Well I thought I had a handle on about all types of fishing. I might not know as much about some of them as other fishermen but I can get by without looking like a novice.
I have trolled off and on in my fishing career. I was really into it years ago, trolling for sand bass with Bayou Boogies — once made in Sherman now in the Heddon lure line. Caught a lot of black bass on them also. I have fished jigs on Heddon Big Hell Benders behind my boat often. Once I got the bass-only virus, trolling pretty much went away.
A good friend of mine, Jerry Dorsey, heads up the “Welcome Home for the Troops,” an event I support as you know from past articles. Jerry runs a Striper Guide service (Cross Creek Guide Service; 903-786-3981).
Jerry has proven in many striper tournaments he is one of the best trolling guides working Texoma as the money from them often went home with him. He called me last week and asked if I wanted to go out with him and a client Tuesday. I had asked him once if he would mind my riding along with him some day and see how he fished the A Rigs.
I got to his boathouse Tuesday morning and his client, Alan Webster from Lake Worth, was already there. Before we left Jerry’s slip we were given a lesson on how to use the rigs and what to do if we hung up.
It took a little while to absorb the info as there was a lot more to his way than my “chunk-it-out-and-drag” way. I had only planned on watching but he insisted I fish also. He handed me a rod I could have used for a cue stick. It had a big reel with a foot counter on it.
No guessing how much line you had out with an A rig adorned with 9-1/2 ounce jigs out. Mine were white and blue grubs; Alan had solid chartreuse grubs on his cue stick.
We left Little Mineral Marina and headed off. When we stopped we were in 70 or so feet of water. He explained we were going to fish some humps that came up to about 30 feet.
You put his rigs in the water the way he tells you to. I did the Webb freehand and got a tangled mess. Jerry helped me straighten the collision out, gave me the look and I did it his way when I put it in the water again.
As he approached the humps he had us let out 100 feet of line. He showed me the fish that were holding on and off the side of the humps. With the reel counter on 100 feet we were able to drag our rigs through them and both of us hooked up. Two fat stripers came to the boat.
Jerry doesn’t fish as he is too busy making sure his clients are doing it right and running the boat plus netting the fish. His fishing style is different from mine and it works.
For beginners or older fishermen who want to catch big fish a trip with a trolling guide should be considered. It isn’t easy as after a while holding the “pool cue rod” and dragging the big A Rig begins to tell on your forearms. Along with the stripers his client caught three bass, two nice smallmouth and a big Kentucky.
I near had a fainting spell as he kept those fish. Reviving, we fished a while longer, then he brought us in. We had a cooler of fish to show. Jerry taught me more about trolling than I ever knew. Great friend and heck of a good guide if you need one.
I’m a lucky man. I have great fishing friends: Jerry, my son-in-law John Blasingame — who just also happens to be a Striper Guide — and more friends than I can count, some who fish, some who don’t. I also have a paper, the Herald Democrat, that lets me write for your enjoyment, plus a wife that lets me fish about as much as I want to when I want to.
I have had and still have lots of wonderful friends and supporters in the fishing industry. I know many of the Bass Pros from shows I worked over the years. I live at the lake with Susan and our two furry girls, just a short drive to the boat ramp. Yes, I’m a lucky man.