Hello I'm Ben Sanders and I welcome you to Arkansasstripers.com.
I originally created AS as an information site on freshwater striper fishing for my personal use after I moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1990.
Growing up in the lower Arkansas, Ouachita and White river bottoms, bayous and Ricefield farm reservoirs in the lower Arkansas Delta, I was a hard
nosed dedicated, diehard largemouth bass fisherman as you could find.
I had grown up hearing all the negative about Striped Bass in the big
lakes of Arkansas.
Tales about how they ate the bass and crappie and
devastated the lakes of forage and were no good as table fare. Those tales, of course, were not true.
one evening when I was fishing Lake Catherine close to my home, in the early
90s, I was fortunate to witness what can only be described as the largest
display of tail spacking surface feeding frenzy of large striped bass I had
ever witnessed. After a frustrating line breaking, line spooling 30 minutes
of my bass tackle, I had to set and watch a display of fish power like
none I had ever seen for over an hour.
The next afternoon I returned to the location of the
exploding surface demonstration of the evening before, equipped this time
with heavier gear. The show was not as long lasting or extravagant as the
day before but I managed to hook up with several fish up to 45 pounds. Some
were larger but I simply could not get them in the boat. I needed a
bigger dip net.
I had never experienced such powerful top water explosions
and hard fighting fish in my life. I was hooked.
Since I was creating websites on other subjects which is one of my other occupations,
along with government contracting, I choose to assemble my own
research and pictures in a website format as I learned about the excitement
of striper fishing.
Well the search engines started indexing the site ranking it high in their search returns. The e-mails
and phone calls started coming in wanting to go
I had been hiring a striped bass guide
to expedite my learning curve so I sent him the names and numbers, soon he had more than
he could handle so I started taking people fishing and the rest as they say is
I became a full time striper fishing guide on Lake Ouachita and
Lakes around Hot Springs in 2000, and its been a great ride.
It has been my
privilege over the years to be part of memories of a lifetime.
period of time I learned of a very unique fish I hope you will also come to
understand and enjoy.
Ben Sanders - 2015