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I’m going to play Hookie alot next month.

I’m buried with work. On the one hand, I should be thankful. On the other hand I’m miserable because I have to work. Especially when it’s spring striper season.

Hampton roads is one of the few places that holds stripers pretty much all year. There are always schoolies hiding by the rocks, slot fish in all the area haunts, the goliaths during the winter and some seriously cool shallow water stripers in the spring.

Here’s a 46” spring striper. I think these are my favorite striper to catch because they’re in 5’ of water and clearly visible in the water column. Sight casting is the method of choice and it’s no gimme. On a typical day, you should be able to see ten to twenty schools of fish that contain about 100 to 200. The frustrating thing isn’t finding them, it’s getting them to eat. They only have one thing on their mind… mating. I’m usually not hungry when mating is on my mind, however, I have never missed a meal either.


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