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 (Sep. 21)

EXCELLENT. Water stained; 80 degrees; 1.70 feet below. Striped bass are good scattered from shallow flats to deeper water biting on slabs. Some topwater action early in the morning, and midday. Sand bass are mixed in with the stripers on shallow flats. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped bass are great on live shad fishing main lake flats and secondary ledges in 30-40 feet of water. A lot of smaller fish with the occasional big fish, the size will improve as the weather cools off. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow with the amount of shad in the lake making it tough to fool them. Still off the banks in 8-15 feet of water fishing soft plastics late in the day and topwaters the first couple hours of the day. Key in on underwater points and brush piles using electronics. Blue and channel catfish are great on flats in 20-30 feet of water moving shallower as the water temperature cools off using cut shad and prepared baits. Trophy blue catfish season is just around the corner. Crappie are mostly undersized with better fish mixed in as you move around. Target roaming fish with electronics fishing the tops of brush piles in 10-15 feet of water. Minnows mainly and a jig if you get them biting well. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.

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