May 10th (afternoon) Roanoke River Striper Fishing Report in Weldon

Today’s fishing proved the best bite of the season. I didn’t have much time to snap pictures because I don’t think I ever stopped keeping these boys hooked up. Big Rob and Elton sure were two lucky anglers.  Rob’s son Bert went with me the week before, bringing his 2 young sons, and we had great fishing then.  Rob told me he wanted to catch twice as many as they did, and I think I fulfilled my end of the deal.

We started out fishing live and cut bait on a BIG school of fish downriver.  It was a very snaggy area, so we couldn’t throw the jigs with much consistency without getting hung up almost every cast, so I anchored up and put out some bottom rigs, which I don’t do too often.  I could only fish 2-3 rods at one time because the bites were coming fast and furious.  They seemed to prefer the cut up shad minnows and cut white shad over the live bait.  I think they turn into little Piranhas during the middle of the day sometimes.  After that mid afternoon bite seemed to slow just a tad, we ventured upriver in search of a late afternoon bite on jigs and topwater.  Well………….let’s just say the topwater bite was on.  On every single cast, multiple fish were coming out of the water to try to swallow our Storm Chug Bugs.  If for some reason you didn’t hook up right away, we were getting multiple bites on every cast………..on every twitch!  Unfreakingbelieveble topwater fishing!

Rob and Elton had had enough by about 7:30 and we left them biting.  They both looked like 2 apes walking up the floating dock to their truck……….dragging their knuckles with slumped shoulders………..exhausted from hauling in fish all afternoon!  Ya gotta love it!

Check out the hybrid we caught.  About a 20 incher.  There are lots of myths about hybrid striped bass. Many people think any fish with broken stripes is a hybrid.  That is simply not true.  Many of the native stripers in the Pamlico and Neuse and some in the Albemarle/Roanoke have broken stripes.  It’s the shape of their upper head and back which gives it away.  They seem to have a hump on the back of their neck just above their dorsal fin and they are often a little taller and less streamlined than native fish. Many are very green in color.

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