Fishing Texas Style

What a crazy couple of weeks fishing with new and old friends and family. It started off Saturday, May 17, 2014, with my cousin Sam Singleton and his 2 boys and maybe a future son in law. Who knows?

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My cousin Sam Singleton and his two boys (and maybe a future son-in-law??) came out to Texoma to Fish May 17th.

We headed out to my trolling spot that has produced some really nice fish. We weren’t there long and the action started. The stripers hit the trolling rigs with a really strong punch and start peeling drag.

The boys started bringing them in and of course the talking got intense as to who was going to end up with the biggest fish. Well it ended up Samuel, I believe, with a nice 26” striper and some nice fish caught by all. Great to see Sam again!

Sunday – Wide World of Fishing
Sunday, Gary Hartley and Dimitri from Moscow, Russia, came out as Dimitri wanted to fish Lake Texoma for stripers while he was in Texas for business. Dimitri has fished all over the world for just about everything but never stripers. We wouldn’t disappoint.

We headed out to my trollilng spot as the shad kill has really affected the bait fishing. Everybody is down to using Shiners and it is producing mostly small fish. Trolling, on the other hand, has been producing monster fish. Thus, I’m trolling mostly.

On arrival I set out the trollilng gear and it didn’t take long. Dimitri wants to do catch and release as he is a great sportsman. The 24″ and 26″ start to hit and we are having a great time pulling in some nice fish. I wanted to check another spot and we headed out to drown some shiners. We picked up one small fish and so we headed for the marina but stopped at my big fish spot on the way.

Good thing we did. I dropped my rigs down into my big fish hole and added some gas. About that time I saw a big fish on the screen. I told Gary, “If we catch this one it will be a big one!” Gary asks, “How far is that fish from the rigs?” I said it should be there just about BAM! Big fish on.

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Dimitri sure caught his share of Stripers.

Dimitri grabbed the pole and the fight was on. I had to maneuver the boat to gain ground on the fish and we finally got the striper in the boat. A 33” and 12 ½ pound striper had everybody high fiving. What a way to end a day of fishing with a great sportsman!

Memorial Day Weekend
I reserved this past weekend for family and working on the dock. I took Friday off and my son John and I ran out to Texoma at 8 am. Once again headed out to my trolling spot and fish on. From the get go we were pulling in nice fish. We put two 29” stripers and a 24” in the live well, but we should have thrown the 24” back.

We released a number of 29” fish looking for a big one. John had a 29” and a 25” on the same rig while I had a 27” on the other. It was crazy. I think we cleaned 8 fish and let a bunch of 29” and other big fish go. It was a great day.

Saturday was my daughter Rachel’s turn. We headed out again and had a pretty good day with some nice fish caught. We kept a few and I believe the biggest was 27”. Good day of fishing and then some good work done on the dock.

Sunday Rest / Monday Crazy
I headed out Monday to try a different spot. Man was it the right decision. First one, 34” and 11 pounds. Then another 30”, then another, then another. Oh man, this is crazy. I’m letting 30” fish go and the only one in the boat. Then I land a 25” and 24” on the same rig. I finish up with a 21” and take my 34” and 30” to the dock. What a day, it was a ton of fun and the guys drowning minnows should have been trolling.

So till next weekend, I believe I’m taking Kennedy and his daughter out next Saturday. Report to follow.

Dimitri, Gary and I did ok trolling last weekend.

Dimitri, Gary and I did ok trolling last weekend.

John and I put two 29” stripers and a 24” in the live well.

John and I put two 29” stripers and a 24” in the live well.

Rachel's first catch of the day was a nice 21" Striper.

Rachel’s first catch of the day was a nice 21″ Striper.

Posted a boat record with this 34" Striper on Memorial Day.

Posted a boat record with this 34″ Striper on Memorial Day.

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