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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Outlook for September & Angler Appreciation Tournament


2014 ANGLER APPRECIATION OPEN TEAM BASS TOURNAMENT

October 26
7am-3pm
Lake Anna
Anna Point Marina/Fish Tales

You Can Get A Copy Of The Entry Form At www.annapoint.com  Click On Fishing & Scroll Down To Angler Appreciation Tournament. The Earlier That You Send In Your Entry Fee, The Better Your Boat Number Will Be




2014 ANGLER APPRECIATION TOURNAMENT RULES


$110 Entry Fee Per Boat … Includes $10 Big Fish Pot


All Proceeds Going Back To The Anglers After Expenses. (expenses are trophies, food, advertising, ect.)

You Can Pre Register or Pay The Morning Of The Tournament (there is no late fee)



Top 5 Teams Plus The Big Fish Winner Will Receive Custom Engraved Plaques

The Winners Names Will Go On The Angler Appreciation Tournament Champions Trophy and Will Be Displayed in Fish Tales at Anna Point Marina, Plus They Will Receive A Free Entry In The 2015 Event And Will Be Boat Number 1.


Boat Numbers Will Be Assigned In Order Of Paid Entries Received

Payback Is 1 Place For Every 7 Boats Entered

You Can Fish Alone Or With A Partner

No Partner Changes After The Start Of The Tournament

5 Fish Limit Per Boat

All Fish Must Be Caught In A Conventional Manner On Rod & Reel

No Trolling ... Artificial Bait Only

All Fish Will Be Minimum Of 12" Long (all fish will be measured on Pro Series Ruler)

Largemouth And Smallmouth Bass Are Allowed. (Yes, there is a very small population of Smallmouth In Lake Anna)

Life Jackets Must Be Worn While Up On Plane & Kill Switch Attached

No Alcohol Before or During Tournament Hours

No Off Limits Unless Otherwise Posted By Virginia Dominion Power

No Fishing Within 50 Yards of An Anchored Boat (trolling motor up and Power Poles Deployed or Anchor in the Water) or Within 25 Yards Of A Boat Not Anchored

Must Have A Working Live Well

ABSOLUTELY NO CULLING OF DEAD FISH!!!!!!


PENALTIES
There Will Be A 4 oz (.25lb) Penalty For Each Dead Fish

Dead Fish Can Be Weighed For Big Fish, However There Will Be A .25lb Penalty

You Will Be Penalized 1 Pound Per Minute Up To 10 Minutes For Being Late To Weigh In. Any Boat Coming In After 10 Minutes Is Disqualified.

Any Team Bringing In Fish Under The 12” Minimum Will Be Penalized 1 Pound Per Short Fish and Loss Of Each Short Fish


Make Checks Payable To: Anna Point Marina

Mail To:
Fish Tales
c/o Chris Craft or Dave Fauntleroy
13721 Anna Point Ln
Mineral Va 23117

Fish Tales (540) 895-5900 ext5
Chris Craft (540) 894-6195
Dave Fauntleroy (540) 840-6772

We will have catered food and give away raffle prizes.

We are asking you to bring some kind of covered dish as well, if you would like. Everyone is invited to eat until all the food is gone!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!


Every Participant Will Receive 1 Raffle Ticket The Morning Of the Tournament. These Tickets Will Be For The Drawing Of All The Give Away Prizes That Have Been Donated By Our Sponsors. 

Here Is The List Of Sponsors So Far........

