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Old 04-15-2018, 11:11 AM
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Heading to Weldon next 2 weekends (20-22, 27-29) for some awesome Striper fishing on the Roanoke River. No worries about inlets, currents, seas forecast or wind. Easy drift fishing or anchored up and 100+ fish days are common. Anyone else going?
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Went last year with my Son,Grandson and Granddaughter,Great fishing with live bait.
i caught one fish, son and grandson caught over a hundred each,granddaughter about 40 fish (I was her bait boy)
we we took home two slot fish.
great trip with a lot of action.

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I am interested in making this trip as well. I usually fish the Dan river for stripers, but have heard they literally jump in the boat at Weldon. Could you PM me some more info about this as well?
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Here are a couple videos...

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jglongest, I tried to send this to you but couldn't...



If anyone decides to go to Weldon for Striper fishing the yellow circled area needs to be avoided. There is a large rock that has eaten a few props throughout the years when the river has been low. Most times the river is high enough that you will not know it's there but if the river is a little low... bad day on the water. If you locate the big rock without tearing anything up, this is a great place to fish because the rock gives the stripers a place to relax out of the current and then smash baitfish as they come by. Most of the time you can also see the water "boiling up" a short distance from the rock which gives away it's location but it's better to avoid it. I wouldn't try to find this just for the fishing aspect of it, they estimate that millions of fish crowd this part of the river to spawn.
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Thanks for all of the advice/tips/help! It is great to have people like you on this forum!
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Thanks for sharing. It has been on my bucket list for 20+ years since traveling by there...one day real soon....lord willing
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It looks like the flow rate and river height has dropped some... Here is the site to see the USGS Current conditions for the Roanoke in Weldon. When the river drops use the trolling motor to get into fishing spots and use the main motor to go up and down the river in the main channel.

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv?site_no=02080500

Here is one of the sites I check fishing reports on... looks like they are catching some good quality fish!

Roanoke River Fishing Report
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Be very familiar with the regulations when you go to Weldon. Your chance of getting checked by wildlife officers is pretty high.
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Originally Posted by nc23mako View Post
Be very familiar with the regulations when you go to Weldon. Your chance of getting checked by wildlife officers is pretty high.
Excellent point! Thank you for pointing that out.

Here is a link to the regulations
Fishing for Striped Bass on the Roanoke River
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Here's some info in case anyone is thinking about going...

Equipment recommendations: You should not encounter any rocks or rapids in the river during normal levels, but pay attention to the area I posted the picture of. I have seen boats from kayaks, 12 foot Jon boats to 28 foot pontoons. Electric trolling motors are recommended to drift the river. If you want to anchor up, you will need two anchors, one off the bow and the other off the stern. Rod holders down the sides will be helpful. A live bait tank is a must. You will be getting your bait away from the river and will need to transport your bait to the river.

Tackle: Most of the stripers will weigh from 2-15lbs so any medium action rod will work. I personally like a 7 foot rod and reel set-up. Abbu Garcia 6500C reel is popular. I use a spinning rod (Penn Clash 2500). Live shad is the bait of choice. The terminal tackle is very simple. Place a sliding 1 oz egg sinker on your main line and tie on a barrel swivel. To this tie on a 18"- 2' leader that is 5 lbs lighter than the main line. You will lose a lot of rigs on the bottom. Tie on #2 Kahle hook from Eagle Claw, L141FS-2. The only place to find these hooks will be at Walmart, believe it or not. They come in 50 per box. If you want to fan cast spinning rods, use bucktails, Sassy Shads, Rebels, etc. Fly fishing is also very popular.

Bait: The key to catching a lot of stripers is the use of live bait. 3-4 inch shad is by far the best. You can use bass minnows. If you buy bait at the local tackle stores or on river bait barges, you will pay $9-10 a dozen for shad and $2-4 a dozen for bass minnows. Since each angler will go through 100-150 baits in a day, I suggest you catch your own. They will be fresher. If you want to target the big stripers, 14- 40 lbs. you will have to go with big baits. There is a bait concession stand on the way to the river that will sell 6-8 inch rainbow trout and big blueback herring if available. This stand also sells shad. With the shad, run
the hook sideways through the clear spot at the nose just like menhaden. When you are drifting you will drop your weight to the bottom and then pull up 6 inches. The bite will be under your boat. If you are anchored up or just want to get the bait away from the boat you can use a float that will release itself when the fish hits. The float will then just run up your line.

Catching Bait: Go to the Lake Gaston tailrace to catch bait. You should have a 7-8 foot cast net. Betts Old Salt net is the best. If you have a HydroGlow light, your success will be greater. In your live bait tank you will use plain tap water. To counter the chlorine, ammonia and other harmful chemicals, you will have to add chemicals. Go to Pet Smart store and buy aquarium rock salt, Kordon’s NovAqua Plus, Korden’s AmQuel Plus, and a defoamer like Foam Off by Sure Life from Bass Pro. You should have a separate cull bucket. When you have caught bait in your cast net, drop the bait in the cull bucket with the same chemicals for a few minutes. The bait will settle down, poop and lose what scales they will slough off. Then place the shad in your main tank. Fresh lively baits is truly the way to go!

