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Lincoln224

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Took my son, brothers and a few nephews fishing Sunday through Tuesday.  I'm not great at catching bait, but we managed to get about 60 very good 4 inch thread fins along with 20 or so smaller thread fins before the sun came up Sunday morning.  We were staying north so we made the trip at sun-up down to the train bridge.  It didnt take long to find lots of birds working out in deep water about a mile south of Alberta.  At first we fished at 14 feet, but as the sun came up we went down to 24 feet.  Magic number was 24 to 30 feet down, out in very deep water just getting out in front of the birds and letting the wind push us toward them.  We ran out of those baits by 8:30 am and then threw sassys for a while before heading back with about 30 nice 18" to 20" stripers.  Mostly nice box fish with just a few going 20" or more.

Monday morning we followed the same pattern, caught bait and headed south of the train bridge.  Wind was quite a bit higher out of the south Monday morning and birds were no where in sight.  We kept going south and finally found birds working 37 feet of water on the Wachita flats north of Table Top.  We would start a drift in 37 feet of water and let the strong south wind push us to about 32 feet and then do it again.  All good box fish came at 3 reels off the bottom.  Big 4" thread fins were the food of choice again on Monday, although small threads did work, just not as fast.  Wind really kicked up about 9am, but we had ran out of bait again and headed back north with a good load of fish.  

Tuesday morning was beautiful.  Light south wind and a little overcast.  We caught a lot of smaller thread fins, but only a few 4".  We headed south and had to continue south all the way south of Table Top until we found the birds.  This morning the fish did not care about the thread fins size.  Same pattern as Sunday, 24 to 30 feet down out in very deep water just drifting toward the birds.  We blew through a hundred baits fast and was done by 9am again.

I don't get to fish near as much as I used to, due to work.  I hope this post helps a few of you this upcoming weekend.  Good luck and tight lines.
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Larry Brower

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Alot of ppl will read this without replying ..(I am usually that guy)...thanks for the posting!..glad you caught some action!
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Thanks for the report. Sounds like a great trip with family.
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JoeSlab

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Excellent report Lincoln 224. Sounds like you boys had some good trips. Nice work and thank you for posting your tips and technique.
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Very nice report! Thanks for sharing and very glad your crew is doing well. Keep posting!

Great times on our great lake!
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Thanks for the update. I have been out of the country for three weeks and itching to get out there. Looks like Friday is my best chance. I usually launch from Eisenhower’s state park. Any recommendations which way I should head out from there. I will have my son with me. Just being on the water with him will be special.
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Thank you for the report Lincoln 224!  I went out last Sunday and put in around 1:00 pm and fished in the same areas.  I don't use live bait because I'm in a ski boat no live bait tank.  I used sassy shades and slabs and it took me longer to catch my limit than you.  I would cast under the birds with the sassy and when the top water would end, slab.  Again, great report very detailed, thank you!
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Lincoln224

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RBarns, if I remember right Eisenhower is down by the dam?  If the pattern stays the same, just head north looking for large groups of birds.  They could be anywhere from Little Glasses all the way up to the Train Bridge and then west toward Soldier Creek.  Try to play nice [cool][biggrin] because I imagine there will be a lot of boats.  Too many boats driving through the schools will spread them out and they will quit working.

As for Sassy's, each day seemed to change for us.  One day it was a big white/glow sassy with a bubble gum/Pink head.  Next day a smaller 4" chartreuse with a white head.  Then you have to experiment until you found what worked.  We would cast, take up slack, and count to 5.  Be ready to get a hit on the drop.  Then a slow to medium retrieve back to the boat.  If you can find them in 37 to 30 feet of water.  Cast out and let sink to the bottom.  Try to keep the sassy about 3 feet off the bottom.  That also worked really well once we figured out what color they wanted.

Now, as for the reason why I posted all of this along with my original thread.  I remember when this forum was started many moons ago.  Back then I fished at least twice a month, if not a few times more during the fall and winter.  This forum was filled with information and I looked foreword to reading it everyday.  I got a new job about 6 years ago, my kids got older and are involved in several sports, so I only get to fish a few times a year right now.  It seems that only a few guys post anything here lately (you know who you are) and I sure appreciate their posts.  The guides are too busy to post, and I understand that.  If you got up at 2:30 every morning, had to catch bait, get the boat ready, and then worry about filling your clients limit; I wouldn't be posting anything either.  Plus, with the invention of Facebook, that takes a lot of the posts away from this Forum too.  Anyway, sorry to ramble and take so long getting to my point.  I'm hoping other greenhorns like myself will start posting their trips again.  Good or bad.  It doesn't matter.  You don't have to be as detailed as I am, but posting the highlights of your trip makes for good reading on a cold winters day when a lot of us are caught at work.
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Thanks for a good detailed report Lincoln. We were out in the same area Tuesday morning. Probably the most gulls I have ever seen on Texoma. We fished square billed crankbaits both cast and trolled under the birds. Released most every thing except two bleeder stripes and 8 big sandbass. One of our best days ever under the birds. Again thanks and keep on a postin'
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Excellent report Lincoln, glad ya'll were able to break away and have some fun. !!! [thumb]
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