Fishing for striped bass and hybrids on Clarks Hill Lake has been on fire. My son, Justin Marsh, booked a trip with Andrew Tubbs of William Sasser Guide Service, and we really stuck it to the fish.

Tubbs was fishing in 60 to 70 feet of water near the dam. The lake has an aeration system that really helps boost the fishing potential of the lake by increasing the oxygen content of the water so stripers and hybrids not only survive, but thrive.

Our biggest striper weighed 8.4 pounds and was tolled up to the baits by Tubbs' drumming on the bottom of the boat. He said it sounded like baitfish and attracted the predatory fish to his live blueback herring baits.

 

The baits were fished on Carolina rigs, and Tubbs' color depthfinder screen was so finely tuned that we could see the individual stripers attacking the baits. They wanted them alive, which was verified when we tossed the dead baits removed from the hooks overboard. We could see stripers and hybrids come up to the baits as they trailed downward behind the boat. Bigger marks on the machine (stripers and hybrids are yellow) came up to the baitfish marks, sniffed them, then headed back deep with the dead herring continuing its descent to the bottom.

 

These were some hard-fighting fish. Tubbs used heavy rods and baitcasting reels to subdue them. The limit is 10 fish in combination per angler per day, which is very generous indeed.