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Lincoln224

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Took my daughter, niece and nephew to the big pond Friday and Saturday.  The girls were itching to catch a striper and had been begging to go fishing.  We put in at Buncombe Friday right after lunch and went in search of some shad.  We caught a few right in the marina at Buncombe Creek, but had heard they were catching shad during the day in Cardinal Cove.

We went east out on the lake looking for shad.  I looked north into the first big cove east of Buncombe and saw about 50 loons with at least 50 or more sea gulls just sitting on the water in the middle of the cove.  I figured there would be shad under all those loons so I just slowly bumped the boat in there with them.  We were in about 25 FOW back inside that big cove, and as I got the throw nets out, I saw there were fish, LOTS of fish under those birds.

I had four spinning reels rigged up with white/pearl 4 inch sassy's and super flukes with large chartreuse heads.  I gave a rod to my 12 yr old daughter and on her first cast she hooked into a 22" striper.  We then began catching them on almost every cast until they left the cove out into the main lake.  Almost every fish was 20 to 24 inches.  After that fast action and 8 large fish in the box, we went over to Cardinal Cove and sure enough got the tank filled with shad. 

Left Cardinal Cove and went east around the islands toward north island and found a good school of small to medium box fish out in deep water between the north island and the Texas shore.  Followed that school west down past Lowes until dark.  I think we ended up keeping about 30 fish to clean for a big fish fry.

Saturday we didn't even hit the water until 9am.  Wanted it to warm up a little for the kids.  Almost the same pattern, except for finding them in that cove.  We went east and found them on the 20 foot flats between the Oklahoma shore and north island.  That evening the school would move in from deep water to the 20 foot flats and then move back out east toward the main lake.  Caught fish on shad and throwing the white/Pear sassy's and super flukes. 

Saturday morning my 13 yr old niece caught one that went right at 27 inches.  Took my niece almost 5 minutes to get her close enough to the boat so I could get her in the net.  We took a quick pic and sent her back to fight another day.   All and all the girls had a great trip and got to catch some really nice size stripers.
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Sounds like a hoot!
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Thanks for the post Lincoln
I’ll admit that till now I have just dropped in and lurked at the posting of several of you folks. I keep my boat at Cedar bayou and because of upland bird hunting and cold weather haven’t done much fishing lately. In your post for this past weekend it sounds like you had a lot of fun.
Being new to Texoma I am not familiar with Cardinal cove or Buncombe Creek that you wrote about finding the large stripers in. Is there a fishing map that names the coves and inlets in this big lake, and is that cove located near Cedar Bayou?
My younger brothers have been asking about a stripper trip lately, so Weather permitting I think I will try to wet a hook next weekend.
Thanks for the updates I really enjoy them.
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61jockey look of the front page under latest topics.
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What Joe said! On category page under "maps".

However, Cardinal Cove is private and you must be a resident or a goose to access! [wink] I swear.
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Excellent!!  Sounds like it was a GREAT coupla days!!
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Awesome report Lincoln224. Great job of getting those kids on fish! Sounds like your crew had an excellent trip.
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61jockey.   I fish out of Cedar Bayou quite a bit during the winter.  You should be able to catch shad during the day right in the mouth of the bay near the no wake buoy's in deep water.  Several years ago we used to catch lots of stripers right by, if not just a little west, of Willis Bridge this time of year.  But I have yet to see any large schools west of Willis.  Maybe I'm just not there at the right time yet?
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