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Posted By: Zep Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/24/22 11:07 PM
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Posted By: anthropic Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/24/22 11:43 PM
Wow! Encouraging to see Texas still produces giants.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/24/22 11:53 PM
Just think what she would have weighed 4-5 weeks from now!
Posted By: Sunil Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 12:46 AM
Outstanding!!!

I guess you Texans have some bigger stuff....sometimes!!!
Posted By: Snipe Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 03:21 AM
You guys may already know this but Brodey is sponsored by Russell Marine in Kansas and this fish was 1 of 5 he's caught there in the last 8-9 days over 14lbs.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 04:34 AM
Originally Posted by Snipe
this fish was 1 of 5 he's caught there in the last 8-9 days over 14lbs.

That is actually even more impressive!

Anyone else up for a road trip to Texas?
Posted By: esshup Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 06:33 AM
They should be getting ready to spawn really, really soon now. Full moon is March 18th, so if the water temp is correct, I'd want to be catching them in the next 2 weeks.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 02:59 PM
Originally Posted by esshup
They should be getting ready to spawn really, really soon now. Full moon is March 18th, so if the water temp is correct, I'd want to be catching them in the next 2 weeks.

Thanks, esshup.

After I had typed my timing estimate, I realized I was working from a "Kansas" calendar. Then I thought I should leave it up, because someone will surely post on the peak weight timing for Texas LMB.

Once again, Pond Boss performs!


P.S. My father has had a leg amputated and is fighting off two cancers. We want to take him out for some "easy" and productive fishing this spring. We were thinking about going down to Texas while the stripers are running.

Anyone have good recommendations for some low effort/high catch rate fishing for this spring?

(He can still travel fairly long distances from Kansas.)
Posted By: Zep Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 03:26 PM
Originally Posted by FishinRod
Anyone have good recommendations for some low effort/high catch rate fishing for this spring? (He can still travel fairly long distances from Kansas.)
FishinRod.....if it really is "low effort/high catch rate" I have the perfect fishing guide for you. However it is mainly just sand-bass. I've gone out with guide Don Novak at least 4 times for half day trips on Lake Grapevine and caught tons of fish.

The Sand Bass (white bass) are not huge, but it is literally almost a constant bite. Just drop a slab he supplies down to bottom, jig it a few times and boom FISH ON! You and your Dad would most likely catch 75-100+ fish on a half day trip. I did catch a nice catfish on a slab on one of these trips, but that's more rare. (see image)

Lake Grapevine is near DFW Airport, easy access, and quiet on weekdays and usually calm water.

Don is a great guy, has a nice boat, and he will not let you take your own fish off the hook. It's not trophy fishing, but it is a fun half day of fishing and being out on the water.

Luck O' Irish Fishing Guide - Don Novak - Lake Grapevine

ps: I've also gone out on two "Striper Guide Trips" with other guides and not caught near as many fish, but it was still fun.

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Posted By: FireIsHot Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 03:33 PM
Texoma might be a really good choice for your dad. I'd start checking PDQ though, as spring trips fill up pretty quick.

EDIT: Zep's suggestion is a good one also.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 07:02 PM
Zep,

Thanks for taking the time for such a thoughtful recommendation!

I will definitely put Don's number in my list.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 07:11 PM
Al,

Thanks for the tip. I was looking at Texhoma as our best bet for a striper trip.

My brother has a client that said he did real well there last spring and had an excellent guide. My brother is trying to get the name for the guide service.

That is not my usual style of fishing, but I think it is our best option.

Are those lakes erratic in the spring (like alternating good years and bad years), or does good guide + good day on the calendar = good fishing trip?

(The exception being a strong cold front blows through right on your scheduled day, etc.)
Posted By: Zep Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 07:48 PM
And another.....Texas Lake Record! (4 miles from our property)

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Posted By: FireIsHot Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 08:23 PM
FishinRod, Texoma striper fishing suffers when there's a shad kill. Last winter was obviously tough on this area, but I'm not sure how bad it was. I'm posting a link for you from the Texas Fishing Forum, and if anybody knows, it will be on there.

