Here we talk about bait. In any kind of fishing that I know, the first question everyone asks is, “What are they biting?” Whether you chase trout in Townsend or bonefish in Belize, that’s what you want to know. It is no different here for striped bass fishing on Lake Martin.
Here David Hare of Alex City Guide Service talks about exactly what kind of bait he uses to score big stripers out of Lake Martin. First of all, he makes it clear that in his experience, he thinks live bait is the way to consistently catch big fish. He doesn’t use just any live bait – he throws shad, suckers, and other bait fish out there of gargantuan size. These things are so big that I would be proud to catch them on purpose.
Because many of these bait fish are not native to Lake Martin, David often travels up to 50 miles away to cast net for them. Once back at Lake Martin, he has an intricate system of live wells to keep them alive, fishy, and frisky for long periods of time. Talking about this with David has opened my eyes to a whole new world of fishing that is truly a hybrid of the spotted bass fishing I did growing up and the fishing done by our salty neighbors to the south.
Hope you enjoy this video of the David talking about the bait he uses for striper fishing on Lake Martin. If you have any questions, please do not call me. You will get a lot of dumb answers. Please contact David directly at (256) 401-3089 or via their Facebook page.
If you didn’t catch the first installment of David’s interview, here it is: In Search of Striped Bass , Part 1