The 2017 Don Brown Memorial
Striper Fishing Tournament
Minimum Requirements for Seasonal Fishing by Don Brown
How many times have you been on the Lake in the dead heat of the
summer and witnessed fish breaking the surface early in the morning?
While you have bait on down-lines, you realize that you failed to bring
a casting rod/reel with an artificial. That, my friend, is a bad mistake
on your part. I think the least amount of equipment that you should
always have is down rods, a rod/reel for casting artificial lures that will
catch a Striper, and at least one Umbrella Rig fitted to a suitable
trolling rod.

There are some other things to take with you. For instance, always
have extra bait saver and salt for your bait tank just in case the water
in the tank goes bad (or your Grandson pours a Coke in the tank).

To sum all of this up, I think you should always keep all of your fishing
gear on board every time you go fishing. You never know what the
season holds for any given day. Examples of this include: various
hook sizes, base line for your reel, fluorocarbon, In-line Planer Boards
and most important – a great lunch such as a chicken salad sandwich!
Summertime fishing has different requirements. It’s a good idea to
bring one or more extra bags of ice to maintain a safe water
temperature for the bait tank.

To summarize, remember to bring the things I have mentioned above.
You have to be flexible with the fishing methods applicable for the
various seasons in which you fish for Lake Lanier Stripers. If you take
my advice, you won’t have a bad outcome and you won’t get angry at

I hope this will help you catch your dream fish!
Minimum Requirements for Seasonal Fishing
by Don Brown
Don just seemed to be the grumpy old man across the room who would
occasionally comment on whatever topic was being discussed at striper
club meetings. We spoke a few words every now and then. He would
give me tips on where to go fish etc. I talked him into taking me fishing
one day and that was it. We got along very well and for some reason he
decided he would mentor me. We became tournament fishing partners
and I soaked up everything he was willing to share. Don was very direct
and had a great sense of humor. After spending so much time, many
many hours on the boat fishing, we got to know each other pretty well.
He told me his life story and I told him mine. He shared with me how he
met his beautiful wife, Susan, and how they fell in love. He told me
about his passion for racing.

I learned a great deal from Don and have many fond memories I will
treasure forever. I miss my dear friend and mentor. When I am fishing
alone I can almost hear him…
from Lynn Scott Gregory
Minimum Requirements for Seasonal Fishing
by Don Brown
What a great event! The season finale was also the Don Brown
Memorial (ALS) Tournament. We had 19 boats fish the club tournament
and 36 boats fished the whole event. The weather turned out great,
considering we are still recovering from Hurricane Irma on Tuesday.
Clear skies prevailed with a starting air temp of 60 and we finished
around 80 degrees. Water temps were steady from 73-75 degrees. Wind
was 0-5 NNW.

1st Place and Big Fish went to Team Chaser with 72.5″ The Big Fish
was 37″. Bob and Charles got some early pulling boards and free lines
in 30′ of water. Still fishing Mud Creek. They switched to downlines at 9:
00AM. Bigger fish came off gizzard shad 40 to 60′ down over 60-100′
deep. Striper Sniper had 2nd Place with 65.5″. David and Jeff had
similar success fishing boards and freelines with shad in the morning.
The downlines came out with the sun. They boated over 20 fish for the
day. Team Simpson/Castillo/Honcho/Head Honcho had 3rd with 57″.
Call them what you want, but Leonel and Shawn got theirs up the river.
4th place went to Team Green with 55″ 5th went to Double Trouble with
54.25″. Main Arrow had 6th with 51.5″ Back in Black had 7th with
50.75″. Mike also had a solid walleye joining him for dinner. Lanier
Striper had 8th with 50″. 9th place went to Backwoods with 49.
Bucktales also had 49 ” for 10th place. Abercrombie & Fish had 11th
with 48.25″. Nauti by Nature had 47″, good for 12th place.
The pattern for numbers were downline herring over 60-120′ bottoms.
Fish were in the main river channel at the mouth of creeks by late
morning. They started out in mid creek pockets from 30-50′ deep. We
all had a lot of shopping and pull downs. So we all went through a lot of
bait. Fish were caught by trolling leadcore, spooning, freelines,
downlines and even topwater. Fish were caught in the mouth of
Baldridge, Dam, Saddle Dyke, Shoal Creek, Big Creek, Flowery, Orr and
Mud to name a few. Of the 19 boats we had 15 catch 2 or more. Only 1
boat skunked.

All in all, a great day. A great way to end the season. Most importantly,
the Open Tournament generated over $3000 for ALS in the name of Don
Brown. Thanks again for all of you that helped at the event. A very
special thanks to Lynn Gregory who couldn’t make the event do to her
injury. Her hard work paid off, making the event run smoothly.
by Bob Benson » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:38 am