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F I S H I N G R E P O R T S:
Texoma, June 26, 2006

(Article supplied by Kevin Arnold)

On Friday, I saw Omar from had an opening on Texoma for Saturday evening and kicked a few emails around with him trying to decide if I wanted to fish Hubbard on my boat or take a trip up to Texoma. I had planned on taking my girlfriend, Anna, to go catch some schooling sandies on Ray Hubbard that Friday, but I found out she was going to have to work late and we wouldn't be able to make it on the water in time. As soon as I found that out, I called Omar and told him we would see him at 3:00pm on Texoma!

After the short drive up there from Dallas, we loaded up the boat and began to troll along a ridge using the infamous hellpet setup. We picked up a quick box fish but then after several uneventful passes, we headed to a different location. We all pulled slabs out and after showing Anna how to fish a slab, we all dropped ours to the bottom. Not 5 minutes later I hear the sound of drag coming off a reel and look over at Anna and she is holding on for life! I adjust her drag and lift her pole a bit and she did the rest! A few minutes later she had landed her biggest fish to date just minutes after using a slab for the first time! I was proud and she was happy!

We picked up more at that same general location and had many misses and several break offs. ( I broke one off on brand new 20 lb test line! ARG! ) A little later I pulled in this big guy with the help of Omar.

We fished this spot for a bit longer and quickly limited on overs and started looking for a smaller school. We found a school a little ways away and picked up a few box fish but most of the ones we were catching there were around 21 inches, so we had to move. I know its the correct thing to do, BUT IT SUCKS HAVING TO MOVE CAUSE YOU ARE CATCHING FISH THAT ARE TOO BIG !!!

We headed out to a different part of the lake and did some trolling. We picked up I think 1 more box fish and a bonus blue cat using the hellpet combo again.

We caught them schooling towards the end of the day, but it was VERY sporatic and quick. They would come up for 10-15 seconds and then disappear. It didnt matter if they were 200 yards out in the middle with no boats around, they would just explode then disappear. We tried for a while to catch them up top schooling and had a great time while doing it, picking up a few more for the box.

The main goal of the trip was to pickup some nice fish for the grill and to get Anna on some larger sized striper, and that was a slam dunk deal! Before the trip Anna had said she wasnt sure she would like fishing with a guide, but at the end she came up to me and said "This was much more fun than I expected!" I owe that to Omar and his fiance, they were a pleasure to fish with and made our trip that much better. I will remember for my lifetime the look on Anna's face when that first Striper started ripping drag and bending her pole over... it was priceless!

I promise I will meet up with Omar again here soon, but next time maybe on Tawakoni chasing 15 lb'ers!

E-mail me if I can be of any use or help to you in anyway.

Omar Cotter

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