Anna Point Marina- 4 Yearly Ramp Passes  $125 Value Each  $500 Total Value
Fish Tales-  2 Hooded Fish Tales Sweatshirts  $30 each $60 Total Value
Bulldog Custom Rods-  1 Custom Fishing Rod  $160 Value
Warlock Custom Rods-  1 Custom Rod
Duane Adams/Aflac-  1 Lew's Team Lew's Gold Spinning Reel  $130 Value
Crush Em Cranks-  1 Custom Painted Tackle Pack
Fish N Art Custom Baits & Taxidermy Reproduction Mount To The Big Fish Winner  $250 Value
Eye Surrender Eyeware-  2 pair Of Eye Surrender Polarized Glasses  $50 Value Each
Captain Gary's Marine Care Prouducts-  1 Tournament Box ... Deep Creek Lures  1 Tackle Pack  $115 Value
Arson Jigs-  1 Custom Tackle Pack  $100 Value
Inferno Tackle Company-  1 Custom Tackle Pack  $75 Value
Ray's Custom Baits & Models-  1 Custom Painted Tackle Pack  $52 Value
Lake Country marine- 3 gallons of Premium Plus 2 Cycle Oil  $40ea  $120 Total Value
Lake Anna resident Kevin Dorr- 1 Lew's BB1 5.1:1  $160 Value

I Will Update The Sponsor List As more Prizes Become Available.

 



BASS- Most of the bass in the lake are making a move from the deeper water for the summer in the Mid and Down lake regions. Look for them on rocky main lake points. BY THE END OF THE MONTH, LOOK FOR THEM IN THE BACKS OF MAJOR CREEKS. 

Early and late in the day, some of them will move up to feed on the many bait fish pods in the lake, but the majority of them will stay suspended on the points. You can catch them on deep crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged plastics and Shakey Head plastics.

Throughout this month you can still catch uplake bass in and around the willow grass. During low light conditions, top water will produce for you. Fish Damiki MTB Noisy Buzz Baits in and around the grass, try putting a Damiki Air Frog in the thickest willow grass you can find and be prepared for very violent strikes. Don Iovino Splash It poppers will work around the edges, Fish Tales has a very large assortment of colors in this great top water popper! once the sun gets above the tree line, pitch an Arson Jigs Arkie Head Jig under boat docks and into the willow grass. 

September is the month for schooling bass in the early mornings and late evenings busting the many pads of shad and herring fry. The top water action is great with these schoolies. The Paycheck Baits Repo Man walking baits, Don Iovino Splash It, Damiki Rambler, D-Pop are great choices for surface fishing. For sub surface strikes, the Damiki Armor Shad comes in 2 sizes, 3" and 5" is a hard bait to beat. More great soft jerkbaits are Zoom Super Fluke's & Super Fluke Jr's.

You can also catch these schooling fish with spoons and blade baits. Toothache Spoons are small in size to match the baitfish that they are feeding on. Another great spoon is the Strike King Sexy Spoon, Fish Tales has them in 3 proven colors. 




STRIPER- The Lineside's are still in FULL BLOWN SUMMER (just like last month)  pattern NOW. You can find them feeding on the surface early in the morning from the 208 bridge up to Stubb's Bridge on the Pamunkey arm and up to the Holiday Bridge on the North Anna arm. Popping baits, Walking baits and soft jerkbaits are all great choices. My favorite is a Cotton Cordell Broken Back Redfin. Just wake the bait under the surface and hold on, the strikes are usually very violent. After the morning feed is over, look for them with your electronics. Once you find the school, you can catch the by vertical jigging Toothache Spoons, Damiki Vault's and Damiki Vortex Blade Baits.

Trolling is still doing well with the water temps still in the middle 80's. Deep Diving Redfin's with a bucktail trailer, DD22's in Chart/Blue back and BPS LEC15's in Chart/Blue and XXX Shad are all great trolling baits. One little trick that I do with the DD22's and LEC15's are to add a "FLUKE KILLER" bucktail trailer to them. The "FLUKE KILLER" is a weightless bucktail with a spinner blade in front of it. 


Live Bait is also working well for the anglers wanting to fish that way. Store bought large or jumbo shiners will work but, the native bait in the lake will be a better choice if you can get up early enough and throw a cast net. Go to Stubbs Bridge, 208 bridge or Holiday Mill Bridge and hang a lantern to attract the Blue Back Herring to it. Remember, that as the water temps get warmer, the striper will "GIVE UP THE GHOST" rather quickly. Once you have your limit (20" minimum- 4 per person) PLEASE DO NOT not continue to catch and release them. Even though they may swim off right after the release, most will dye for the stress of being caught.