TFF Striper Info

Mark, that striper is a beast. Lake Tawakoni wouldn't be a bad choice either. It's loaded with stripers, hybrids, whites, and some of the biggest blue cats in the state.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 09:48 PM
Al,

Thanks for that link!

There are already lots of pictures from 2022 at Texoma with guys in cold-weather gear showing off big catches.

Those catches pre-date the spawn of the gizzard shad (barely?) and the threadfin shad, so the guides must have some other pattern that is catching fish. (I have never fished for stripers.)

When you are referring to the shad kill, are your talking about the bitter February 2021 kill, or has there been a kill again during winter 2021-2022? If the few TFS that survived Feb. 2021 got hit again this past winter, then there can't be too many left in the lake.

If the stripers are moving to their 2nd favorite food choice, does anybody know the revised estimated peak fishing date in that circumstance?

If so, I will try to book a guide for that window.
Posted By: FireIsHot Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 10:35 PM
I was referring the 2021 February kill. This winter was short and harsh, but the water temps didn't drop as much as last year.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/25/22 11:38 PM
Originally Posted by FireIsHot
I was referring the 2021 February kill. This winter was short and harsh, but the water temps didn't drop as much as last year.

That is what I thought.

It will be interesting to see how the TFS populations respond during this year's spawn in the big Texas reservoirs. Hopefully, there were enough that survived in some temperature refuges to rebuild viable populations in your reservoirs.

I googled to see if the state had stocked any TFS into the public reservoirs during 2021. I did not see any relevant results.

Do you happen to know if the state stocking programs are helping out your TFS, or if the little fellas are going to have to do all of the hard work rebuilding by themselves?
Posted By: esshup Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 02/26/22 12:16 AM
We used to slow troll 6"-7"+ Bluegill for Striped Bass (Not Hybrids) on Raccoon Reservoir in Indiana. I thought the 15#-18# fish that we caught were huge. I just looked up the record for Indiana and now it's sitting at 39# (Striped Bass) that was caught in Cecil M Harden Lake (that's the same lake, the name was changed). It measured 42.25 inches long with a 30-inch girth.

I just have to wonder how big they are now, that fish was caught in 2010......

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Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 03/08/22 05:10 PM
Thanks to all of the people that offered me fishing advice.

Have a guided trip reserved for early May to Texoma with my father and brother!

None of us have ever done that style of fishing before. Therefore, it is guaranteed to be a memory-making, record-breaking trip - regardless of how we do on the stripers!
Posted By: catscratch Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 03/08/22 05:32 PM
Originally Posted by FishinRod
Thanks to all of the people that offered me fishing advice.

Have a guided trip reserved for early May to Texoma with my father and brother!

None of us have ever done that style of fishing before. Therefore, it is guaranteed to be a memory-making, record-breaking trip - regardless of how we do on the stripers!

I took my boy on a guided trip to Texoma a couple of February's ago. Spent all day catching fish too big to keep. It was a blast!
Posted By: jludwig Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 03/08/22 06:00 PM
Did you guys see this HSB that a bass angler caught tournament fishing?

Bass tournament HSB
Posted By: Sunil Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 03/08/22 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by jludwig
Did you guys see this HSB that a bass angler caught tournament fishing?

Bass tournament HSB


I think this is an actual striped bass, and not a hybrid striped bass?
Posted By: FireIsHot Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 03/08/22 09:13 PM
Originally Posted by FishinRod
Thanks to all of the people that offered me fishing advice.

Have a guided trip reserved for early May to Texoma with my father and brother!

None of us have ever done that style of fishing before. Therefore, it is guaranteed to be a memory-making, record-breaking trip - regardless of how we do on the stripers!
Now that's a great attitude. I hope y'all tear them up.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/15/22 07:31 PM
Thanks to everyone that gave me good fishing advice.

