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#1 BlakeMo

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Posted April 14 2009 - 04:52 PM

I live in Oklahoma and we have several dams with some nice pure stripers and some hybrid stripers. I was wondering what lures I should use and how I should use them. Also What gear. I have an abu 6500c and really like it. Im probaly going to put 50pound power pro and use a 12 foot rod as long cast are important. Does this sound like an ok setup?Sorry for posting this on a mostly saltwater forum but I thought that mabey some one could help me.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 06:36 PM

Tins,bucktails,sluggo's and most other lures used in saltwater should work.They are just beginning to show up at our dams now,you are a few miles south of here so your season should be underway.Fish as close to the spillway as is safe.
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Posted April 14 2009 - 06:39 PM

thanks! I fish from the bank so I can get up close

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Posted April 14 2009 - 07:07 PM

its fishing for stripers thats all that counts to me . you don't need a 12 foot rod a 10 ft or 11 will do the same thing. lure wise how fast is the current moving in the spot that you want to get to. the distance you have to get to will determine what lures you can use. is iit day time or night time again that will change what lures you will need. if you have to get 100 yards you will need long casting lures in the day time and at night the same thing let us know it will help in aiding you. perfect example shads and bucktail will not reach the far distance you need either will bombers or metal lip swimmers.
in the day time fo long casting pencil poppers yozuri surface crusiers, al gags pencils large gibbs 2 to 3 1/2 ounce pencils hopkins shortys castmasters Superstrike polaris poppers in both sizes with the black eye only. at night for long distance
needles Super strike darters might not get the distance but could work .
Good luck lets here some good stories from you when you catch. tight lines lockbox

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Posted April 14 2009 - 08:31 PM

Hard to say not knowing what the water looks like, but I'd expect bucktails would do well in the heavy currents under many dams. Don't forget pork rind or a rubber curly tail on the back to sweeten it up.

Rubber swim shads (storm, tsunami) would also likely be one of the first I'd reach for.

If they'll take topwater lures, I just love spook type lures.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 09:13 PM

Im thinking about bucktails with a 2 ounce weight on the bottom and bass magic swimbaits. Thanks for the advice and I will have to make far casts and the current is usualy really strong so spooks probaly are not an option so i think ill try driffting bucktails also ill be fishing in the day time. Thanks guys and ill post pics when I get me a striper!

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Posted April 14 2009 - 09:43 PM

Strong currents and longer casts- definately consider bucktails and rubber shads.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 09:53 PM

What brand of ruber shads do you recomend?Thanks

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Posted April 14 2009 - 09:56 PM

Tsunami or Storm make good ones that I fish. I have not used the Panther Martin or Calcutta ones, but folks seem to like those too.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 09:59 PM

Ok thanks should I reel them in or drift them with the current? sorry for all the questions.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 10:06 PM

This may or may not help you but check out you tube for some cool vids on striper fishing in some Oklahoma spots. Even if it doesnt help, its entertaining.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 10:09 PM


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Ok thanks should I reel them in or drift them with the current? sorry for all the questions.





Reel them in slowly.

Usually you want to use a big enough one to get down near bottom in the current, but not get hung up in the bottom. Buy a couple of different sizes. Same theory applies to bucktails. You fish them both in a similar manner.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 10:13 PM

Ok thanks! Im sure my bait will be near the bottom anyways becuase of the weight I would ada to the bucktails or shads for casting distance.

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Posted April 15 2009 - 12:40 AM

The dam I fish, has deep holes or rocks. I'll use shallow swimmers, and those Gag's Slammers, or for the holes, Storm Shad's and deeper swimmers.
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Posted April 15 2009 - 08:24 AM


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Ok thanks! Im sure my bait will be near the bottom anyways becuase of the weight I would ada to the bucktails or shads for casting distance.





Don't add weights!

You can get bucktail jigs in any size, ones that will get down to the bottom in the heaviest currents. They cast like bullets.

Storm shads cast decently too.