CRAPPIE- Most of the Specks are still in their summer haunts at this time. Although we have had some early reports of some fish already moving up to a few of the shallow boat docks. when fishing these shallow boat docks, try skipping a 2" Kalin Curly Tail grub as far up underneath as you can, a slow steady retrieve is the best. 


Look for them under deep boat docks, around bridge pilings and brush piles. Small minnows rigged on jig heads or slip bobber's will be your best bet to catch a cooler full of these tasty morsels.



Lake Level- 6 inches low


Water Temps
Dike 3- 84-88 degrees
Mid lake- 83-86 degrees
Up Lake- 84-88 degrees

Clarity
Down Lake-  Clear
Mid Lake- Mostly Clear

Up Lake- Moderate Stain







Chris Craft
CCBASSN Guide Service
www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com
ccbassn@aol.com
540-894-6195
540-895-5770
540-895-5900 ext5

TEAM LEW'S PRO STAFF
www.lews.com

PAYCHECK BAITS PRO STAFF
www.paycheckbaits.com

BULLDOG CUSTOM RODS PRO STAFF
www.bulldogrods.com

ARSON JIG'S PRO STAFF
www.arsonjigs.com                          

IZORLINE INTERNATIONAL PRO STAFF
www.izorline.com                                             

EYE SURRENDER PRO STAFF
www.eyesurrendernow.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 ANGLER APPRECIATION OPEN TEAM BASS TOURNAMENT

October 26
7am-3pm
Lake Anna
Anna Point Marina/Fish Tales

You Can Get A Copy Of The Entry Form At www.annapoint.com  Click On Fishing & Scroll Down To Angler Appreciation Tournament. The Earlier That You Send In Your Entry Fee, The Better Your Boat Number Will Be




2014 ANGLER APPRECIATION TOURNAMENT RULES


$110 Entry Fee Per Boat … Includes $10 Big Fish Pot


All Proceeds Going Back To The Anglers After Expenses. (expenses are trophies, food, advertising, ect.)

You Can Pre Register or Pay The Morning Of The Tournament (there is no late fee)



Top 5 Teams Plus The Big Fish Winner Will Receive Custom Engraved Plaques

The Winners Names Will Go On The Angler Appreciation Tournament Champions Trophy and Will Be Displayed in Fish Tales at Anna Point Marina, Plus They Will Receive A Free Entry In The 2015 Event And Will Be Boat Number 1.


Boat Numbers Will Be Assigned In Order Of Paid Entries Received

Payback Is 1 Place For Every 7 Boats Entered

You Can Fish Alone Or With A Partner

No Partner Changes After The Start Of The Tournament

5 Fish Limit Per Boat

All Fish Must Be Caught In A Conventional Manner On Rod & Reel

No Trolling ... Artificial Bait Only

All Fish Will Be Minimum Of 12" Long (all fish will be measured on Pro Series Ruler)

Largemouth And Smallmouth Bass Are Allowed. (Yes, there is a very small population of Smallmouth In Lake Anna)

Life Jackets Must Be Worn While Up On Plane & Kill Switch Attached

No Alcohol Before or During Tournament Hours

No Off Limits Unless Otherwise Posted By Virginia Dominion Power

No Fishing Within 50 Yards of An Anchored Boat (trolling motor up and Power Poles Deployed or Anchor in the Water) or Within 25 Yards Of A Boat Not Anchored

Must Have A Working Live Well

ABSOLUTELY NO CULLING OF DEAD FISH!!!!!!


PENALTIES
There Will Be A 4 oz (.25lb) Penalty For Each Dead Fish

Dead Fish Can Be Weighed For Big Fish, However There Will Be A .25lb Penalty

You Will Be Penalized 1 Pound Per Minute Up To 10 Minutes For Being Late To Weigh In. Any Boat Coming In After 10 Minutes Is Disqualified.

Any Team Bringing In Fish Under The 12” Minimum Will Be Penalized 1 Pound Per Short Fish and Loss Of Each Short Fish


Make Checks Payable To: Anna Point Marina

Mail To:
Fish Tales
c/o Chris Craft or Dave Fauntleroy
13721 Anna Point Ln
Mineral Va 23117

Fish Tales (540) 895-5900 ext5
Chris Craft (540) 894-6195
Dave Fauntleroy (540) 840-6772

We will have catered food and give away raffle prizes.

