Lake Texoma to host final regular season event for COSTA FLW Series

Lake Texoma to host final regular season event for COSTA FLW Series

Denison Texas | September 17, 2017

As many as 400 pros and co-anglers are set to compete in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event at Lake Texoma, Sept. 21-23. The tournament, which is presented by Frabill, is the third and final regular-season event scheduled in the FLW Series Southwestern Division. Hosted by the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce, anglers will be competing for a top award of up to $40,000 in cash and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

“Lake Texoma should be fishing pretty good for a late September tournament,” said FLW Tour pro Andrew Upshaw, who finished in 11th place when the FLW Series last visited Lake Texoma in 2015. “We didn’t get too much of the nasty weather from the hurricanes, so the lake levels will be normal and we’re going to have a fun tournament.

“You’re going to see the typical fall patterns in this one,” Upshaw continued. “It will be junk fishing 101. A lot of guys will be fishing docks or throwing topwater baits, fishing in the backs of creeks. The fish don’t replenish great this time of year, so covering a lot of water and having a lot of different patterns going on will be the key.”

Upshaw said that he expects his key baits will be a Bill Lewis StutterStep 4.0 and a Rat-L-Trap.

“Rat-L-Traps are always great in the fall,” Upshaw said. “I downsize to ¼-ounce and throw a chrome and black if it’s sunny or a white one if it’s cloudy.
“I think to make the top-10 cut and fish the final day it’s going to take 22 to 24 pounds,” Upshaw went on to say. “I think the winner will likely have a three-day total of 45 to 47 pounds.”

Anglers will take off from the Highport Marina, located at 120 Texoma Harbor Drive, in Pottsboro, at 7 a.m. CDT each day. Weigh-ins will be held at the marina each day beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce.

In Costa FLW Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event. At Lake Texoma pros will fish for as much as $40,000 and a Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard if Ranger Cup qualified. Co-anglers will cast for a Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard, and an additional $5,000 if Ranger Cup qualified.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2017 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 2-4 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 258 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.

Source:  | Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations, FishingWorld.com

Lake Texoma HOT Summer Fishing!

The June fishing on Lake Texoma has been great, and I expect July fishing will be hot as well! Big fish and good box fish are roaming around and a ton of fun to catch on slabs. Big slabs been working best to keep the “dinks” off the hook.

Early mornings should begin with some schooling top water action over deeper water as these fish began to group into large schools for the summer. These fish can be caught with small top water plugs or rattle baits casted out into the boiling water. They can literally pop up just about anywhere so watch for splashing and keep an eye open for the Blue Herons or the Great Egrets hovering over deep water. These birds are some of the best fish finders on the lake and will lead you in the right direction. Just keep in mind as you approach these schooling fish that running engines will tend to scare them off, so coast in quietly or use your trolling motor to sneak in for the attack!

Nice Limit!

Another great method for catching these fish when they are not “schooled up” is dropping slab spoons through schools of Striper and Sandbass. Once you have located a large school using your fish finder, drop a 2 to 3 ounce slab down through the school.

A Beast!

A bait casting reel works great for this method because you can keep your thumb on the line spool as the slab spoon descends through the school of fish and if a strike is detected you can stop the spool with your thumb and set the hook at the same time. If your slab spoon makes it through the school without a bite, simply reel it back up as fast as you can and get ready as these fish will aggressively hit a fast-moving spoon. White, green, and blue are my favorite slab colors; or a combination of those colors seem to work great most of the time.

The Big One!
10 pounder!
Line Stretcher!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice 12 pounder!!!

With the summer comes the heat, and it is very important to keep your catch cold in the cooler. I typically use three 2 gallon blocks of ice in my 120 quart cooler. This will keep 30 to 60 fish very cold for up to six hours. If you’re going to be on the water much longer than that please bring plenty of ice to keep your fish cold. The colder you can get your fish, the better they will taste, I promise you!

Good luck out there, and be safe! I’ll see you all on the water!
Capt. Stephen Andre’
Striper Hunter Guide Service
972-816-6000

Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer Randy White Fishes Lake Texoma to Benefit North Texas Children

#54 Randy White loves Football, Fishing, and Philanthropy. He joined with Striper Express Guide Service and auction winner Ken McDonald to benefit The Warren Center, a Dallas non-profit serving children with developmental disorders.

Randy White with Captain Chris

Ken McDonald Jr. and dad Ken Sr. enjoyed a day fishing Lake Texoma while talking football with Cowboy’s Hall of Fame legend Randy White. The McDonalds also aided an area children’s charity while doing it.

White donated a day of his time to benefit the non-profit Warren Center of Dallas, Texas. Ken McDonald Jr. made the substantial winning bid for Randy’s day during the Center’s Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night. The Warren Center provides support, early childhood intervention, and therapy services for North Texas children with developmental challenges.

“My wife Tanya and I love the Warren Center and the work they do for children. When the annual fundraiser auction included a fishing charter with Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy Randy White, it was a no-brainer,” Ken exclaimed. “The first class work by Captain Chris Carey with Striper Express Guide Service was the icing on the cake. We caught upwards of 100 fish.”

Captain Chris Carey of Striper Express Guide Service described his celebrity guest, “Randy White is down to earth, a pleasure to be with, and a great fisherman. Randy entertained the entire group with football story after football story.”

Big fans of the Dallas Cowboys, Ken Jr. and his father celebrate the same birthday and both enjoy fishing.

Ken Sr. was the most successful angler of the day, both in size of catch and number of fish landed. “This was an awesome experience. Fishing with Randy White, and watching my dad kick our butts all day long,” Ken Jr. said.

