I’m fascinated by striped bass. They’re one of the very few fish I know of that can thrive in both salt and freshwater environments. They’re a staple of the East Coast sportfishing culture. I was lucky enough to catch my first one, a 39-lb. trophy with Long Island-based fishing guide Capt. Paul Mandella of Maybe Tonight Charters. Out here on the West Coast, I’ve fished for them in San Pablo Bay (just north of San Francisco), in Diamond Valley Lake, and off the jetties in Santa Monica Bay.
When I’ve fished for them, I’ve always used bait. That’s why I was fascinated to read the following article; in Lake Texoma, Texas, they target stripers on the fly.
The last count I heard was more than 400 fishing guides calling Texoma home. Many move their customers around on what I call “water buses.” Those water buses are manufactured under the name Thunderbird, and carry customers four, six or maybe eight at a time. If you are aware of what the requirements are for guiding on Texoma, then you know there must be a profit motive there.
Texoma is a boundary water that means it is under the jurisdiction and authority of the US Coast Guard. Those guys don’t mess around, and neither should you. If you decide to take on Texoma, you should treat it with a great degree of respect. The Coast Guard is there, for among many other reasons, because of many tragedies that have occurred there. TIP – This is one lake that you should avoid weekends, even at greater cost, because of the zoo it becomes Friday afternoon. And the zoo is open all weekend long.
Photos: Texas Fly Caster (top), Tidal Fish (above)