Good Striper Catch Along the Shorelines




Two different patterns gave a couple of Lake Texoma anglers a good fishing trip. Berley's new Choppo topwater plugs proved to be the right lure early in the morning. Stripers were feeding upon big schools of spawning shad. Later in the day Sassy Shad jigs caught its share of stripers.

Guide Chris Carey explained that technique and bait presentation are  always keys to catching fish. "Make long casts and retrieve the big baits with a sweeping motion of the rod, making sure to crank the reel fast to avoid slack in the line because many strikes occur the instant the lure pauses."

This relatively new bait by Berkley combines the best of a couple styles of surface plugs. Outdoor writer, Luke Clayton, describes the bait as having the basic design of a standard topwater such as a Pencil Popper or Zara Spook, but a little spinner is situated near the tail of the bait. As the bait is ripped along the surface the little rudder shaped spinner moves a lot of water which the stripers had absolutely no problem keying upon, even in the choppy waters.

The second fish catching lure was lead head jigs with Sassy Shad bodies, chartreuse color fishing shallow water bay, 2 - 3 feet deep.

Bill Carey of Striper Express advises anglers to make long casts, allow the jigs to make contact with bottom and pump the rod up, which will suspend the bait. “Crank fast as your baits begin to fall to keep slack out of your line. This will enable you to feel the strike which often occurs the instant the jig pauses.”

The stripers intent is to stun and kill the baitfish. A couple stripers were lost because of a little slack in the line as the lure began to fall.

Photos: courteys of Berkley and Luke Clayton Outdoors




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Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 19)

GOOD. Water stained; 75 degrees; 3.56 feet above pool. Striper fishing is great on live bait anchoring on humps in 20-30 feet of water and drifting flats in 15-25 feet of water. Topwaters are working early in the backs of creeks and along river channels. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared baits. Channels are on the rocks and shallow flats in 10-20 feet of water. Blue catfish are on deep humps in 40-50 feet of water. Bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and top waters early along the banks. Look for bass in the shade during the day near docks in 8-15 feet of water. Shad fry are everywhere so downsize baits to catch numbers. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows near docks and on brush piles using electronics to spot active fish in 10-18 feet of water. Report by Jacob Orr, Guaranteed Guide Service Lake Texoma. Water level continues to be high. Smaller striped bass are surfacing feeding on shad hitting topwaters and swimbaits. Slab bite is starting to turn on producing better quality fish in big schools in deep water. The slab bite will only improve. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors.

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