We are asking you to bring some kind of covered dish as well, if you would like. Everyone is invited to eat until all the food is gone!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!


Every Participant Will Receive 1 Raffle Ticket The Morning Of the Tournament. These Tickets Will Be For The Drawing Of All The Give Away Prizes That Have Been Donated By Our Sponsors. 

Here Is The List Of Sponsors So Far........

Anna Point Marina/Fish Tales- 4 Yearly Ramp Passes  $125 Value Each
Bulldog Custom Rods  1 Custom Fishing Rod  $160 Value
Warlock Custom Rods  1 Custom Rod
Duane Adams/Aflac  1 Lew's Team Lew's Gold Spinning Reel  $130 Value
Crush Em Cranks  1 Custom Painted Tackle Pack
Fish N Art Custom Baits & Taxidermy Reproduction Mount To The Big Fish Winner  $250 Value
Eye Surrender Eyeware  2 pair Of Eye Surrender Polarized Glasses  $50 Value Each
Captain Gary's Marine Care  1 Tournament Box ... Deep Creek Lures  1 Tackle Pack  $115 Value
Arson Jigs  1 Custom Tackle Pack  $100 Value
Inferno Tackle Company  1 Custom Tackle Pack  $75 Value

I Will Update The Sponsor List As more Prizes Become Available. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MOnthly Outlook for August





 



CCBASSN GUIDE SERVICE is offering an EARLY BIRD TOP WATER TRIP for the months of June, July and August on Monday, Thursday and Friday only . These trips will be 3 hour outings for 1 or 2 anglers and will be TOP WATER only. The rate for the EARLY BIRD TRIPS are $125!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .

BASS- Most of the bass in the lake have made their move to deeper water for the summer in the Mid and Down lake regions. Look for them on deep brush piles, bridge pilings and rock piles in the middle of the day. Early and late in the day, some of them will move up to feed on the many bait fish pods in the lake, but the majority of them will stay in deep water and feed. You can catch them on deep crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged plastics and Shakey Head plastics. One of my favorite crank baits is the Luck E Strike Rick Clunn Freak. This shovel lip deep diver will get to its maximum depth faster than any other crank bait that I have thrown.


Throughout this month you can still catch uplake bass in and around the willow grass. During low light conditions, top water will produce for you. Fish Damiki MTB Noisy Buzz Baits in and around the grass, try putting a Damiki Air Frog in the thickest willow grass you can find and be prepared for very violent strikes. Don Iovino Splash It poppers will work around the edges, Fish Tales has a very large assortment of colors in this great top water popper! once the sun gets above the tree line, pitch an Arson JIgs Arkie Head Jig under boat docks and into the willow grass. 

August is the month to start looking for schooling bass in the early mornings and late evenings busting the many pads of shad and herring fry. The top water action is great with these schoolies. The Paycheck Baits Repo Man walking baits, Don Iovino Splash It, Damiki Rambler, D-Pop are great choices for surface fishing. For sub surface strikes, the Damiki Armor Shad is a hard bait to beat. More great soft jerkbaits are Zoom Super Fluke's, Super Fluke Jr's and North Anna Bait Company CC Minow's. 

You can also catch these schooling fish with spoons and blade baits. Toothache Spoons are small in size to match the baitfish that they are feeding on. Another great spoon is the Strike King Sexy Spoon, Fish Tales has the in 2 proven colors. 




STRIPER- The Lineside's are in FULL BLOWN SUMMER pattern NOW. You can find them feeding on the surface early in the morning from the 208 bridge up to Stubb's Bridge on the Pamunkey arm and up to the Holiday Bridge on the North Anna arm. Popping baits, Walking baits and soft jerkbaits are all great choices. My favorite is a Cotton Cordell Broken Back Redfin. Just wake the bait under the surface and hold on, the strikes are usually very violent. After the morning feed is over, look for them with your electronics. Once you find the school, you can catch the by vertical jigging Toothache Spoons, Damiki Vault's and Damiki Vortex Blade Baits.

