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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Plastics Worked This Round...

Made it out to Bethany this evening for a round of fishing. Fished with Gander Mountain's Senko style plastic worm. The worms look like Gary Yamamota Senkos but are lighter and have a hook groove molded in the body.

After getting used to casting the lighter plastic worm, was able to hook up with a few Bass. Lotta fun... ended up catching and releasing eight Bass!



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Only One This Round...

Fished Texoma today. Used the Jon Boat and mounted the outboard on to it, then trolled for a good while. Had a few strikes but no hook ups before finally hooking one small Striped Bass.

Really nice weather with moderate winds and cool temps. Great to get out and about; sure beats work! Till next time... Good luck and good fishing!



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Are Ready...!

Good thing we doubled up and fished Saturday and Sunday. Our day jobs has the work week clobbered, so no chance of getting a quick trip in until Saturday (knock on wood).

No worries, though... looks like others are doing well fishing the community lakes and ponds despite the recent rain and cooler weather. Also, hearing good things about Texoma and the Striped Bass bite!

Also, in a short while November will roll in and the Blue River in Oklahoma will be stocking Rainbow Trout soon!

Moreover, the Golden Croakers are on their run on the Coast, so Galveston is looking really nice, too.

So, with all things considered, we need to be ready to take advantage of any opportunity to fish. To ensure we are ready, a quick check of our fishing licenses shows:

  • Texas Resident All-Water Fishing License is current!
  • Texoma Fishing License is current!
  • Oklahoma Non-Resident Fishing License is current!
Now, we keep a close eye on any break in the work schedule, and "pounce" as soon as we see an opening!

All for now and Good Luck and Good Fishing!



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Struck Out This Round But Too Nice a Day...!

Went out again to Texoma in hopes of more Striped Bass. This round launched at the Spillway Ramp. First time putting in here; things looked promising but ended up without a fish.

Calm conditions with a slight wind from the South. Different from the North wind that was kicking up the water yesterday. Had a tough time finding a windy point.

Did get four Striped Bass to chase our lute but did not get a hook up.  No worries; got a good workout in... paddled to Eisenhower State Park, back to the Spillway Ramp, and then to the Dam face itself.



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Afternoon Kayak Fishing at Texoma

Saturday... headed to Texoma after the morning rain passed for a round of kayak fishing. Put in at Eisenhower State Park; worked a tandem Bucktail Jig and Clouser Minnow on a windy point. Managed six Stripers trolling the point. Fun stuff.

The Bucktail Jig had a White Fluke added; Clouser Minnow was fished "as is". Looked like the Stripers  wanted the Jig!

Wind was brisk and the water was rough at times; definitely glad to have the PFD on. Cool temps but not near as cold as last Saturday.

May need to give it another go on Sunday...!


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Struck Out at Kroger Park.... Blue/White Clouser Minnows

Checked out Kroger Park this evening and struck out. Had three strikes but failed to connect. Only had about 45" to fish; no worries though... was glad to get out after another week at the "salt mines"!

Did notice that a Weather Alert went out for tonight. Looks like our area is in for a few thunderstorms. Was hoping to make another run to Lake Texoma to see if the Striped Bass were biting.

With the weather as it is, going to play it by ear. Did tie some Blue/White Clouser Minnows in preparation for the next round at Texoma.  Was running short on the Blue/White Bucktail Jigs that worked last week. But, Clouser Minnows will do in a pinch!



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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Saturday Kayak Fishing at Texoma

Decided to give Texoma a try Saturday morning in hopes of Striped Bass. Cold temps, starting out at 47 degrees. Good thing the waders kept things warm and dry.

Put in at Lighthouse Marina; things started out slow with no strikes on a Rat-L-Trap or Tube Flies. Switched to a Blue/White Bucktail Jig and Fluke and started hooking up.

Steady action... despite missed hook sets and thrown hooks, was able to put eight on the stringer.  Largest went 26" in length! Fun stuff!



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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Another Round at Bethany with the Near Deere

Another round of fishing with the Near Deere; no Bruisers but did get a few fish. Did have a couple of kids wander where I was casting... else, this round was uneventful. Still good to get away and go fishing!



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Near Deere Gets a Few at Bethany Lakes This Evening

Tried the Near Deere Fishing Fly this evening at Bethany Lakes. Caught a couple of Bluegill and Bass. Did miss a few as well. No worries; was still a fun time catching them on the fly!



