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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
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
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 – September 2011

lake texoma striper guide bill careyStriper Fishing Hotspot: Texas Flats and Mill Creek flats

Hotspot GPS: N32.86415   W-96.812683

Species:  Striped bass

Best Striper Baits:  Slabs and Coho Minnow Jigs

Texoma Striper Guide Bill Carey provides your personal, up-to-the-minute Lake Texoma Fishing Report at no cost. To hear what Bigfish says Contact Bill Now!

Tips:  Stripers are moving out of the deep water and roaming the flats in September.

The lures of choice are slabs and jigs. Vertically jig one-ounce chrome, white and chartreuse slabs along the bottom in ten to thirty foot depths. Coho minnow jigs in white glow color with a ¾ ounce jighead and a four-inch tail are perfect for these hungry stripers.

Cast the jigs and use a medium retrieve. If you find surfacing or swirling fish, cast the jig, hold your rod high and keep the jig subsurface.

Bank Access:  Mill Creek Campsites

Lake Texoma Fishing Report – February 2010

lake texoma striper guide bill careyHotspot:  Slickem Slough

GPS Hotspot Location:   N33.8559 , W-96.878167

Species:  Striped bass

Best Baits:  Road Runner Jigs

Texoma Striper Guide Bill Carey provides your personal, up-to-the-minute Lake Texoma Fishing Report at no cost. To hear what Bigfish says Contact Bill Now!

 

Tips:  Winter fishing on Lake Texoma is legendary. Chances of landing trophy stripers in February are in your favor.

Road Runner 1-ounce white Bucktail jigs with a 7-inch soft plastic worm are deadly on the big fish holding on structure.

Always keep your eyes on the seagulls. Cast your 1-ounce white-glo Sassy Shad jigs under the birds where large schools of stripers can be feeding. Multiple hook-ups are common with lots of action in the open water.

Bank Access:  Sand Point  N33.859083 , W-96.863717

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