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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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I've caught them in my ponds on shiners, fatheads, worms, and artificial feed pellets.

I've never caught one on a lure, but I would say that's more on me as I don't lure fish much at all.


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They're definitely a blast!

Do a search for George Glazener's ("george1") posts on HSB in Texas ponds. George even kept a resuscitation tank with an O2 bottle and an (airstone) to revive HSB that fought to exhaustion when caught in warmer weather, to cut the death rate way down.


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I added a few this spring when the weather was still cool. My pond is only .2 acres and nine feet at the deep end. This was my third attempt to stock them......they all expired in the first two. They were about 7-10 inches. I was amazed to catch three of them so far using a pink rooster tail casting into deeper water. They do fight hard even at that small size and have started sucking up fish food like vacuum cleaners. Not sure why they have flourished this time except that they were stocked when the water temperature was still in the 50 degree range. It will be interesting to see if we still catch them this summer and how they do as the water warms up.

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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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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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Added question: If you DO catch HSB in your pond, are they highly prone to becoming hook-shy?

For example, if you want kids to catch an 8# HSB, do they need to avoid catching those fish when they are 2-4#?

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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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Originally Posted by 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.

My experience as well. Tie a small trout hook on fly outfit, thread 1/3 to 1/2 a Stubby Steve pellet on it, and cast around feeder. Let it sink slowly. Then HOLD ON!

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Not sure anyone caught your play on words, SherWood! smile

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Originally Posted by ZIGMAN
Not sure anyone caught your play on words, SherWood! smile


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


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Originally Posted by Sunil
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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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Originally Posted by FishinRod
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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?

Even faster when it rains.


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Glo Bugs and a brown marks-a-lot work well too.


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Try some chicken liver, maybe under a bobber and as an option a very slow sinking liver I'm told the liver works great.

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