Trolling is also in FULL SWING. Deep Diving Redfin's with a bucktail trailer, DD22's in Chart/Blue back and BPS LEC15's in Chart/Blue and XXX Shad are all great trolling baits. One little trick that I do with the DD22's and LEC15's are to add a "FLUKE KILLER" bucktail trailer to them. The "FLUKE KILLER" is a weightless bucktail with a spinner blade in front of it. 


Live Bait is also working well for the anglers wanting to fish that way. Store bought large or jumbo shiners will work but, the native bait in the lake will be a better choice if you can get up early enough and throw a cast net. Go to Stubbs Bridge, 208 bridge or Holiday Mill Bridge and hang a lantern to attract the Blue Back Herring to it. Remember, that as the water temps get warmer, the striper will "GIVE UP THE GHOST" rather quickly. Once you have your limit (20" minimum- 4 per person) PLEASE DO NOT not continue to catch and release them. Even though they may swim off right after the release, most will dye for the stress of being caught.



CRAPPIE- The Specks are in their summer haunts at this time. Look for them under deep boat docks, around bridge pilings and brush piles. Small minnows rigged on jig heads or slip bobber's will be your best bet to catch a cooler full of these tasty morsals.



Lake Level- Full Pool


Water Temps
Dike 3- 84-88 degrees
Mid lake- 83-86 degrees
Up Lake- 84-88 degrees

Clarity
Down Lake-  Clear
Mid Lake- Mostly Clear

Up Lake- Moderate Stain







Chris Craft
CCBASSN Guide Service
www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com
ccbassn@aol.com
540-894-6195
540-895-5770
540-895-5900 ext5

TEAM LEW'S PRO STAFF
www.lews.com

PAYCHECK BAITS PRO STAFF
www.paycheckbaits.com

BULLDOG CUSTOM RODS PRO STAFF
www.bulldogrods.com

ARSON JIG'S PRO STAFF
www.arsonjigs.com                          

IZORLINE INTERNATIONAL PRO STAFF
www.izorline.com                                             

EYE SURRENDER PRO STAFF
www.eyesurrendernow.com

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Outlook for July




 CCBASSN GUIDE SERVICE is offering an EARLY BIRD TOP WATER TRIP for the months of June, July and August on Monday, Thursday and Friday only . These trips will be 3 hour outings for 1 or 2 anglers and will be TOP WATER only. The rate for the EARLY BIRD TRIPS are $125!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .

BASS- Most of the bass in the lake have made their move to deeper water for the summer in the Mid and Down lake regions. Look for them on deep brush piles, bridge pilings and rock piles in the middle of the day. Early and late in the day, some of them will move up to feed on the many bait fish pods in the lake, but the majority of them will stay in deep water and feed. You can catch them on crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged plastics and Shakey Head plastics. One of my favorite crank baits is the Luck E Strike Rick Clunn Freak. This shovel lip deep diver will get to its maximum depth faster than any other crank bait that I have thrown. 


This is the time of year when up lake can be great for the early top water bite. Look for fish to be around the Willow Grass and on long shallow points. Cast Damiki MTB Buzz Baits to them and hold on!!! The last week of June my clients and myself caught five fish over 5 pounds, 6 fish between 4 and 5 pounds and countless fish in the 2- 4 pound range, ALL IN 9 HOURS OF FISHING!!! Once the top water action has slowed down, start looking for the thickest Willow Grass you can find and boat docks. Start pitching 1/2oz jigs and creature baits. Fishing gets slow when the sun gets high in the sky, but it can be very rewarding!!!! 

Fish Tales has the only line up of Damiki Baits in the area! They have every color in the MTB Noisy Buzz Baits in both 3/8 and 1/2 ounce. The NEW AIR FROG is getting some attention from me and a few other anglers as well. This unique Buzz Frog is larger than most frogs that folks are using on the lake. It measures 4 inches long, is approx 2 inches wide and 
1 1/4 inches thick. It is about 3 inches or so wide at the paddles, what this translates to is........... BIG BAIT = BIG FISH!!!! 