About Striper Express Guide Service: Striper Express Guide Service, LLC provides World Class striper fishing charters on Lake Texoma. They specialize in groups, entertaining clients, and team building events. Captain Chris and his crew offer action-packed, value-based and awesome fishing experiences. Their niche is using artificial top-water lures with “the thrill of the hunt” style fishing to actively stalk their prey. Learn more by visiting http://www.striperexpress.com or call 903-786-4477.

About The Warren Center: More information about the Center, its work, and how to donate is available at https://www.thewarrencenter.org/.

Contact
Bill Carey – Owner, Striper Express Guide Service
903-786-4477
[email protected]

Lake Texoma Fishing Report May 2017

Lake Texoma Fishing Report May 2017

Lake Texoma May 2017 Fishing Report

The fishing on Lake Texoma has been wonderful this Spring and the Summer bite should be great as well!!

I’ve been catching them from 3 to 35 feet of water either on swimbaits or slabs. Recently the swimbait bite has been best for me for the 15-19 inch Striper as well as the bigger 10-13 lb striper!  Slabs will give you great action with some smaller fish as well!

Striper and Sand Bass are returning from the spawn daily and will be extremely hungry and cruising points, ledges, and chasing bait up onto the flats to fill their bellies. The Sand Bass will pile up on points with deep water access and will be easy to find with your electronics.

Good limit of Stripers!

You can either drift over these points or anchor up and expect some fast action bouncing slabs off the bottom or reeling them up fast through a thicker school. The striped bass will be cruising deepwater ledges searching for an easy meal. Using your electronics, scan these ledges and locate  a cluster of fish. Stop and drift the ledge and fish using slabs bounced off the bottom or heavy deepwater swim baits slow rolled just above the bottom to catch you some big, hungry, line stripping Striper!

Striper and Sandbass!

As the water continues to warm the schooling size striped bass (box fish fewer than 20 inches) will form large schools and cruise open deepwater chasing bait. A good method for catching these open deepwater fish is using heavy slabs and dropping them down through the school and then reeling them back up as fast as possible through the schools of Striper. We call this “rippin’ slabs”! This technique can be very effective on deepwater schools.

Big fish are roaming around!
Big Fish!

Sometimes these fish hit so hard while you’re rippin’ it will almost yank the fishing rod right out of your hand! Often times the larger Striper won’t be in these large deepwater schools of box fish; they often like to cruise around in smaller groups or even by themselves, so don’t be afraid to look around away from all the boats and outside the main schools of Striper for some of these bigger fish.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sand Bass and Striper will also chase bait from deepwater up onto some of the numerous flats on Lake Texoma. They will chase this bait up into as shallow as 10 feet of water. Watch for schooling fish on the surface, or seagulls diving, or also keep an eye out for the large blue herons hovering over the water. These blue herons are some of the best fish finders on the lake…Don’t ever ignore them!! Always have a good pair of binoculars on board your boat to help you out.

It will be a Super Summer on our great Lake Texoma!  Come on out and rent a cabin, camp out, rent a boat or CALL ME and come on out and enjoy everything Lake Texoma has to offer!

To learn more about me and the way I catch fish, check it out here…

http://www.texomastriperhunter.com/about/

 

Best of luck and I’ll see y’all out there!

Capt. Stephen Andre’

Striper Hunter Guide Service

www.texomastriperhunter.com

Call or Text 972-816-6000

Toll free 888-8TEXOMA

 

 

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report by Jerry Dorsey

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report - Jerry Dorsey

Lake Texoma | April 29, 2017

March and April not my favorite time for fishing stripers on Lake Texoma.  It’s always cold and windy.  But it is a wonderful time for spring break, flowers blooming, and beautiful sunrises.

Then it’s time to head to the boat dressed in winter, 100 MPH foul weather gear, and nice warm underwear.  It’s just part of the gear for those in a boat, running 35 MPH across a lake for Stripers!  I have long known, 23 years guiding on Lake Texoma, that this was the drill, and have been in 23-degree cold factor weather, and the fish don’t know that!    When I drop anything down that resembles food, Bam, all thoughts of weather disappear, almost.   Fish this time of 2017, early part of spring, are somewhat smaller as the big bad babies are sunning in the creeks, having babies.  Kind of has a ring to it, don’t it?   Anyway, the joy of leaving the docks, with whatever is your method, is exciting, and challenging.

All thoughts of weather are diminished by conversation, and the thrill of being away from work, school, or whatever.   23 years of this guiding has let me enjoy the beautiful sky’s, great fishing, conversations with new and old customers who love to fish!    I can’t think of anything better I could have decided to do than Guiding on Lake Texoma, the Striper capital of the world!   Oh yes, the Lake Texoma early spring fishing report.

Lake Texoma early spring fishing report Now days, your guess is as good as mine, relative to size, but you’re going to catch fish, and lots of them, at least with CrossCreek Guide Service.   I fish mainly with artificial (umbrella rigs) trolling for big fish, and bait for helping to get a limit of 10 fish per person, 2 of them over 20 inches.   Better days I catch so many overs, I am constantly throwing them back until I get that box fish of under 20 inches fish.    I charge $300 for two people, and $100 thereafter, cause I am worth it.   Not to mention, I am full of something lots of people call entertaining.   Call it what you like.   I clean and red meat your catch, bag them for eating, the way I clean mine to eat.   I am in a boathouse at Little Mineral Resort, and you can see more of me on Facebook and my website, (being updated) www.striperfish.com.  Jerry Dorsey is my name, but most call me JD.    903-786-3981.   One picture, oh maybe two…  Hope to hear from you soon!

 

Jerry "JD" DorseyAuthor

Jerry “JD” Dorsey has been a professional fishing guide on Lake Texoma for 23 years.  His friendly, down home style and his perchance for “telling it like it is” makes hima an all time favorite fishing guide and author.  Contact him at 903-786-3981 to book your next Lake Texoma fishing trip.