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Fished the same places yesterday as I did on 9/15.  Didn't have the same results relative to box stripers but the fish are active.

I launched from HP at 7 a.m. and headed to the North Island cut to check on any top water action.  Normally, Sept is the time that the cut is active.  Well, it's not yet.  I messed around about an hour until I was convinced no fish were there.

Winds were picking up and I moved off tip of North Island.  Don't be shy about heading up into shallow water.  I started my drifts in 12 feet and drifted out into 25 fow or so.  Then repeated.

Good sand bass still in that area and they ate the slabs up.

I was using open face spinning rod yesterday as they are light weight.  All the slabbing I've been doing has my $2 million dollar rebuilt shoulder quite sore.

When I use open face reels, I use braided line and I tie on mono 10# leader using an Improved Albright knot.  Usually I don't have any troubles but yesterday, I hung two big fish off North Island.  After a few minutes of trying to control and turn them, the knot let go.

So I lost two big fish due to knot failures.  Not sure what kind of fish I hung.  I have caught 25# gar in that area and some pretty big catfish so it coulda been one of those.  It sure was not a sand bass.  [smile]  Coulda been a big striper as well.

Anyway, I'm switching to a Uni to Uni knot now.  It's supposed to be superior to an Albright but it's harder to tie.  I guess that is why is it better.  [smile]

Saw my friend Dan Hands out yesterday.  He was trolling umbrella rigs but he wasn't too successful.  As the morning progressed the winds got stronger.  I had my big drift sock out and the wind was pushing me along at 1.1 mph.  That's almost trolling speed.  [smile]

Used the splasher yesterday and it really didn't seem to make much difference.  Fish were active with it on and without it.

I probably caught maybe 4 or 5 stripers yesterday but mostly sand bass.

Biggest striper was about 7 inches.  Seriously.... 7 inches.

Pulled back into HP about 11:30 a.m.  Was loading the boat while watching 4 and 5 inch stripers chasing bait in 6 inches of water at the ramp.  Very entertaining.

I'm encouraged as the stripers are starting to bite more.  I did see a gull yesterday.  No mistaking it as it came over to check out my boat.  He saw me throw a fish back and I guess he thought I had bait.  It was definitely a gull.

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Ax, quick question? How is the water clarity west of the islands and do you know if Juniper West ramp is open? Many thanks.
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Juniper West is open.  The water clarity west of the islands is sorta murky but not muddy.  Make sense?  I think all the winds blowing the waves into some of the banks that are bare earth have caused the murkiness.  East of the islands it is pretty clear and I think that is because so many of those banks are rock on the south side.

Behind the islands yesterday I found several distinct mud lines.

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Thanks. May come up and try for some crappie and usually fish west of the islands. Actually I prefer it to be stained but not muddy.
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Joe I agree with the Uni to Uni. I find it easier to tie on the boat in wind and waves.
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With the boat bouncing in the waves, I go with a barrel swivel. Too hard to tie a Alberto Knot or anything that complicated while trying to keep the boat straight in the wind, watching for underwater obstructions and the bank and the ever present high speed boat or jetski looking for a fisherman to swamp.

I need to go try for some crappie at Texoma. With a lot of the stripers bolting for the river, maybe they will be out and about.
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If I didn't cast a slab, I'd go with a swivel as well.  If I was only going to slab vertically, the swivel would work just fine!  [smile]
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