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Old 03-29-2006, 11:13 PM
Foxfire2 Foxfire2 is offline
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Hi all, I am a newbie to the striper scene. I have wanted to fish for them since I read about them years ago. I just have never been in a position to do so. I have some old salmon/ steelhead gear and some saltwater gear but am not sure what to use. I will be fishing on Beaver Lake and possibly Bull Shoals on Ark. / MO.
I am not sure when the spring run starts and most of the fish are hybrid. I don't know if that makes a difference or not.
Beaver says that they manage the lake for bigger fish not big numbers. The average is 15lb. with many close to double that size.
Can anyone give me some direction here? I guess the biggest questions are rod and real size, type of bait or lure for the season and decent places to fish for them in the spring, and when to go?
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Old 03-30-2006, 07:59 AM
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JakeF JakeF is offline
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Hi Foxfire! Welcome to the site!

I fished Beaver Lake a few times years ago, for bucket mouths,,, never targeted stripers there. To start with I'd monitor the water tempurature. If it's over 50 degrees you can bet they'll be feeding actively somewhere. Find the bait fish and you find the predators looking for a meal. I would think live bait would be your best bet if you can get it.

As far as rod size goes, you'll probably want something in the medium heavy range that can handle up to 4oz or so and 20-30lb test line. Length really depends on preference and whether you're shore fishing or in a boat. Personally, I like a 10' rod for shore casting, and 7' rod for the boat.

Reel should be able to handle the same, and hold a good 200-300 yards. It's very important to make sure that the reel has a good smooth drag,, set correctly before you go out,, then don't mess with it. If you're used to horseing in LMB, you'll be surprised at how much line a 30lb striper or hybrid can take. Set your drag with a spring scale to about 1/4 the breaking strength of your line (i.e. 20lb line- drag set to 5lb) or slightly more, then leave it alone.

Best of all,, read as many articles on here as you can. Most of them are geared toward saltwater, but they'll generally apply to you as well.

Good luck out there!! Keep us posted on how you do!
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