Wipers, Stripers, and Crazy Catfish! (Part 1)
by: Shane DuBois 7/15/2013
My new found honey hole has been treating myself and the Travado Short Lip by Dynamic Lures, very nicely! While I still haven't had much time to fish, I have made the most of my time I have found fishing my new honey hole!
My new honey hole is located below Kaw Lake, which is about 17,000 surface acres, and the Arkansas River is what it empties into. This is the same Arkansas River that Pueblo empties into, so it is kind of like my own little piece of Colorado flowing through Oklahoma. Sounds corny, I know, but it is what is! The water fluctuates below the dam quite frequently with water levels often changing 6-12 feet in a matter of days. Lately the water has been lower than what I have fished so far, and the fishing has been the best for me so far as well!
The first day of lower water fishing gave me the chance to really break in Dynamics to Oklahoma, and I chose to use the Travado Short Lip in the Glimmer Trout pattern, to find my first (fish) victim! It only took a few casts before something nice slammed the lure! After a brief 5 minute fight, and with the help of my Frabill Tear Drop Trout Net
, I landed my first striper, coming in at around 5 pounds! Now don't let the name of the net fool you, they are a pretty good sized net, and are great for river fishing, or for use in a small boat or kayak type of situation. The net material is the nice rubber mesh, which makes hook retrieval easy, and is easier on the fish, and their protective skin coating (fish slime). Also for around $20, they are a reasonably priced for a good quality net. As you can see the net, even though it is a smaller handled net, has plenty of depth for larger fish. (Pictured in use below)
That was the first of many fish caught that day, the biggest being a chunky 6 pound wiper (hybrid as they are called in OK) and many other fish in the 4lb range were caught. I caught sand bass, wiper, striper, and even a few gar on a few different colors of the Travado (firecraw, holofoil gold, holofoil silver, glimmer trout). The fish are pictured below in the collages!
Part 2 will go over my 3rd trip to honey hole, where I caught some unexpected fish on jerk baits, and Liz decided to get in on the fishing action! Part 2 will be posted here within a day or two!
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Browns Hunter, CO 7/15/2013 1:03:01 PM
Shane, Recon, been enjoying your pictures that you've been posting on FaceBook. Looks really nice! And, some of the trips you've already made to the tournaments also are great! Best wishes to you and Liz... is Liz gonna keep complaining about the wedding plans?
KingFisher13, CO 7/15/2013 3:02:37 PM
So jealous! Great catches Shane!
fom, CO 7/15/2013 3:21:54 PM
Shane I love that part of the country, that is near where I'm from.
Shane DuBois (reconfisher), CO 7/16/2013 5:58:57 AM
Oh I'm sure she will, just how women are I guess! haha I am currently down in Russelville, AR for the High School Fishing World Finals which runs all week long, should be a fun event! Kevin, it's not as bad as I thought it would be, which is a good thing! and Thanks Kingfisher!
JKaboom, CO 7/19/2013 12:25:45 PM
Very cool Shane - I am glad you are having a good time and getting some fishing in too :)