J.B. Webb — White birds and silver fish

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat

It’s no secret that Texoma is red hot for stripers right now. What lure or method you use now — lures or live bait, jigging, trolling or top-water — will catch hungry stripers.

The not-so-secret places to catch fish don’t matter a lot. The main key is to be out on the water early; just at daybreak is a good time. Looking around you will likely see boats bunched. If you go to them, remember to not drive into where they are fishing. Go in on trolling motor or let the wind we have now drift you through them. Give them plenty of room and everything should be okay. Crowd them and a few words might go to flying.

Also look for the white cranes or egrets. They will often be sitting on the bank and watching where they dive or sit gives you a good starting spot. There are few, if any, gulls still here. I’m mostly seeing the cranes.

Charlie and I had decided we would go fishing on Thursday. Wednesday morning setting in the saloon with wind blowing and having a morning cup is what living at the lake is for. After more coffee and Ginger's morning ride, I came back and decided I would pre-fish for our Thursday trip. Putting the boat in the water I headed out. Funny thing about Texoma — the wind always blows at least 10 miles per hour faster than the weatherman says.

There were some nice size waves rolling in. I like to fish a windy bank and that’s what I started out doing. After two big waves just happened to hit when I was bent over and not braced for them, anyone looking from the shore would think I was practicing a new dance step as I managed to stay in the boat. Not long after I almost got tossed again. I got out my butt seat and that took care of accidentally go swimming.

The bank I had chosen had big waves hitting it. Don’t pass up a bank like that. The wind and waves often push the shad right up in the roiled water. Put your bait as close to the bank as you can. As I fished down it, I saw about 15 or 20 of the big white birds flying out, hovering or hitting the water then heading back to shore. This happened several more times as I got closer.

I picked up my rod with a weighted cork on it, threw out in the area the birds had been working and the sand bass catching started. I even had some of those cranes hovering over my cork but none went for it. It was a fight to stay where I needed to be as the wind got higher and when I left the birds and silver fish were still there.

My next stop was going to be a little cove somewhat out of the wind but a bass boat was already in there so after getting a morning shower from a big wave I hit wrong I left for the other side of the lake. With the lake up there is a lot of good fish cover to be worked. Fishing a Shakeyhead lure with a Green Pumpkin worm, I caught a little bass off of a tree in the water.

After fishing awhile longer, I put the Shaky down and picked up a Green Pumpkin jig with a YUM Green Pumpkin Craw Chunk and off a big underwater rock I like to fish I got a second bass that wasn't big but better than the first. Tired of fighting the wind when I didn’t have to, plus some slow fishing, I loaded up and left the lake. I’ll let you know next week how we do.

The winds had Lake Texoma a little rougher than a boater would like. There were some real honkers coming down the line or lake. That being said I spent Tuesday afternoon cutting up a big ash tree that had fallen. I sweated a lot but I like working in the heat. I swigged water with an occasional beer that was icy cold and kept sawing. I ran out of gas for the saw and was forced to quit.

Wednesday afternoon a friend who had started to help me was a little worried about being in the heat so he left me for the air conditioner. I got most of the tree cut up before I ran out of gas again. It was a little warmer than Tuesday but no still no problem.

Thursday after Charlie and I got back I finished sawing it up, load it and go to the house, stack it and let it cure out over the summer.

It’s hot so be careful, use sunscreen, keep hydrated and wear a big hat that covers your neck, ears, face and nose. Go fishing early. Summer is also the time to consider night fishing since it’s cooler and quieter. Hearsay has crappie and bass slow; stripers are on fire. Be careful with fireworks and have a great Fourth.