Fishing is in my blood. I like to fish. But, I LOVE topwater lure fishing for striped bass! There is nothing more exciting than a hungry striped bass exploding on a topwater plug, nothing. Whether you are casting at the shallow banks or chasing schools of surfacing stripers, you have to ask yourself, is this heaven? I have been fishing and guiding since I was a young man and topwater lure striper fishing is my all-time favorite. What I enjoy most is sharing the experience with others. I am excited to have this opportunity to take you along with a few of my favorite topwater lure fishingadventures.
Like Batteries Dropped Out Of An Airplane
The sun was an orange glow on the eastern horizon when we left the marina. We ran up the lake and I started scanning the open waters for surfacing striped bass. Lake Texoma was calm that morning. You could easily spot surfacing stripers for a couple of miles. I said “There they are, don’t point, we are in stealth mode.” A school of stripers were ambushing shad on the surface. The fish were exceptionally large and from a mile away it looked like someone was dropping batteries out of an airplane. I positioned the boat where the school of fish would move towards us. Striped bass are a schooling fish and can run in large groups. It is not uncommon to have multiple hook-ups, and, after thirty minutes we had landed twenty stripers. The largest of which would tip the scales at twenty pounds. Boy, I do love Lake Texoma
The first time Tom went striper fishing on Lake Texomawith Striper Express was twenty-five years ago. I had to reschedule his charter twice due to some inclement weather. The day of his fishing trip the wind was gusting upwards of twenty miles an hour. After a few miles I stopped the boat. While I was securing everything that had been tossed around, I spotted some seagulls flying in the back of a large creek. It looked inviting and was protected from the brutal wind. As we approached the birds I spotted a few swirls. We all cast our topwater plugs and four stripers blew up. “Fish on” I said as the drags were squealing along with the fishermen. I grabbed the dip net, netted the first fish and tossed it on the deck. Then the second, third and fourth stripers were landed back to back. They were all big fish weighing from ten to fifteen pounds. Tom looked at me and said, “you came highly recommended, but the way you kept canceling me, I didn’t think you liked to fish”.
One April I had a pattern of topwater striped bass on the shallow banks. This is not your traditional surfacing action, we Lake Texoma fishing guidescall it “blind casting”. The stripers were feeding early in the mornings in two to four foot of water. Three of the four men on board had caught a couple of nice stripers. The fish were hungry and exploding on our plugs with a vengeance. I explained, “Any time your plug is in the water you are in the strike zone.” The odd man out was waiting for his luck to change. As he was raising his plug out of the water, a huge striper appeared from nowhere and inhaled his lure. The fish took off like a rocket. The drag on the reel was screaming and like a gun going off his line snapped. It happened so fast; even a seasoned pro would be lucky to land that fish. It was the biggest fish by far that morning. With his adrenaline rushing he jumped out of his seat and said “I have never seen anything like that in my life. That was awesome. The strike was so exciting why would anyone fish with a lure other than a topwater.”
Bill Carey has been fishing on Lake Texoma since 1977. In 1983, he began fishing professionally and started Striper Express Guide Service. Bill is a member of the Texas Outdoors Writers Association and writes the Lake Texoma monthly report in Texas Fish & Game and Texas Outdoors Journal magazines. A freelance photographer and writer, Bill Carey is on several Pro-staff teams and gives fishing seminars at trade shows and outdoor events.