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Thread: Lake Anna Striper an LM on another Frigid Day (Jan 15, 2018)

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    Default Lake Anna Striper an LM on another Frigid Day (Jan 15, 2018)

    There was no place to fish during the East Coast Deep Freeze of 2017/2018. It was bitterly cold and windy in the coastal areas.
    So, I headed for Dike 3 (cold side) in Lake Anna on Jan 15, 2018. There is a power plant that feeds the warn water to the lake.
    Again, I was the only on the frigid day until noon.

    The water temp at Dike 3 was lower than average of this time of the year by about 20 F.
    • Air Temp: 5 – 30 F (under 10 F until 10:00 AM)
    • Water Temp: 40- 45 F (lower than average by 18 F)
    • Wind: 6 – 10 MPH



    I sprayed the reels with “Reel Magic”. This helps when the reels get iced up (100% chance). I did not bring bait-casting reels. They aren’t quite for the cold days when spools get iced up immediately.

    I had a large bottle of hot water in my cooler so I can keep drinks and food unfrozen for 8-10 hours.

    2 GoPro cameras and my iPhone didn’t work 20 minutes after the launch. I have learned in the past Gopro or other camers didn’t work somewhere under 10 F. It was the first time even iPhone didn’t work. I kept lures and sunglasses under the center hatch. But the hatch was frozen shut. So, I had to come back to de-ice the hatch and to warm up GoPro cameras and the iPhone (using the hot air from the dashboard vent in my truck).

    I found a small flock of feeding birds early. After the break, I found a few school of striper. I managed to stay with the schools of striper.
    I caught about 10 striper (no hybrid) at 16 - 20”. # were at 20”.

    Video Fishing Log:


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    Joe
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    Joe, I live about 30 minutes away from Lake Anna. You sir are MUCH braver than I! The cold has been ugly away from the water, I can only imagine being on it! LOL Great job on the fish, that was a nice LMB! I will get on the Lake one day, but my heart is in the salt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytmouse View Post
    Joe, I live about 30 minutes away from Lake Anna. You sir are MUCH braver than I! The cold has been ugly away from the water, I can only imagine being on it! LOL Great job on the fish, that was a nice LMB! I will get on the Lake one day, but my heart is in the salt!
    I hear you. On this coming Sat or Sun, depending on the wind, I am trying to hit CBBT for tog one more time. The probability of getting zero bite at CBBT is 99.9% this time of the year.

    BTW, here are my two favorite lures (pearl based color) for Lake Anna :



    Joe

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    Well Joe, I'm sure you'll fall in the .1%! Thanks for the info on the lures. I have been reading that they like the pearl down here. I'll add some to the tackle box for when I do get out there!

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    Same here. I will have to make a trip down to Lake Anna some day with my kayak. The last time that I went I was in a paddle canoe with less than spectacular results, but I am sure my kayak will do the trick of landing some fish.
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