Big White Egrets Attract Fishermen From Afar
If you have ever had trouble catching a fish and want to, now is the time to get out on the lake or just fish off shallow banks and points with wind blowing in on them.
Most any lures will work now but if bank fishing, you rule out a lot of them. The single best lure for fishing from the bank for me is a 3/4 oz. weighted cork on a six-to-seven foot rod with a White or Chartreuse weightless streamer lure on a leader about three-to-five feet long behind it.
The reason I like to use it? It’s pretty much snagless, you can cast it a mile and it catches fish. Using a steady medium retrieve lets the streamer run a few inches underwater. If there are fish in the vicinity they will hit it quickly. Often times a fish will hit it three or four times before you catch him or he gives up.
One thing you don’t want to do is quit reeling. A fish will chase it down and often hook itself. If you want a second choice lure make it a Topwater of some kind.
If I’m throwing one it will be either a four-inch Creek Chub Striper Strike or if you want to attract bigger fish, the six Pin Popper. They are an improved old Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper with new colors that was moved to the Creek Chub line. I‘m primarily talking stripers and sandbass lures here.
If fishing these baits they are slow sinkers so keep them moving. These lure’s can be cast a long way out also.
What time do you need to be on a windy shallow point? Depends — I like to be there early shortly after daylight as the sun comes up. Then there are times they won’t show up at all. That’s the reason we call it fishing, not catching.
The same timeframe works for boats. Boat types don’t matter, a boat gives you the advantage of being able to move around faster than bank fishermen and cover more water.
A boat gives you one more advantage on the lake now. The big egrets I mentioned above gather over schools of shad off the bank further than you can cast.
The reason is stripers and sandbass are below them pushing the bait fish out of the water. Find those big birds working and you will catch fish almost every time. Sand and rock flats now with water from 3-18 feet have fish on them. Another thing I’m seeing is the fall gulls beginning to show up. They sometimes work the same area as the egrets but also can keep to themselves.
Bank fishing or boat — you should have a good pair of binoculars. They let you scan a lot of water and save some gas. Another helper is keeping the sun at your back as it gets higher any surfacing fish are much easier to see as the splash they make shines like a mirror.
Crappie are still biting in boathouses, soft plastics and nibbles are working, and minnows if you can afford them are also good. Still lots of little fish to wade through but you can get a fish dinner if you stay long enough. Crappie must be 10 inches long to be legal.
Get your free new Texas Outdoor Annual. There is a change or two for 2017-18 in it. Hunting or fishing, you need to read the whole book. I learned a few things and ran across one I’m calling Austin about. You can find the new book at about any store that sells fishing tackle.
A new 2018 fishing and hunting license also can be had on line if you don’t have time to go to a store to get one. Get one now to avoid the rush, as they go into effect September 1, except for the Lake Texoma License — that’s good until the end of the year.
John Blasingame (Adventure Texoma Outdoors, 903-814-5566) is posting some awesome pictures on his Facebook page of big stripers. With school starting he and other guides are sure to have some dates open.
I’m even joining in on the terrific sandbass and striper fishing on Texoma now. Life is good at the lake.