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July 19, 2013

2nd Annual PBR Striped Bass & Fluke Tournament

by Stripers247 Staff

The 2nd Annual PBR Striped Bass & Fluke Tournament continues! Visit www.pbrfishing.com for more info

June 18, 2013

Stripers247 Giveaway: Grip Studs High Performance Boot Studs

by Stripers247 Stafff

Welcome to Stripers247 sponsor Grip Studs, manufacturer of screw-in boot studs that are perfect for Striped Bass fishing.

And now a giveaway from our sponsor...

Secure your footing on slimy weed covered rocks and in heavy surf with Grip Studs™ high performance boot studs. These durable traction studs with their unique wide–auger shank do not bend, back-out or fold over in the sole like other narrow-threaded studs. Grip Studs™ feature a tough, solid tungsten carbide core-to-tip shaft and a rust-resistant finish, making them the perfect stud for rock hoppers! The unique installation notches of the Grip Studs™ design ensure easy installation and removal with the handy power tool. Grip Studs™ surf fishing studs work in almost any rubber or felt sole and are available in both aggressive and standard sizes ensuring compatibility with your boot sole and optimizing traction based on your surf fishing conditions.



We are giving away a model #1800 50 stud kit! Entering the contest is easy! All you have to do is go to this thread and answer the following question:

Have you ever had a serious slip while surfcasting? If so, tell us about it!

All who provide their answer will be entered into the drawing. We will choose one winner on Monday, June 24th. Good luck!

January 09, 2013

Bubba Blade Video Caption Contest

by Stripers247 Staff

Thanks to our sponsor Bubba Blade for this giveaway. Bubba Blade manufactures the ultimate sportsman's knife. With a no-slip grip rubber handle, Teflon coated stainless steel razor sharp blade, and multiple sizes to choose from, anyone who fillets fish will love the Bubba Blade...especially if you fillet a lot of fish! Now a special giveaway from our sponsor. Want to see the BubbaBlade In action? Check out this video:

BUBBA BLADE VS. ELECTRIC KNIFE

Now go onto the thread here and provide a caption that describes the video in your own words. All who reply will automatically be entered into a drawing and one winner will receive a Bubba Blade knife in the size of their choice! The contest ends on January 22nd. We will then draw one winner! Good luck!

December 14, 2012

Stripers247.com Giveaway from Vibrations Tackle!

by Stripers247 Staff

The patent pending Echotail from Vibrations Tackle is a hybrid vibrating blade bait that combines the traditional blade bait with the ability to attach a wide variety of soft plastic tails on the market today. This offers almost endless possibilities of style, color and scent combinations to suit your fishing needs. Multiple towing holes allow the bait to be extremely versatile whether you're jigging, casting or trolling. The Echotail is manufactured in multiple sizes as well. Here are some pictures:



The Echotail can be rigged with many soft plastic options already available on the market. Options to experiment with include grub tails, slug style, paddle tails, reaper tails, twin tails and many more.

Another option is a water soluble or scented soft bait or cut bait. Gulp, Uncle Josh Meat, and Pork Rinds are examples. Adding a scented bait makes the Echotail makes it so you are attracting several senses of the fish. Hearing through sound virbration, feeling through lateral line, taste, and smell.

Click here to find out how to win the Echotail in the size and color of your choice fron Stripers247.com and Vibrations Tackle!

November 27, 2012

Stripers247.com Giveaway from Vibrations Tackle!

by Stripers247 Staff

The patent pending Echotail from Vibrations Tackle is a hybrid vibrating blade bait that combines the traditional blade bait with the ability to attach a wide variety of soft plastic tails on the market today. This offers almost endless possibilities of style, color and scent combinations to suit your fishing needs. Multiple towing holes allow the bait to be extremely versatile whether you're jigging, casting or trolling. The Echotail is manufactured in multiple sizes as well. Here are some pictures:



The Echotail can be rigged with many soft plastic options already available on the market. Options to experiment with include grub tails, slug style, paddle tails, reaper tails, twin tails and many more.

