIL), Strike King Perfect Plastics KVD Swim-N-Shiner in Green Gizzard Shad & Blue Gizzard Shad and Reaction Innovations Little Dipper in Sexy Shad & Pearl Blue Shad colors. 
Downsizing your line will help you as well. I use 8lb Izorline on my spinning outfits and 10lb Izorline on my casting. Remember you are fishing open water, no need for large line tests to get them in the boat, just take your time and wear them down. Good luck and I will see you out there!!!



Lake Level- 14 inches low

Water Temps

Dike 3-  50 degrees
Down Lake-  46-49 degrees
Mid Lake-  45-47 degrees
Up Lake-  42-45 degrees


Chris Craft
CCBASSN GUIDE SERVICE
www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com
540-894-6195
540-895-5900 ext 5