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Friday, September 26, 2014

Today's Fishing Thoughts...

Hi Everyone,
Here are a few fishing thoughts to keep in mind for this weekend...

Beavers Bend State Park - Lower Mountain Fork River. Been there twice now, posted videos on YouTube and a HubPages article to provide more details on the first trip.
  • Really liking the area and the opportunity to fish year round for Rainbow and Brown Trout. At some point, will have to make an effort to spend a weekend up there instead of day trips.
  • Did note that this year a new Trout Hatchery was managing the Stocking Program for the Oklahoma Wildlife Department. So far, it sounds like anglers who frequent the area have mixed feelings about the Program. 
  • Regardless, still had a great time fishing! If we had more time this weekend, would have tried to fish it again. 

Lake Texoma - Kayak Trolling for Striped Bass. Made several trips over the Summer to try catching a few Striped Bass on Lake Texoma.
  • Put in a High Port Marina and fished the rocks and the Islands with good success. Even caught Smallmouth Bass as well as a Gaspergou or two.
  • Also, put in at Eisenhower State Park. Had a tough go there with only a few strikes. But, did manage to catch a Smallmouth Bass and a skinny 18" Striped Bass. Did notice a lot of Ghost Minnows that seemed to be the primary food source for the Stripers. Heard there was a Shad kill the past Winter that impacted certain size Stripers causing them to be skinny for their size.
  • Lastly, checked out Lighthouse Marina. Liked the sandy beach area and the shallow flats that led to deeper water.had to start later in the day to avoid a few rain showers but once we started, was able to get a Smallmouth Bass, a Largemouth Bass, and a Striped Bass. they were small but still was good to get a "Texoma Slam"!
  • For this weekend, Texoma would be the next choice to fish but still "iffy" about what this weekend's schedule will allow.

Lake Lavon - Jugline Fishing for Catfish. Was able to have several Beer Batter Fish Fries this Summer using this technique to catch Catfish.
  • Although lake levels are low and only one public boat ramp remains open, was able to use our jon boat as well as kayaks to set juglines.
  • Worked the point by Tickey Creek several times with good success. Key area was the side where the boat ramp is compared to around the point. Seemed to get more Catfish there.
  • Later, decided to fish Little Ridge Park where the one remaining public boat ramp is located. Caught Shad for bait, and then set out lines near the Power Plant and had good success as well.
  • Of the two locations, it seemed we caught larger Catfish at Little Ridge Park compared to Tickey Creek.
  • For this weekend, juglining Lavon may be the fall back plan; just we have enough Catfish fillets in the freezer for at least tow fish fries.

Lake Lavon - Kayak Trolling for White Bass. At the start of the Summer and latter part of Spring, worked various  points at Tickey Creek and Little Ridge Park for White Bass,
  • Mainly used this technique to get a workout in paddling for hours which does make a good workout.
  • Did hook up with a few Keeper White Bass that made for good eating once the red meat was removed along the lateral line.
  • Lures of choice were a Slab and Crappie Jig Rig and Tube Fishing Flies.
  • Of the two places we put in, both were equally good with the key factor being Shad. If the area had Shad, we were able to get a few. Else, it was a lot of paddling without a strike.
  • Also, did notice the Yellow Bass were more prevalent at Tickey Creek than Little Ridge.
  • Later in the Summer, did try Collin Park Marina that has a private boat ramp. Launched our kayaks from the beach and worked the tire reef. Had a few hits but no Keepers.
  • For this weekend, kayak trolling Lavon may be another fall back choice... except we might try another place to put in.

Community Lakes and Ponds. This is the likely choice for this weekend as it looks like work schedules will conflict with fishing. That said,
  • Bethany Lakes is always a good place to fish. Action may be slow but it still beats working!
  • Also, Oak Point and Plano East Senior High School are another choice. Oak Point requires a lot of walking but on occasion a few bites may be had.
  • For Plano East Senior High School, their Catch and Release Ponds hold a Bruiser or two Bass and Catfish.
  • Regardless, going to use either a Senko setup or fly fishing a Near Deere under a strike indicator.


Alrighty, having written down a few fishing thoughts before the weekend begins, it's time to sign off and stare at the time clock as it ticks closer and closer to quitting time! Until next time,...

Good Luck ad Good Fishing!
Fshng84


PS: Rreally would hve liked to have gone to the 61st Fishing Pier most of all for a go at more Sharks and other Saltwater Fishes!

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