We had a great time at Lake Texoma!

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Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/15/22 07:34 PM
We caught our limit in just over 2 hours. The biggest fish were right at 5#. (The guide said the big ones were still spawning up the river and up the inlet creeks.)

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Posted By: Pat Williamson Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/15/22 08:26 PM
Good job!
Posted By: FireIsHot Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/15/22 08:35 PM
Outstanding!!! I'm liking that smile on your Dad's face.
Posted By: Sunil Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/16/22 12:48 PM
So, Rod, is that you in the camo waders??
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/16/22 05:22 PM
Originally Posted by Sunil
So, Rod, is that you in the camo waders??

No, that is our guide!

I do have good pics of my Dad and his two boys. Unfortunately, both of us have jobs that generally preclude pictures on the internet.

P.S. I also have a short video of one of the guides cleaning fish - with one arm! I asked his permission to take the video. However, I did not ask him if I could post it.

Do you think it would be OK to post on Pond Boss if I did not post his name or location?
Posted By: Sunil Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/16/22 05:36 PM
I think you'd be OK.
Posted By: Zep Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/17/22 02:54 AM
FishinRod.....great catch. Fun memory with your Dad. Were you throwing slabs for the stripers?
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/17/22 02:35 PM
Originally Posted by Zep
FishinRod.....great catch. Fun memory with your Dad. Were you throwing slabs for the stripers?

Just lip-hooking threadfin shad and fishing about 18-24" off the bottom.

We put on some 5" gizzard shad several times but couldn't entice any larger stripers to hit.

We also caught a blue catfish, two drum, and four white bass. All of which were right in with the schooling stripers.

(That was the first time striper fishing for all of us, so it was strictly amateur hour!)
Posted By: Sunil Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/17/22 02:48 PM
How big was the Blue Cat, Rod?
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/17/22 02:58 PM
Originally Posted by Sunil
How big was the Blue Cat, Rod?

Just a 2-2.5# fish. However, it was the first blue that my brother had ever caught, so we counted that as a victory!

The boat behind us at the cleaning tables caught four 1# channel cats in with their limit of stripers. I could see the fat deposits on those little ones while they were being fileted.

It was a great lake. I would definitely fish there all of the time if it was closer to home.
Posted By: FireIsHot Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/17/22 08:35 PM
Rod, somewhere I have a treasure trove of pictures with George and his wife Nicki at Texoma, years, and years ago. George understood that the stripers moved with the forage, and not the bottom structure. The catches they had were epic, and he made sure the guides saw it.

He had one of the old bull nosed Falcon boats back then.
Posted By: FishinRod Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/17/22 10:32 PM
I believe there are 10 guides that work out of the marina we used. Only five(?) were booked on the day that we fished.

We all split up to start the day. After 20" at our first spot, our guide talked with two other guides. We then sped down to a different spot to join up with one of the other charters. The fishing at the second spot was significantly better.

I think they know to chase the forage. However, the guides were a little tight-lipped about how they find the stripers when I asked my typical 20 questions. Of course, taking out charters is their livelihood.

P.S. I don't even know what brand of boat we were in. (You might be able to tell from the previous pic with my father holding up fish.) There was just a deep well in the boat with no transverse seat benches at all. It was very easy for me to fish, but then pop up out of my seat and reach my father if he needed any help. That style of boat would also be awesome if you were trying to fish with a couple of smaller grandkids since it was very easy to move back and forth in the boat.
Posted By: anthropic Re: Historic Black Bass day in Texas - 05/18/22 02:24 AM
As a little kid, I learned to swim in one of the creeks that feed Texoma. My parents loved to fish the white bass run, so decided to kill two birds with one stone by giving me swimming lessons when the bite waned! A bit chilly sometimes... shocked
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