Striped Bass Fishing was first introduced to Arkansas in 1956 when Lake Ouachita received 27 N. Carolina Stripers.
When is the last time you had 100 Feet of line stripped off your reel......
When is the last time you had your 7 inch lure knocked 3 feet into the air......
When is the last time you fought a fish for 10 minutes before netting..............
When is the last time you used 12 inch bait fish.......
When is the last time you caught a single fish in excess of 40lbs......
WELL you haven't been Striped Bass Fishing on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas in The Spring have you.
Until you have cast a top water plug into stripers in a surface feeding .... tail spacking frenzy ....you, my friend, have not fished.
Striped Bass Fishing is the fastest growing segment of sport fishing
in Arkansas . There just isn't a tougher fighting fish in freshwater.
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."
Often they will 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.
The best way to learn how to fish for stripers the first time is to Book a Striped Bass Guide.
Practicing Catch and Release When Possible.