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Well, what'd ya know.....there are still stripers in Texoma.  [smile]

I finally found 'em today and it was on.  

Launched at Highport about 7:30 and headed out directly to the spot I had planned on.

Didn't go west due to murky water.

I do believe that makes a difference when fish are 20 to 30 feet deep even if the sun is shining.

I saw 4 other boats the entire morning.  I started the drift off the tip of North Island and immediately started catching some dandies (that is sand bass of 14" or better).  Lots of fun those dandies.  I am not sure how many I caught.  I let them all go back but one big one for my dinner.  Yes, just one.  I'm cuttin' back.

I doing the ceremony for Loco's daughter's wedding in October and I gotta fit into my suit pants.  [smile]

I looked and looked and looked around for larger arcs.  Was just about to call it a morning when about 10:30 I found some larger arcs in the creek bed.

I always slab with two rods.  So, I go to let down the slab off the first rod and before I knew what was happening, a fish hit.  I knew it was not a sand bass.  It was a TUG!!

First fish was 18".  I drifted in that area for about an hour and a half catching a nice box striper probably once every 10 minutes or so.  I'd lose the school and then have to catch up with them again but it wasn't too hard as they were following the creek bed.

Winds kept gusting but with a drift sock I was able to drift at .5 to .6 mph.  Not too bad.

"Slabbing" really didn't work today.  The trick was just letting the slab down above the fish and just jiggling the rod tip.  Finicky eaters today but they were slamming the lure.

Catching sand bass is fun but there is no comparison to that when a striper slams down on it.

I let all the stripers go back (as they seem to be scarce) except one which bled pretty bad and he had really locked on.

Caught almost all of them all on a new lure I'm working on.  This was the lure of the day and as I fish with two rods, I got a side by side comparison and this one won.

I'll be adding to web site soon.  The green one shown in the first picture is the new RL150.

What a blast.

Going again tomorrow to see if it was a fluke.  [smile]

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Nice work Joe. You are very persistent. I knew you'd find some hungry ones. Good looking slab too! [smile]
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Awesome! I'm going to go out at dawn and try to grab a few cats by North Island, then was planning on following the Fox Sports Outdoors formula for stripers on the Washita and by Eisenhower. I'm resisting the urge to second guess myself now.
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That's a really good looking lure, when can I get a few ? Also I have some chipped slabs, would it be worth it to refinish them ? Have you noticed if a damaged paint job hurts the bite ? 
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Good job with the report.  And good job with your persistence.  I like that slab too.  If I were a big ol striper I'd eat it.
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Good job Ax. Brightens my outlook and gives me hope for our next texoma jaunt. Hope the gulls show up soon, and maybe some topwater schooling.
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Ax,
Why aren't you trolling your reAxtion rig?
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Ax why aren't you putting September up? [wink]
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Why aren't you trolling your reAxtion rig?


I have been doing some trolling.  I usually troll to find fish and then once I do, I'll slab the places where the trolling rig worked.  

I use a trolling rig as a fish locator.  [smile]



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Ax why aren't you putting September up? [wink]


I am finishing up the last lure order on the books today and then I'm gonna work on the forum.

Since I've retired, I don't have time to do anything.  [smile]

I used to do all the web site stuff at work when I was employed.  [smile]

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That's a really good looking lure, when can I get a few ? Also I have some chipped slabs, would it be worth it to refinish them ? Have you noticed if a damaged paint job hurts the bite ? 


I'm in the process of putting them on the web site.  I've test enough of them to convince myself they are fish catchers.  The green/white with red seems to be the best all around color combination.

Shoot me an email and let me know how many you want and I'll ship you some out.

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