This is definitely the time of the year when the golden ticket to big bass at the Stick Marsh is golden shiners. Purists may look down their nose on fishing with live baits but I have to say that when the time is right the action is fast and furious and the big ones are ready to play. It is fun catching for everyone from the first time novice to the seasoned expert.
For those anglers that are new to this there is often a small learning curve to setting the hook right and fighting the fish back to the boat but fear not as you will likely have plenty of bites to help improve your technique.
A typical shiner trip for two lasts from 6-8 hours with about 60 shiners yielding somewhere around 50 strikes. If you are good you will land 7 out of 10. If you are lucky 10 of those 50 will be what I consider as approaching trophy size that is 5 lbs. +. Most will be better than 3. All the fish seem healthy and put up a strong fight.
Of course as always the weather, especially the wind, has a lot to do with the enjoyment factor of the day chosen but as I have said many times November is one of my favorite times to be out there. Plenty of nice weather days, so if you have been contemplating when to go I highly suggest that you make plans to book a day now. Wild shiner fishing is fun stuff and likely the golden ticket to your new personal best and a great day on the lake.
Need more proof? Here are a few words from the angler who is pictured above on his experience.
I never thought it possible to surpass the October day of a year ago at Stickmarsh when Jim Freeman and I landed 60 tremendous bass. We both caught personal records that day.
Well it happened Friday when Roger Hutchison and I landed 60 healthy Stickmarsh lunkers. With numerous bass over 6 lbs. and one passing the 9 lb. mark, we both set personal records. With 42 boated by 12 noon it was quite a day. Even with the heavy wind on Saturday we landed 20 hefty ones. Thanks again for my best day on the water. Of course I will return next year in pursuit of that elusive 10 pounder. Thanks for your great hospitality.”