The Air Frog has a hollow body with a foam insert, so it can be fished with a twitch, twitch, pause cadence! The best hook to get the job done is the Owner 6/0 Beast hook. 

In addition to the Buzz Baits and Air Frogs, they also have the D-Pop popping bait and the Rambler walking bait. Stop on by Fish Tales and get a demo from me and see them in action for yourself. 




STRIPER- The Lineside's are headed in FULL BLOWN SUMMER pattern NOW. You can find them feeding on the surface early in the morning from the 208 bridge up to Stubb's Bridge on the Pamunkey arm and up to the Holiday Bridge on the North Anna arm. Popping baits, Walking baits and soft jerkbaits are all great choices. My favorite is a Cotton Cordell Broken Back Redfin. Just wake the bait under the surface and hold on, the strikes are usually very violent. After the morning feed is over, look for them with your electronics. Once you find the school, you can catch the by vertical jigging Toothache Spoons, Damiki Vault's and Damiki Vortex Blade Baits.

Trolling is also in FULL SWING. Deep Diving Redfin's with a bucktail trailer, DD22's in Chart/Blue back and BPS LEC15's in Chart/Blue and XXX Shad are all great trolling baits. One little trick that I do with the DD22's and LEC15's are to add a "FLUKE KILLER" bucktail trailer to them. The "FLUKE KILLER" is a weightless bucktail with a spinner blade in front of it. 


Live Bait is also working well for the anglers wanting to fish that way. Store bought large or jumbo shiners will work but, the native bait in the lake will be a better choice if you can get up early enough and throw a cast net. Go to Stubbs Bridge, 208 bridge or Holiday Mill Bridge and hang a lantern to attract the Blue Back Herring to it. Remember, that as the water temps get warmer, the striper will "GIVE UP THE GHOST" rather quickly. Once you have your limit (20" minimum- 4 per person) PLEASE DO NOT not continue to catch and release them. Even though they may swim off right after the release, most will dye for the stress of being caught.



CRAPPIE- The Specks are in their summer haunts at this time. Look for them under deep boat docks, around bridge pilings and brush piles. Small minnows rigged on jig heads or slip bobber's will be your best bet to catch a cooler full of these tasty morsals.



Lake Level- Full Pool


Water Temps
Dike 3- 84-88 degrees
Mid lake- 83-86 degrees
Up Lake- 84-88 degrees

Clarity
Down Lake-  Clear
Mid Lake- Mostly Clear

Up Lake- Moderate Stain







Chris Craft
CCBASSN Guide Service
www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com
ccbassn@aol.com
540-894-6195
540-895-5770
540-895-5900 ext5

TEAM LEW'S PRO STAFF
www.lews.com

PAYCHECK BAITS PRO STAFF
www.paycheckbaits.com

BULLDOG CUSTOM RODS PRO STAFF
www.bulldogrods.com

ARSON JIG'S PRO STAFF
www.arsonjigs.com                          

IZORLINE INTERNATIONAL PRO STAFF
www.izorline.com                                             

EYE SURRENDER PRO STAFF
www.eyesurrendernow.com  














Wednesday, June 4, 2014

EARLY BIRD TRIPS


Update on Early Bird trips, the only remaining days for the rest of June are on Monday's, Thursday's and Friday's.
Thank you for the response!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Outlook for June


The Memorial Day holiday has come and gone and it is finally TOP WATER time here at the lake. The best fishing will be during the week, the weekends are still doable though. You just might want to think about getting off of the water before noon, as the boat traffic will increase after that. The daytime air temps will be climbing all month long, so remember to stay HYDRATED!!!

Fish Tales now has the area's largest selection of Paycheck Baits.  They have every color of the Repoman and Repoman Late Payment, THE ONE top water popping/walking bait & Transporter Frogs. They also have Punch Skirts, Nose Job's, Punch Stops, Head Case's and even the Donkey Thrasher multi arm rig. Stop on by and get an on the water demo from me!

