Striper Moving into the Spring Pattern

Striper fishing guide reports the last month has been interesting fishing through the pandemic. "I've certainly seen a decline in the my trips, but, as a fishing guide, you learn to live through the cycle of scarcity and abundance. I have fished through multiple floods, drought, the blue-green algae scare, and fish die offs; each change takes its own measure of adaptation to meet the circumstances and find balance. This pandemic, though unprecedented, is no different in that we must learn to change and adapt to meet the circumstance."

The fish are shifting into their spring patterns and the bite is really turning on. "I am now catching bait and am prepared to fish with both bait and lures on my trips. This time of year, fish can be a bit fickle in their preference of lures vs. live bait so it is good to be able to switch over if they decide to be opinionated."

Currently Brian and his clients are fishing open flats and along banks and ledges in 10-40 feet of water and keeping an eye out for the birds to alert an actively feeding school of fish. Sassy shad or live bait are working equally well right now with a few fish being caught on slabs.

"This is just the start of spring season and sometime in May the bait fishing will really turn on as schools of fish will stay under the boat through out the whole trip, enabling us to catch fish as fast as we can get bait into the water, to our hearts content. This is certainly an exciting experience and a great way to get children interested in fishing and fill the freezer."

You can book a trip online at or call at (903)815-1609. 
Brian Prichard
Photo courtesy: Brian Pritchard



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