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Sounds about right Jeff. Another post today had some WRC info saying it would be hard for Jordan to support fish over 6 pounds in the summer months. 40 pounds is an ocean sized striper though, they get even bigger.
 

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I noticed topsail angler said 40 ponds is and ocean sized fish. Not really land locked striper routinely get over 40 the state record in TN. is over 68 ponds. I have caught many fish over thirty myself. You need two over thirty to win and SCC (the old NSBA) tourney. The winner of the spring tourney on Clark Hill had over 70 lbs in two fish. I am fishing in a tourney on Lanier this coming weekend (2/16/08) and expect to need fish like this to win.
 

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You should have found a couple of Amy's (Junkie-ette) pics -- big fish beside a little gal make for a more striking shot...

I hope one day to be able to fish like a girl... at least that one...
 
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Not my fish Marty, I've never caught a striper out of Jordan other than the hybrid wipers.

That's Striper Sniper and his fish,,, just using his pix as an example of the size of some of them rock bass in Jordan.

Junkie
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Hot Spot are the guru's for sure that I know of for stripers up on Jordan.

Junkie and Spot have help'd me out by sharing some of their tips/tricks,, I just hadn't put in the time to try.

Troy can catch some big'n's for sure! (Aka Sniper)
 

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I noticed topsail angler said 40 ponds is and ocean sized fish. Not really land locked striper routinely get over 40 the state record in TN. is over 68 ponds. I have caught many fish over thirty myself. You need two over thirty to win and SCC (the old NSBA) tourney. The winner of the spring tourney on Clark Hill had over 70 lbs in two fish. I am fishing in a tourney on Lanier this coming weekend (2/16/08) and expect to need fish like this to win.
Sorry guys, I should have mentioned my comments are in reference to NC where we really have hot summers in the lake areas where the stripers are stocked. Large stripers do not do well in hot water especially with low oxygen levels like we see in our lakes in the summer. To my point, the record on Jordan is about 18 pounds I think.

The largest of those two fish Troy is holding was 17.5 pounds or as he said, just shy of the lake record.

Here's a Picture from Capt Ray of a 42 pound Ocean Striper



Here's an excerpt from a NC WRC article which has other interesting facts about Lake Striper fishing NC.

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"Truly large striped bass—the kind making headlines in Tennessee reservoirs—require abundant food and plenty of cool, oxygenated water. Many of North Carolina's piedmont reservoirs have plenty of shad, but none have dissolved oxygen at the cooler water temperatures preferred by large striped bass in hot dry summers. Consequently, fish larger than 20 pounds will never be abundant in these lakes. Lake Norman has neither the optimal water conditions nor the abundant food resources necessary to support a trophy striped bass fishery."[/FONT]
 

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I relize saltwater striper are bigger. But I think you are under estimating the freshwater fishery. The saltwater fish in the picture is not and uncomin landlocked size fish. Clark hill is in georgia, plenty hot there and fish pushing forty and above are routine. The fishing in tennesse has been making headlines for years, not just lately. You can't turn a head in east TN with a fish less than forty, fiftys are comin and it's plenty hot in TN. I have fished both of these fisherys in the past and have seen it for myself. If you think southern land locked stripper cant get big, your missing the boat.
 

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I relize saltwater striper are bigger. But I think you are under estimating the freshwater fishery. The saltwater fish in the picture is not and uncomin landlocked size fish. Clark hill is in georgia, plenty hot there and fish pushing forty and above are routine. The fishing in tennesse has been making headlines for years, not just lately. You can't turn a head in east TN with a fish less than forty, fiftys are comin and it's plenty hot in TN. I have fished both of these fisherys in the past and have seen it for myself. If you think southern land locked stripper cant get big, your missing the boat.
I'm not under estimating or even referring to any stripers outside of NC. Again, my comment was limited to North Carolina were it is uncommon to catch a landlocked striper over 20 pounds.

Don't get me wrong, catching stripers in NC lakes is still a lot of fun - as attested to by many of our members. I know I enjoy catching 10 - 15 pound stripers on the Cape Fear River. But if folks are reading this and expecting to catch a 40 pound Striper in North Carolina Lakes on a regular basis, I'm afraid they will be severely disappointed.

Marty - I'm sure you are right about the TN and GA stripers so I'm sorry if I mislead you into thinking I was referring to fish outside of the NC Lakes.
 

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NC has three lakes where big stripers are possible ala TN, GA and KY.

They are all on the Catawba Chain:

Lookout Shoals
Rhodhiss
Hickory

Rhodhiss especially produces 30 and 40 pounders every year.

No 50s and I don't think there will ever be any.

But 30s and 40s, sure.

W. Kerr Scott Reservoir near Wilkesboro is also being stocked with stripers now and it is a deep, coolwater lake. It could produce monsters too.
 

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i have a buddy got a 36 lber out of lake hickory last year, and for the ocean. I went 4 times last year to virgina striper fishing ( in 20 degree weather) only hooked should say snag one shark while trolling.they went back this year and landed 20 or so(around 8 lbs avr) did get one 30lber. i'm going to save the 6 1/2 hour drive the hotel money and fish in norman and lake hickory. plus not having two 200 hp outboards suckin the dollars out my pocket.
 
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