I am also offering an EARLY BIRD TOP WATER TRIP all summer long. These trips will be 3 hour outings for 1 or 2 anglers and will be TOP WATER only. The rate for the EARLY BIRD TRIPS are $125!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They will be done during the week only, we will get on the water at daybreak and be off in time for you to get the day started with other projects.

BASS- Look for the bass to be shallow and very aggressive early in the morning all month long. Top water baits will be very affective before the sun gets to high in the sky. Walking baits are my favorite, Paycheck Baits make the best walking bait on the market. It is called the REPOMAN!! They also have a smaller version called the Repoman Late Payment. Both of these baits are very easy to walk and are very loud.

Another great bait from Paycheck is "THE ONE". This is an old bait with a new twist. It is a Pencil Popper that can be walked like the Repoman. It spits the water and has a large rattle chamber to call those wary fish from a distance. Look for me to be catching some large fish very soon with this bait.

More great top water baits that will catch fish are the POP-R, Torpedo, Damiki Rambler and the Damiki MTB Noisy Buzz bait. You can find top water fish even in the late morning. You just have to "CHASE THE SHADE" in order to be successful. Fish the shady side of boat docks, bridge pilings and laydown trees.

Once the surface action slows down, it is time to break out the shakey heads and crankbaits. My favorite Shakey Head is a Dave's Tournament Tackle Screwball Head dressed with either a Zoom Trick Worm of a North Anna Bait Company 7" Ring Shaker. Great color choices are Green Pumpkin, Green pumpkin Blue Flake and Watermelon Seed, these are my three go to colors. 

When it comes to cranking at this time of year, it is hard to beat the Bill Norman Deep Little N. This bait will dive to the 12 foot range and is the perfect size. My all time favorite color is Chart/Blue Back. I also have several custom painted baits from Rhino Tuff Custom Crankbaits that I always have tied on. The newest color is called CC GILL, it is a Blue Gill pattern with my own little twist on it. This color will be available in Fish Tales very soon. If you would like to order one for yourself go to www.rhinotuffcc.vpweb.com Tell them you want CC GILL and make sure you put in code CCBASSN at checkout and receive a 10% discount off of your order.

Towards the end of the month, look for the fish to be moving to even deeper water and in and around the brush piles. Step up your crank bait size to a DD22, Luck E Strike Freak, Strike King 6XD's, BPS LEC15. Try and bump whatever cover you are fishing in order to get that reaction strike. Big worms will also start to become a major player as the water warms up even more and the fish move to deeper water. Zoom Mag II and Ole Monster's are my two favorite big worms. Good Luck and stay safe on the water.

STRIPER- The Lineside's are headed into FULL BLOWN SUMMER pattern early this month. You can find them feeding on the surface early in the morning from the 208 bridge up to Stubb's Bridge on the Pamunkey arm and up to the Holiday Bridge on the North Anna arm. Popping baits, Walking baits and soft jerkbaits are all great choices. My favorite is a Cotton Cordell Broken Back Redfin. Just wake the bait under the surface and hold on, the strikes are usually very violent. After the morning feed is over, look for them with your electronics. Once you find the school, you can catch the by vertical jigging Toothache Spoons, Damiki Vault's and Damiki Vortex Blade Baits.

Trolling is also starting a little earlier than normal this year. Deep Diving Redfin's with a bucktail trailer, DD22's in Chart/Blue back and BPS LEC15's in Chart/Blue and XXX Shad are all great trolling baits. One little trick that I do with the DD22's and LEC15's are to add a "FLUKE KILLER" bucktail trailer to them. The "FLUKE KILLER" is a weightless bucktail with a spinner blade in front of it. 


Live Bait is also working well for the anglers wanting to fish that way. Store bought large or jumbo shiners will work but, the native bait in the lake will be a better choice if you can get up early enough and throw a cast net. Go to Stubbs Bridge, 208 bridge or Holiday Mill Bridge and hang a lantern to attract the Blue Back Herring to it. Remember, that as the water temps get warmer, the striper will "GIVE UP THE GHOST" rather quickly. Once you have your limit (20" minimum- 4 per person) to not continue to fish and release them. Even though they may swim off right after the release, most will dye for the stress of being caught.



