Saturday 10-6 Oct 7, 2012 22:13:29 GMT -5
Post by sharkslayer on Oct 7, 2012 22:13:29 GMT -5
My sons were in a youth bass tournamnet out of Parkway Marina this weekend. That gave the wife and myself the chance to do some striper fishing. We went in out of some coves and creeks on that end of the lake. Started out looking for bait, but really never found the size I wanted, but finally settled on some that were on the small side. Those were in 20 fow. I then rode around trying to mark some fish. I struggled marking any but around noon one of my sons called and said that they were fishing Craddock and that they was some nice size bait in there. I ran up there and found some faily decent size bait. I ran some free and some light lines. We pretty much immediately started catching white bass on the light lines. After about 2 hours we caught a couple decent stripers around 10 pounds. About 30 minutes before we needed to be back at the marina to meet the boys I told the wife I was going to make one more pass near the bank because some shad was getting blown up near the bank. While I was teaching the wife how to run the i-pilot with the remote she tells me that one of the light lines is out to the side of the boat. I pick it up, reel it up and know immediately it was a big fish. This thing came running right to the boat and decides to go right under the boat and is ripping drag. Here I am with half the rod in the water trying to keep from putting to much pressure on him and yelling at the wife to get the trolling motor up. She has no clue how, so I am fighting the fish and explaining to her how to get the motor up. She gets it about 2 feet out of the water and tells me the line is around it. She holds the motor up while I reach down and get the line unwrapped. The fish again goes on a nice little run. Now I can put some pressure on him. I got him near the boat and realized it was real nice. She netted on the 1st swing. I get it in the boat weigh it, put it back in and baby it, but it pretty much took off as soon as I put it back. My biggest striper ever. 35 pounds. It was a great fight and couldn't have done it without the boss lady.