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Striper Fishing Lures Are Like Women and Toys

Many fishermen have tackle boxes containing hundreds of striper fishing lures. Seems excessive doesn’t it? I have to confess though, I’m one of those fishermen.  I’ve got so many  striper fishing lures I could even be accused of being a “lure-a-holic”.

As I’ve learned more about the feeding patterns of stripers and how they behave, the more I’ve understood which lures are best during the different seasons of the year – and why it is essential to have so many types of lures.

Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Lures

Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Lures

The seasonal habits of the striper and how they relate to underwater structure whether shallow, deep or suspended in the water column are important reasons to carry an arsenal of lures. Many fishermen have joked with their buddy when a particular lure is producing and you hear “I have one more but it will cost you a hundred dollars!”

Essential Lure Types
For striper fishing on Lake Texoma
there are four main types of striper fishing lures that are productive: fishing jigs, slabs, spinners, and topwater lures.

Fishing Jigs
Fishing jigs have lead heads weighing ½ to 1-ounce. Various shapes are used to allow a refined presentation. Some days stripers are feeding and other days you must trigger a strike.

The best technique is in the retrieve of the jig. When reeling with a steady retrieve isn’t working, use a erratic retrieve. Try an aggressive rip, rip and pause. Watch your professional fishermen and you can learn a valuable lesson.

Fishing jigs with a soft plastic 4-inch sassy shad, fluke tail or curly tail grub  can be used year-round. During the cold season, 1-ounce Road Runner buck tail jigs work best for catching  big fish. The best colors for Lake Texoma striper fishing are white and chartreuse.

Slabs are a painted lead spoon weighing from ¾ to 2 ½ ounces. You can cast slabs but your best technique is to fish them vertically.  The stripers will suspend in the water  and a slab allows you aggressively work the entire water column.

Striper are schooling fish and large groups of fish will react to other fish behavior.

The two best ways to fish a slab is to bump the bottom on flats and ledges, or, letting it fall and rip them up in deep water. When you are fishing a slab keep a tight line a stay in contact with the lure.

Slabs are a good simulation of a crippled bait fish and will produce strikes both on the fall and when reeling them up. The best colors for Texoma striper fishing are chrome, white, and chartreuse.

Spinners have blades that revolve around a wire shaft and a treble hook at the base.  Most spinners have skirts made from buck tail or rubber materials.  Though not as popular as they once were, spinners are a long time proven lure for all species of fish.They are fantastic for striped bass because the blade creates vibration and will produce a flash in the water enticing a strike.

Topwater Lures
Nothing is more exciting than a hungry striper exploding on a top-water fishing lure.  Top-water lures cause a striper to think bait is swimming across the surface, a motion that enrages the fish to vicious bites and extreme fights.

One day an excited fisherman asked me, “Why would you fish with any lure than a top-water?” Topwater lures are made of plastic or wood that floats and they are flicked or “popped” across the water’s surface.

Another technique is an erratic retrieve called “walking the dog”, a proven and exciting  type of fishing in the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.

In the Spring the stripers follow the food forage into shallow and warmer water. Large schools of stripers during the Summer will surround bait and push them to the surface and produce fantastic sight fishing. On a calm morning you can see surfacing fish up to a mile away.

Top-water lures are my favorite artificial lure type for Texoma striper fishing – Pencil Poppers and Magnum Zara Spooks in blue, chrome, and shad colors work best.

Four Essential Lures
Slabs, Jigs, Spinners and Top-water – all four of these lure types are essential for your tackle box.

You should carry a variety of colors and sizes that allow you to fish all parts of the water column. These lures are necessary to effectively fish in a myriad of conditions and different times of year.

Nearly 200 million lures will be sold this year… and they all have to be stored somewhere, thankfully, there’s Plano Molding Fishing Products. Plano’s advanced tackle systems are Striper Express’ “go-to” tackle boxes. We all need a tackle box or 2 or 3 that will help protect, store and utilize our lure investment.

And remember that striper fishing lures are like women and toys

…the man who dies with the most, wins!

Take a look at this short video and you too can be a proud “lure-a-holic”.

Lake Texoma Fishing Report – December 2011

lake texoma striper guide bill careyTexoma Striper Fishing Hotspot: Juniper Point East

Hotspot GPS: N 33.864867 , W -96.83055

Species: Striped bass

Best Striper Baits: Road Runner and Sassy Shad jigs

Lake Texoma Striper Guide Bill Carey provides your personal, up-to-the-minute Lake Texoma Fishing Report. Click to Contact Striper Bill Now!

Striper Fishing Tips: Few anglers know how good fishing is in December, cool water temperatures make the fish go into a feeding frenzy.

Tips:    Large fish up to 20 pounds will be on the prowl. 4 to 6 inch Sassy Shad on a 1-ounce jighead will work the best.

Texoma’s stripers prefer white glow and chartreuse colors. Road Runner 1 ounce jigs with a 7-inch worm are deadly on the big fish holding on structure. Fish the main lake points, mouths of creeks and humps near deep water.

