Roanoke stripers biting in unlikely places


Stripers in the woods

Capt. Scooter Lilley of CWW Inshore Charters spends a lot of time on the Roanoke River chasing stripers. The river is flooded right now, and the water is out of the banks. But Lilley said they’re still hungry, and still biting. A lot of fish are in the trees, checking out places that are usually dry land.

The guys from Slab Dynasty fish with Lilley regularly, but they’d never done so with the river so high. They were all up to the challenge, and after catching a striper or two here and there in the open water, they headed into the flooded timber where they caught them in places they’d never fished before.

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