Another option is a water soluble or scented soft bait or cut bait. Gulp, Uncle Josh Meat, and Pork Rinds are examples. Adding a scented bait makes the Echotail makes it so you are attracting several senses of the fish. Hearing through sound virbration, feeling through lateral line, taste, and smell.

Click here to find out how to win the Echotail in the size and color of your choice fron Stripers247.com and Vibrations Tackle!

November 20, 2012

Okuma Fishing Tackle Supports The American Red Cross With Consumer Discount And Donation Opportunity

by Stripers247 Staff

The devastation to Northeast fishing communities caused by Hurricane Sandy is deeply saddening and incredibly unfortunate. As anglers, all of these people are members of our community, our neighbors across the country.

To lend support to those in need, we've created an opportunity that makes it easy to help.

Through December 15th, U.S. consumers can use the discount code SANDY on the Okuma Fishing Tackle website and receive 50% off the retail price of all in-stock Okuma branded apparel, as well as select reels identified as Hurricane Sandy Relief. Due to contract limitations, we are unable to offer this to our Canadian consumers.

Throughout this period, 50% of your total purchase amount of the discounted items will be donated to the Red Cross and their efforts to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

For example, the Okuma hooded sweatshirt retails for $34.99. Using the discount code SANDY, the cost of the sweatshirt will be discounted to $17.50 + shipping. Of the $17.50, Okuma will make a donation in the amount of $8.75 to the American Red Cross.

Your gift to 2012 Hurricanes and Other Related Storms will help the American Red Cross prepare for and respond to tropical activity such as Superstorm Sandy, and provide services such as food, shelter and emotional support to those impacted across the country. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.


The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. The American Red Cross logo is a registered trademark owned by the American Red Cross. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org.

If you are able to make a donation directly to the Red Cross, please do so. Okuma is offering this program with the realization that with tight budgets, many consumers are better able to make a donation as part of purchasing an item they want or need.

Thank you for your support!

September 20, 2012

Bubba Blade Fillet Knife Giveaway!

by Stripers247 Staff

Stripers247.com would like to welcome our new sponsor Bubba Blade! The Bubba Blade is a series of knives that stay sharper longer, resist rusting, and hold up under the harsh environment of saltwater fishing. The Bubba Blade also features a no-slip grip handle that gives you a great grip even when wet or slimy, so your hand does not slip into the blade. For more information on the Bubba Blade, check out their website at www.bubbablade.com.

And now, a special giveaway for our members! Just go to the thread here and answer this question: "What is your favorite fish to eat and your favorite way to eat it?" If you don't like fish but are still interested in participating let us know what your favorite fish to catch is!

All who provide a reply to the discussion board thread will be entered into a drawing and one lucky winner will receive a 9" fillet knife! We will draw a winner on 09/25. Good luck!

September 12, 2012

Win a $100 Gift Certificate to JB Tackle: Take Our Survey!

by Stripers247 Staff

Attention Stripers247 users: announcing a special giveaway from Stripers247.com! Stripers247 is conducting a survey. This short 20 question survey will only take a few minutes of your time and all who respond will be automatically entered into a drawing. One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to JB Tackle! To participate in the survey, click here to visit our Survey Monkey page. We will draw a winner on 9/25

April 19, 2012

The Chug 'n Spook for Topwater Stripers

by Nicole Sinning

The new Heddon Chug'n Spook features a precisely designed convex face that doesn't affect the walk-the-dog retrieve, so it's chugging and spitting while walking the dog. Add in a big One Knocker rattle and we're talking mega-attraction radius.



The Chug'n Spook's open mouth spits loads of water and creates enormous surface action while the One Knocker rattle bangs on the door with every twitch. Despite the addition of the spitting mouth, the Chug'n Spook still walks-the-dog with ease, creating that hypnotizing action that predator fish can't resist.

The Chug'n Spook comes in both freshwater and saltwater versions so striper anglers have one that's perfect for the situation. The difference is in the hooks. The saltwater version features super-strong #1 2X Saltwater Hooks that resist rust and stand up to the punishment big and toothy brutes dish out. The freshwater versions feature tough #2 XCalibur Tx3 hooks intended to stay sharp for bass after bass.