Always keep your eyes on the seagulls. Large schools of stripers can be under the birds.

Bank Access: Juniper Point East


Cast and Blast Duck Hunting - Striper Fishing Trip on Lake TexomaCAST AND BLAST
The Ultimate Combination Adventure

In one amazing day you can experience Texoma’s legendary striper fishing AND hunt Texas’ premier waterfowl flyway! Striper Express and premier outfitter Kent Outdoors have teamed up to offer CAST AND BLAST – two great outdoor experiences rolled into one unbelievable day. Only an hour and a half drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, this trip is the avid sportsman’s dream come true. Perfect for families with children, Cast and Blast is also for groups of adult sportsmen.

Father – Son Bonding
Peak Experience For All-Adult Group

Few of life’s milestones are more memorable than that first hunting or fishing trip with your father – who can ever forget the feel of reeling in your first fish or bagging your first duck. Even more mature sportsmen return from Texoma with reports of phenomenal hunting and fishing action. THE CALL of the WILD lives in their minds and their souls. CAST AND BLAST is truly an outdoor dream come true.

Striper Fishing Guides Availability

The Striper Fishing
Our winter fishing is superb with line-stripping and rod-bending action the norm. Striper Express specializes in the thrill of the hunt and stalks the largest stripers of the year during the winter months. Top-water lure fishing guarantees excitement – Vicious Bites and Extreme Fights!

Your group will board and depart from Mill Creek Marina for an afternoon of great Texoma striper fishing. Every guided fishing charter includes all tackle, lures, and cleaning/filleting of your catch. Your experienced Texoma striper guide will take your group only to the most productive areas.

The Duck Hunting
The duck and goose hunting at Lake Texoma is outstanding this season. We have a variety of quality waterfowl habitats with plenty of water and wetlands that are producing large numbers of waterfowl.

Duck hunting is a way of life for JJ Kent, owner of Kent Outdoors. Being located in the central flyway, JJ and his crew of experienced duck hunt guides are dedicated to making your hunt both personal and memorable. Your CAST AND BLAST Duck hunting begins early in the morning and includes professional calling, decoys and transportation to and from the blind.  When your group is finished duck hunting around 11:00 AM, you’ll grab a bite to eat and then head to the marina.

The Lodging
Let Striper Express custom build your group’s Lake Texoma CAST AND BLAST. Whether a “daycation” or an overnight stay, we have a wide variety of cabin lodging, four star resort accommodation, and executive housing to suit you. Our job is to make yours easier. All you have to do is show up.

2 people – $375 per = $750
3 people – $300 per = $900
4 people – $289 per = $1,150*

*4 person minimum on weekends.

Offer good till 1-29-12.

Gifts certificates available for the holiday season.

Striper Fishing Guides Availability

Texoma Striper Guide – Stripers Rampage At Lake Texoma

Texoma striper guide Chris Carey likes cool and windy weather for striper fishing. When many anglers are struggling with live bait under windy conditions in rough open waters, Carey heads for the banks with his arsenal of artificial lures.

Jim Hough, Mead OK caught his 16.5lb Striper on Chug Bug Top-water lure

Jim Hough, Mead OK – 16.5lb Striper on Chug Bug Top-water lure.

“This wind is going to be rough on those live bait guys, but I have some places we will be able to fish where the top-water action really has been hot lately.” Within minutes, Carey stopped his boat near a small island. He already had several rods rigged with two of his favorite top-water lures – Pencil Poppers and Chug Bugs.”

“We began casting the lures as close as possible to the banks of the island and retrieving them with sharp jerks from our rods. The idea is to create as much commotion with them as possible atop the rolling waves. Within minutes a striped bass weighing about seven pounds struck one of our Chug Bugs in the shallow water.”

“That fish set the stage for the great action that followed. When the action slowed, we moved to a similar island that also provided protection from the high winds. We caught several striped bass on the Pencil Poppers, it was the more noisy Chug Bugs that seemed to attract most of the strikes. The two largest bass weighed about nine pounds, and just as Carey mentioned Read the rest of this entry »

Lake Texoma Fishing Report – November 2011

lake texoma striper guide bill careyTexoma Striper Fishing Hotspot: Five Creeks

Hotspot GPS: GPS:  33.913933  ,  -96.706683

Species: Striped bass

Best Striper Baits: Sassy Shad jigs and live shad

Lake Texoma Striper Guide Bill Carey provides your personal, up-to-the-minute Lake Texoma Fishing Report. Click to Contact Striper Bill Now!

Striper Fishing Tips: The stripers are running in large schools.

Pay close attention to the seagulls, they will locate the stripers ambushing large bait balls.

The favorite artificials are 4-inch Sassy Shad soft plastics on a 1-ounce jig heads. The best colors are white-glow and chartreuse fleck.

Live shad fishing is also a great way to catch stripers. You can anchor or drift with live bait.

Bank Access: Sand Creek

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