CRAPPIE- The Specks are moving to their summer haunts at this time. Look for them under deep boat docks, around bridge pilings and brush piles. Small minnows rigged on jig heads or slip bobber's will be your best bet to catch a cooler full of these tasty morsals.



Lake Level- Full Pool


Water Temps
Dike 3- 79-82 degrees
Mid lake- 77-79 degrees
Up Lake- 78-82 degrees

Clarity
Down Lake-  Clear
Mid Lake- Mostly Clear/Slight Stain
Up Lake- Moderate Stain






Chris Craft
CCBASSN Guide Service
www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com
ccbassn@aol.com
540-894-6195
540-895-5770
540-895-5900 ext5

TEAM LEW'S PRO STAFF
www.lews.com

NORTH ANNA BAIT COMPANY PRO STAFF
www.northannabaitco.com

PAYCHECK BAITS PRO STAFF
www.paycheckbaits.com

BULLDOG CUSTOM RODS PRO STAFF
www.bulldogrods.com

ARSON JIG'S PRO STAFF
www.arsonjigs.com                          

RHINO TUFF CUSTOM CRANKBAITS PRO STAFF
 www.rhinotuffcc.vpweb.com

IZORLINE INTERNATIONAL PRO STAFF
www.izorline.com                                             

EYE SURRENDER PRO STAFF
www.eyesurrendernow.com 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MID MAY REPORT


BASS- Now that the lake is back to normal pool and the water has really cleared up, the fish have the feed bags on! It is now TOP WATER time! The Blue Back Herring are starting to spawn and can be found around shallow rocky points, rip rap, bulk heads and boat docks. Look for the bass to be chasing them early in the mornings (sometimes all day long). My top three baits for this is the Paycheck Baits Repo Man, Damiki MTB Noisy Buzz Bait and North Anna Bait Company CC MINNOW's and POP R's.

Look for Blue Gill beds as well, the post spawn females are lurking somewhere near them. Cast a blue gill colored crankbait right into the beds to scatter the Gills and fire up the bass. Cast Pop R's beyond the beds and get aggressive with it.

Once the sun gets high, it is time to switch over to plastics. Carolina rigged lizards,Shakey Head's and wacky Worms will get you many bites throughout the day. You do not need to fish to deep though, I would keep the bait in the 2-10 foot range. Skip the Shakey Heads and Wacky Worms underneath boat docks, the further you can go back......the better.

Uplake in the North Anna arm, the water is still stained from the rains. The emerging willow grass is finally starting to green up. Cast buzz baits, CC Minnow's, Tiger Shad Spinnerbaits, swim baits and jigs to the grass. Cover as much water as possible, there will be long stretches without a bite. But once you do get bit, it will more than likely be a good fish.

REMEMBER THE FISH ARE VERY TIRED FROM THE RIGORS OF THE SPAWN. IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO PUT THEM IN THE LIVE WELL, TAKE A PHOTO AND GET THEM BACK IN THE WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


CRAPPIE- The Specks are about 90% finished with the spawn and are headed to deep water for the summer. Deep brush piles, boats docks with at least 10 feet of water on the ends of them and bridge pilings. Small minnows rigged on a number 1 or 2 Gold Aberdeen hook under a slip bobber with have the best results.


STRIPER- The Striper have made their run up into the rivers and are headed back down lake. Mid Lake is going to turn on very soon as they will be chasing spawning Herring. Look for the around the splits to the 208 bridge. Top water walking baits, swim baits and soft jerk baits are all working at the current time. Trolling will pick up the Memorial Day weekend, Deep Diving Redfins, DD 22's and LEC 15's are all good choices. Stop by Fish Tales and I will get one rigged up for you with a buck tail trailer.


Lake Level- FULL POOL

Water Clarity
Down Lake- CLEAR
Mid Lake- CLEAR
UP Lake- STAINED


Water Temps
Down Lake- upper 77-80
Mid Lake- 75-78
Up Lake- 76-81





Chris Craft
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