Hybrids Stripers in Indiana, Fall 2006
Hybrid striper fishing is good in Indiana right now. The chicken gizzard guys are pulling in the small fish left and right; so are the hot dog and the minnow fishermen, but they are finding mostly small fish. The trouble with small wipers is they taste like whatever they feed them in the nursery.
To get away from the smaller ones, we have to either troll or long cast. They are a spooky fish, so I prefer the long cast. I use a 9 foot long steelhead pole and a 5/8 oz. Slab Spoon mostly. I like it because the thing casts half way across the lake. When it is out, I sit still, whistle a tune, watch the ausprey diving for shad, and when I feel it hit bottom, I start my retrieve. The lure has to remain in contact with the bottom. If I feel one tapping, I reel faster, then stop reeling. Usually, as soon as I stop, they hit. Becuase I am fishing on the bottom, what hits is usually a 4 pounder or better, a fish in its teen years, and man can they fight! If you decide to keep one for the grill, the teens are much tastier than the small ones. A squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning, four minutes on each side and you're in business. If there are leftovers, mix it with relish and mayo and serve it with crackers or on bread.
For long casting, try an Acme Kastmaster in gold or nickle plate; a 5/8 ouncer will do it. I would also try a Bomber Slab Spoon of the same weight in chartreuse. Skit adding the red hooks--I don't think they add a thing to the lure and they are expensive.
So, what's working in your neck of the woods?
Keep Your Tip Top Up!