Striped Bass Fishing was first introduced to Arkansas in 1956 when Lake Ouachita received 27 N. Carolina Stripers.
Now striper fishing is the fastest growing segment of sport fishing in Arkansas . There just isn't a tougher fighting fish in freshwater.
Until you have cast a top water plug into stripers in a surface feeding .... tail spacking frenzy ....you, my friend, have not fished.
When a Trophy Striper explodes on a surface lure, it's comparable to the unexpected fall of a bowling ball into a swimming pool from several stories above with your line attached!
"Hold on they are capable of taking a rod away from an unsuspecting angler."
A big Lake Ouachita striper can strip 100 feet of line off your reel......
They can tail slap your 7 inch lure 3 feet into the air......
They can fight you 10 minutes or longer before you wear them down.............
When you hook one on a top water plug they will often start a thrashing, rolling, twisting, shaking, and diving surface show that is simply indescribable, there's no reeling at this point.
The sound of your drag screaming will snap you back to reality when the Striper takes off in a power run. Your tackle gets tested like its never been. As you wrestle these underwater warriors, your mind flashes back, "How good is my knot", "How can the line take this kind of pressure" you hope and pray they are right. It seems that at any moment something will break. There's few moments of confidence in your tackle as it strains to its limits.
Striped Bass transmit their awesome strength straight into your arms, which will be dead tired by the time you wear these big fish down. Constant line pressure is a must. Stripers seldom jump. You will see the gigantic boils and ask yourself, "Is that on my line until they roll exhaustively next to the boat.
By the time you boat your fish, you will be sweating and shaking, and your heart will be pounding from adrenal over-load. Your arms will be tired and your reeling hand cramped. It takes this kind of effort to conquer 50 pounds of hyper-active striper. You will be awed that you've just won one heck of a Striper fight and:
Created a memory of a life time.
Guiding for striped bass is a lot like hunting.
Knowing the seasonal patterns and locations of Striped Bass. Stripers are always on the move, you're always looking --- looking for the unmistakable sprays of water that they send skyward when feeding on the surface. Looking for the telltale arches on the fish locator that show schools of fish below. Searching the water with field glasses looking for the sprays or circling birds feeding on destroyed shad. Using your ears to listen for the tail spacking sounds of breaking schools of stripers as you slip thru a foggy morning.
Practicing Catch and Release When Possible.
Ben Sanders Striper Guide Fishing Services for Hot Springs, Arkansas and Lake Ouachita.