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I'm a bass fisherman at heart but love to fish for stripers and sand bass when on Texoma.  I actually sold my bass boat and got a pontoon.  So now I'm most interested in learning more striper fishing and techniques.

I hate to admit this but I have never caught one fish on a slab.  I've caught stripers and sandies all my life but never have been all that good at it.  I 've caught them on dozens of baits and with dozens of techniques.  But for some reason I have never caught a single fish on a slab.

How do you rig slabs?  Tie them directly on or use a snap swivel?  Or do you use leaders?  How do you pro's do it?

How do you present them?  What is your favorite technique?  I see where some of you cast them, some drop them and basically jig them,  or just figure it out?

Thanks for any pointers you can give.

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I use PP type of slabs and normally drop to below the fish and reel up as fast as I can. I tie direct to the slab, but have to retie often as they will twist your line. Other times I cast out and bounce back to the boat. From what I have been reading, neither is working this year after the flood.
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Slabbing is one of those techniques where I have to try different ways to get the fish to bite.

Almost every fish I have caught since July is on a slab (sand bass and stripers that is).

I use a #3 split ring and a #5 swivel on my slabs.  Like Pancho said, slabs tend to give you some line twist.

In warm water, I start out by letting the slab go below the fish and quickly lift my rod about 4 feet and then let it fall back.  While falling, I'll get the line tight and jig it a couple of times on the way down.

Remember, fish feed up, not down so you'll have to get the slab above them and let it fall back to them.

If that doesn't work, I'll get the slab to about 3 to 5 feet above the fish.  Then, I just jiggle the rod tip.  This year, that is the only method that has worked for me.  I guess it's not really slabbing, it's jiggling but it's working.  Especially on fish that are close to the bottom.  That's why I've caught so many catfish on slabs this year.

Another thing to remember, and I know it's a worn out cliche, but match the hatch.  This year almost every fish I have caught has been on a 1 ounce slab.  Funny, but in year's passed I've used a 2 ounce slab to get down there quickly but this year they are not hitting the bigger lures.  So size does matter for sure.

I always tie a teaser hook about 24 inches above the slab.   Often, they'll hit the teaser and not the slab.  Last week, I was catching two fish at a time at Ray Roberts.  One on the teaser and one on the slab.

Color:  Gotta change it out.  In addition to slabbing with 4 foot jigs or to just jiggling the slab, color matters.  This year, I've caught most of my fish on a chrome/silver slab.  Some days they'll only hit the green chartreuse.

I start out with a rod in each hand.  One rod with a 1 ounce silver and one rod with a 1 ounce green chartreuse/white.  I jiggle one rod and do the 4 foot "slab" thing with the other rod.  Let the fish tell you what they want both color and action.

Pancho's technique of ripping a slab sure works at times.  It's too much work for me though.  [smile]

The other technique is casting out the slab and just bumping it back to the boat.

I have Ron "Prune Picker" tips for slabbing on  my web site.  He gave me permission to put it on there.

Check out Slabbing Tips on http://www.reaxtionlures.com

Good luck.

 Slabbing is my favorite way to catch sand bass and stripers.  



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That's very good info Ax.  Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your knowledge.  I really appreciate it.

Now I just need to find time to get out there on the water and try it! 

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