Buying Baits: You can buy your bait if you do not want to get up early. The best place to buy big bass minnows is at Bargain Land Bait and Tackle located at 1316 Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids. They have all sizes of large baits, up to jumbos. If you want to buy the shad, you have two choices. As you go from
Roanoke Rapids to Weldon you will see a camp ground on the left. In a field in front of the camp ground, you will see an area selling shad. You cannot miss it. You will see other boats pull in buying bait. There will be another place selling shad across from the old water mill at the boat landing park. (51 Sycamore St, Weldon, NC 27890)

Important Points: All hooks must have their barbs press down flat. Be sure you are legal with all you boat regulations. I believe April 30 will be the last day you can keep stripers. The slot size is 18-22 inches. You cannot keep any fish between 22-27 inches. You may keep one fish over 27 inches which will be part of the daily creel limit. The creel limit is 2 fish per person.

Ramp: 1090 Rockfish Lane, Weldon NC 27890

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I think a three foot leader is a bit much. The longer the leader the greater the probability a fish swallows the hook. That is why drum rigs are so short as it prevents gut hooking.

An 12 inch leader is most often times more than enough. In your video your leader is super long and the first rock swallows the hook and you have the fish out of the water for almost a minute and a half.

From ncwildlife:
Terminal tackle for using live or natural baits should consist of a rig that places the bait on the river bottom. The "slip-sinker" rig is commonly used and is made by slipping the end of the fishing line through a one- to three-ounce egg sinker (depending on river flows), then tying a good quality swivel to the end of the line. An 18- to 24-inch leader is then tied to the other end of the swivel and finally the fishhook is attached to the terminal end of the leader. As the fish takes the bait, line slips through the egg sinker, triggering a strike readily felt by the angler.

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Originally Posted by nc23mako View Post
I think a three foot leader is a bit much. The longer the leader the greater the probability a fish swallows the hook. That is why drum rigs are so short as it prevents gut hooking.

An 12 inch leader is most often times more than enough. In your video your leader is super long and the first rock swallows the hook and you have the fish out of the water for almost a minute and a half.

From ncwildlife:
Terminal tackle for using live or natural baits should consist of a rig that places the bait on the river bottom. The "slip-sinker" rig is commonly used and is made by slipping the end of the fishing line through a one- to three-ounce egg sinker (depending on river flows), then tying a good quality swivel to the end of the line. An 18- to 24-inch leader is then tied to the other end of the swivel and finally the fishhook is attached to the terminal end of the leader. As the fish takes the bait, line slips through the egg sinker, triggering a strike readily felt by the angler.

Again please don't take this the wrong way. Not trying to be a pain in the ass. Just trying to share information that others may find useful.
Not taken the wrong way at all, I really appreciate your input. I will also shorten the length of my leaders. I typically had them long because you break off so many hooks that after awhile the leader was only about a foot long, but it's better to tie on a new short leader then try and get a deep hook out.
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Thanks for this thread guys. It inspired me to pack up and drive from Kitty Hawk Tuesday night. Fished all day Wednesday. I caught over 50 fish in about 8 hours. Biggest one was 25" and most were around 22". The bait tent at the campground was closed with a sign that said "no bait until further notice". I got Herring from a guy near the ramp next to a tire store. He was friendly and helpful and his fish were $10 per dozen. I didn't catch a single rockfish on bait. Only catfish. I caught all my rock on a 1/8th oz jig head with 4" Pinfish color Zman curly tail. Lots of fun and beautiful area to spend the day. It was nice to get off the beach and catch some fish. It's SSSLLLOOOWWW here. The boat ramp was a mad house. I can't imagine what its like on a weekend.
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Thanks for this thread guys. It inspired me to pack up and drive from Kitty Hawk Tuesday night. Fished all day Wednesday. I caught over 50 fish in about 8 hours. Biggest one was 25" and most were around 22". The bait tent at the campground was closed with a sign that said "no bait until further notice". I got Herring from a guy near the ramp next to a tire store. He was friendly and helpful and his fish were $10 per dozen. I didn't catch a single rockfish on bait. Only catfish. I caught all my rock on a 1/8th oz jig head with 4" Pinfish color Zman curly tail. Lots of fun and beautiful area to spend the day. It was nice to get off the beach and catch some fish. It's SSSLLLOOOWWW here. The boat ramp was a mad house. I can't imagine what its like on a weekend.
Awesome! Thank you for the report. It's really crowded for the weeks you can keep fish. Once you can't keep them anymore the traffic at the ramp is better.
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