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anthropic, CrazyCarl, FishinRod, Rdubya07, SherWood
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by Rdubya07
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I have a .8 acre pond stocked with healthy amounts of bluegill, redear, FHM, golden shiner, largemouth bass and hybrid strippers. Pond has healthy water, supplemental feeding, decent structure, all looks good. Catching everything with ease with the exception of the strippers. I hooked into one the other day at early daylight hours, lost him and can't seem to catch them. I know they go deep during the warmer months, so maybe its just seasonal. Pond is in Sugarland, TX. about 8' deep average, max around 10' deep. Please share your experiences, good or bad with catching hybrid strippers in small ponds (types of bait, technique, etc..) as the couple i have caught are pulling like crazy and i want to increase my catch rates. Thanks to all in advance!
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by SherWood
SherWood
I wish I could catch hybrid "strippers" in my pond too. My wife would make me throw them back though. wink
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by FishinRod
FishinRod
Originally Posted by Sunil
Originally Posted by ZIGMAN
Not sure anyone caught your play on words, SherWood! smile


We caught it!! It's been used before.

If you use dollar bills as bait can you limit out in about 15 minutes?
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by Quarter Acre
Quarter Acre
My 1/4 acre pond has had HSB in it for a few years now and they are very hard to get on a hook. The largest are around 4 pounds. My pond is muddy most of the year which may add to the difficulty along with most daily pellet feeding. I have only caught one on an artificial lure and that was a hand tied crawdad fly about 1-1/2" long. I have tried Mepps and Rooster Tails, top water poppers, floating broke back minnow lures, shallow & deep divers, & rubber worms. The thing that has worked the best is an inch or less of a fat garden earthworm on a hook hung from a bobber about 1-1/2 feet deep, or no bobber and letting it sink down about 4 feet before retrieving. This method only works DURING feeding time (of the evenings, have not tried in the morinings), otherwise they don't show up. I think it's the size and color of the worm that mimics a feed pellet.

I can't say I would not have stocked them since they were put in to help control panfish populations, but I am disappointed that they don't take lures. I love to lure fish!
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by Sunil
Sunil
I have not found HSB to get hook shy, but that's my experience from 2 ponds.

They kill pellet feed, so using Stubby Steves is pure gold.
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