Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Get On The Striper

I'll be honest, I've never been on a guided Striper expedition until today and I was wondering, at 0-Dark-Thirty, if it was worth the predawn call to rods. I needn't have worried.

I was immediately impressed by our guide, Pat, and his workmanlike boat, which had that air of I know what we're doing, you're going to catch fish, gentlemen, and sure enough we did.

After motoring out a short way into the gargantuan inland sea that is Lake Whitney, we anchored off an underwater point which showed an abundance of bait fish on the Hummingbird. Then he patiently explained the tactics. 

"Drop the line to the bottom and come up three cranks," he had the depth spot on, "Then put the rod in the holder and wait. When you get a hit, wait and wait again, patience, let that Striper take it down. Then he's yours, reel him in. Here, I'll bait your hook."

One live Shad three cranks up and I didn't have long to wait before the rod was bending double off the boat. Pick it up and wrestle with the mighty Striper, surging and fighting like the predator it is. But  14LB test and a sharp Kahle #3 proved too much for the Leviathan and up he came into the boat and a waiting cooler.

This went on, again and again, until we'd all limited out, after about an hour. Brisk action, I tell you, and it got to the point where Bass were hitting the bait on the way down, steam-training into the Shad with prehistoric aggression. 

It was like Jaws, especially when the monsters dived under the boat. Would it capsize and the hunters become the hunted? That didn't happen, fortunately, and all too soon it was time to head back to the marina where Pat cleaned the fish and I have to say, you couldn't wish for a better guide.

Needless to say, there's no shortage of fish in the fridge.

Tight lines,



LL said...

At first I thought the title was "Get on the Stripper" and I thought that you'd gone all Rule 5 on me.

But no.

Great fishing trip!! I'm sure that young LSP enjoyed the adventure. Now I know what I want to do the next time that I'm in LSP Land.

Jules said...

Why do I feel like I'm reading "The Old Man And the Sea" again?

I don't understand all this terminology. Or fishing. However, looks like you had a great time doing whatever it is you do and getting a stockpile of life-giving fodder to put in the freezer.

LSP said...

I've never been a big Hemmingway fan, Juliette. Maybe I should be?

The fish tasted delicious! And there's lots more...

LSP said...

I was thinking just that, LL. Book a striper expedition when you're next in town. You'd like it a lot!