The new Chug'n Spook comes in 26 color patterns and has an MSRP of just $6.99. For more information go to www.lurenet.com or www.BomberSaltwaterGrade.com.

Here is a great success story from Lawrence Taylor of Heddon, fishing with the Chug'n Spook in Arkansas' Beaver Lake!

Catch Migrating Stripers On Topwater

Brad Wiegmann isn't one to sit around and wait.

"Look at them," he said, pointing with his rod toward a guide boat crawling across the massive flat. Every angler occupied a seat and gazed sleepily as the trolling rods cut V's in the water behind the boat. "I'd much rather be doing this than just sitting and watching."

Wiegmann is a guide on Arkansas' Beaver Lake and we were vertical jigging CC Spoons and searching his graph for balls of shad and predator fish.

Instead of the long-line trolling with live bait that most of the striper guides, Wiegmann prefers a more active approach and found that spoon fishing is something that everyone can do, no matter the level of fishing experience. Drop the spoon to the bottom, reel one time and begin any variation of "jigging" you want.

Another plus is that spoon fishing produces fish of all types. During his guide trip the previous day, the party landed several varieties of catfish, white bass, striped bass, spotted bass, largemouth and crappie, although white bass make up the majority of this afternoon bite. But this is just the preamble, the warm-up act, the nibble before the strike. The real reason we are here is because in a short time the magical hour will begin and we'll move to certain points for one of the most exciting moments in freshwater fishing.

"I wait all year for April and the end of October/beginning of November," Wiegmann said.

Like some look forward to deer season, or young men look forward to the last day of school, Wiegmann's year revolves around the times when giant striped bass move up shallow and smash big topwater baits. These top predators move upriver in the spring to spawn in the shallow moving water, then migrate back to the main body of the lake for summer. It's this return trip when the water temperature consistently reaches 65-degrees or more that excites him.

Wiegmann looks for big flats (10- to 20-feet deep) for midday feeding close to areas where the river channel sweeps against points and banks during the topwater migration. The channel ledge and shallow water on top set up the perfect "corralling" area. Stripers can push shad first against the ledge then up and into shallow water to catch them. This action occurs during the first and last hour of daylight.

Wiegmann loads another fat white bass, pulls up the trolling motor and announces "It's time." In short order we're a cast length away from a nondescript gravely point and he hands me a baitcaster with a Cordell Pencil Popper tied on. He launches a cast toward the point with a Chug'n Spook, and I swear I hear him giggle.



I begin working the Pencil Popper back as it walks and spits. Then, all hell breaks loose. Anglers talk about vicious strikes from Peacock bass or redfish, and they're right, but this is just as heart-stopping. It's as if the lure really was a stick of dynamite and the fuse just ran out. The drag spins and the battle draws on long enough for Wiegmann to get two more casts in before grabbing the net. I grip 15-pounds worth of striped bass and give it thanks before releasing it.

We bring another, bigger striper to the boat before the sun disappears under the horizon and we stow the rods and get on plane.

"You can't describe it," I say over the roar of the wind and motor.

"What?"

"The fight...the strike...you can't describe it," I say, and Wiegmann just grins. I know what he's thinking: "I told ya."



Tips:
Water temperature should be 60- to 65-degrees.
Topwater fish only the prime time - the hours of sunrise and sunset.
Bass-fishing equipment -- medium- to medium-heavy, 6 1/2- to 7-foot rods and 20-pound-test copolymer SilverThread line.
Check the reel's drag to ensure its tight enough to set the hook but loose enough to let a big striper play out.
Use noisy walk-the-dog style topwaters like the Cordell Pencil Popper or Heddon Chug'n Spook.
Check areas where the river channel sweeps close to the bank, especially if there's a big flat nearby.
If a striper swipes the lure and misses, Wiegmann says to keep working the bait the same as you were.
As always when using a big topwater with multiple treble hooks, wait until you feel the fish before setting the hook.
When landing a big striper, try to keep the fish's head down to keep it from shaking and throwing the lure.
Other lures to try: Wake a Cordell Redfin slowly across the top, or try a smaller, quieter Spook or even a Spit'n Image.
3/4-ounce CC Spoon for spooning.


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