Brandon works Savage Gear 3D Real Trout Swimbait
in the morning
I think between
all of us on that boat we must have slept a total of 6 hours, we were all
itching to fish. On this trip we would be guided by Capt. Ron and Phill Jaynes
of One Eyed Striper Fishing, one of the top guiding outfits in the region. Capt.
Ron grew up on this water and while other guides target multiple species Ron
focuses only on the Stripers. Captain Ron was the 2004 NSBA Region 3 Champion
and 2007 SBCC National Champion, excellent credentials for a Striper guide.
Phill is an expert in big baits and Ronís right hand in the operation. The first
day Cal and I were in one boat with Phill and Brandon and Mike were in a second
boat with Captain Ron.
The new Savage gear 3D Line Thru Trout swimbait
makes use of nylon mesh reinforcement and a top hook design that includes a
sleeve to prevent the hook from damaging the bait
We had the
option to target the Stripers using various methods including running bait on
planer boards or tossing big baits, and of course we wanted to start things off
with option two, so we tied on the Savage Gear 3D Line-Thru and 3D Real Trout
and started slinging. Cal was right at home being a seasoned big bait angler,
while I on the other hand was perfectly comfortable tossing the smaller sizes.
It didnít take long for us to start getting chasers but getting them to commit
was more challenging than we expected.
The new Komodo 350 size reel is designed to
handle big baits and big fish including Stripers, Musky and Salmon
morning we all got drenched by the rain and Cal and I just couldnít seem to dial
in the right retrieve. I know how to catch Stripers on the Delta but these fish
had me completely puzzled. We had a handful of chasers but no solid commits.
ďThe fish donít like the small baits here, you probably want to upsize,Ē Phill
explained. It sounded counter intuitive but if there is one thing Iíve learned
is if you want to catch fish on a body of water you know next to nothing about
then it is a really good idea to trust your guide. So I went bigger, a lot
Casting those big baits was easy with the EVx
bait we had tied on was the eight inch Savage Gear Line Thru and we primarily
started fishing the twelve inch Real Trout and one of our favorites, a massive
12Ē custom hard bodied Mike Bucca Bull Shad. The 8 inch bait weighs 4oz. and the
11 inch moderate sink swimbait weighs in at a whopping 9.5oz., which can do a
real number on your arms and shoulders when making all those casts, but we were
both surprised how well the Okuma EVx Muskie Rod was handling the big baits,
especially considering this stick retails for only 135 bucks! The extra length
in the handle provided that additional leverage to really catapult these baits
both accurately and far enough to hit the shore. Phill explained that right now
the Stripers were holding real tight to shore and we needed to literally park
these swimbaits right on the bank.
Brandon pounds the bank with the 3D Trout
It didnít take
too long for me to get another chaser and this one swiped at my bait but didnít
get hooked. It left me shaking, it was the biggest and fattest striper I have
ever seen, and Phil estimates it somewhere between 30-40 pounds. That is the
kind of quality that Lake Ouachita offers.
Brandon lands a nice 20lb Striper