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Power Reeling

As the boat slowly trolled over the open water, the bass boat suddenly stopped and dropped a lure straight under the boat without even dropping the trolling motor. After about ten seconds the individual engaged the reel and slowly began to reel up the lure with a basic steady retrieve. A few seconds later the rod bowed to the point it looked like it had hooked a freight train. Sound too easy? Over the course of the last few years, the technique known as power reeling has become increasingly popular for striped bass on many deep water lakes across the Southeast. Power reeling is fairly simple and does not require any special equipment like downriggers or lead core. You don’t even have to take live bait unless you just want to take a few live baits. The most important item that you will need is a 1 1/2oz or 2 oz. Chipmunk jig or similar weight bucktail jig. The most popular color being white with a mylar flash. If you happen to find the fish 80 to 100 ft deep don’t hesitate to use the chipmunk jig with a chartreuse and blue color scheme. Tip the jig with any large trailer. The most popular trailer being a 6 inch white shad body or 6 inch chartreuse curly tail. Any standard baitcasting rod and reel combo will work for this technique making it very popular with people who primary bass fish and are looking for a change of pace in the summer heat. If you want to get a specific rod and reel combo for this fishing, try an Okuma Catalina CT-15D Linecounter reel matched with a seven-foot medium action casting rod. Spool the reel with twelve to fifteen pound test P-line CXX clear line and you are ready to go. As always finding the fish is an important part of the equation but finding the stripers in the summer months is easier than any other time of the year if you have good electronics. The stripers will be in the largest schools of the year and it is not uncommon for the schools of stripes to have fifty to a hundred fish in them or more. During the summer months the stripers will be moving further south with each passing week making it easier and easier to narrow down your search. The power reeling usually begins with the first moon in July in Georgia. Start in the middle of the lake and work your way south checking the deep water in the mouth of each creek. In this case, deep water being water in excess of sixty feet deep. Once you find a good school on your electronics, stop the boat and turn off the big engine. Grab your baitcaster and drop the jig as fast as possible below the school of stripers. Click the reel in gear and steadily bring the jig up through the school of stripes. Most of the time they will hammer the jig. If the steady retrieve does not create a bone jarring strike, speed up the retrieve. If this does not work, try ripping the lure up through the school. Many times they will hit it when the jig slows down for the next rip. With some practice, you should be able to watch the fish chase the jig up and down on your graph. Overall, power reeling is a very easy technique that is many times overlooked.


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