51# Striper, Willow Beach

Fishrdan

3# carp VS 40# striper
Nov 10, 2005
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Dan
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18' Crestliner Superhawk, 14' Tracker "Fish Git' RRR"
Yes it was a good morning!



I got out to the river at 3am and pitched plugs for an hour with little sign. I decided to troll around to see if I could find any life. Right at gray light this monster took my plug and fought for a good 15 minutes. 51.26#, my best and the biggest caught out of Willow Beach this year! Caught this striper with a 6.5' 20-50 tuna rod, Corvalus 400, 65# spectra, short topshot of 40# mono and a home made lure.



Look at the gut on the fish, HUGE! I've caught a few 40# stripers that were about the same length, but this one is girthy.

About 20 minutes later I had another hit in the same area, but all I felt on the rod was a few head shakes and it was gone.

All in all, the best 4 hours of fishing I have had in a long time!
 

Mstonefish

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Feb 6, 2003
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That is a fish of a lifetime right there.......beautiful catch. On a homemade lure to boot, too cool!
 

mercerm

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That thing is a fucking pig!! Congrats!!!
 

jesse

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Oh man thats a nice fish.. not too many of those being caught:D:D

muy bueno...
 

Capt. G

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Outstanding fish! Outstanding catch! The difference--to get that beautiful fish in on such light line is a feat in itself. There are alot of submurged trees, especially downriver from Willow Beach and the stripers love to run into them when hooked.
Way to go...
 

fishincrazy

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Jun 21, 2005
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You might want to start mass producing that lure you used...I will buy one!

Thanks for the report.
 

scorch

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WOW!!! Congratulations!!! Very nice. I used to fish there all the time when I lived in Vegas. Long time ago. Back in the mid 70's. Pulled a 10lb LMB out of there one time and a bunch of trout. Didn't even know they put stripers in there. BZ!
 

dbar

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Nice fish........NOW lets see what you made to get that sucker to bite!!!!!
 

The Notorious S.U.A

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is willow beach just north of needles? i dont need the exact spot i was just wondering.
 

Fishrdan

3# carp VS 40# striper
Nov 10, 2005
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18' Crestliner Superhawk, 14' Tracker "Fish Git' RRR"
There are alot of submurged trees, especially downriver from Willow Beach and the stripers love to run into them when hooked.
Yep, I used to think 40# was overkill until I lost several fish & plugs wrapped up in a tree or sawed off on rocks. I still cast 25# hoping I don't loose a good one...

On a homemade lure to boot, too cool!
Here's a low resolution pic (sorry,, gotta keep some things under wraps) 14" long lure...

Big lure = big fish!



whats the lake record?
68# I believe

What state is Willow Beach??
Below Hoover Dam on the AZ-NV border, an hour east of Las Vegas.
 

Albacrazy

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Sep 24, 2006
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Damn Dan! Nice fish brutha. Sounds like the Fish Git'r is livin up to her name. Congrats on a fish of a lifetime. You gonna have her mounted? I know a good taxedermist in Vegas if you're looking for one...
 

Fishrdan

3# carp VS 40# striper
Nov 10, 2005
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Dan
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18' Crestliner Superhawk, 14' Tracker "Fish Git' RRR"
You might want to start mass producing that lure you used
That thought ran across my mind,,, about a few thousand times :D The lure has 1 fragile section that I wouldn't want to sell to the public, so unless I figure something out I won't sell them.

Didn't even know they put stripers in there.
The stripers got in Lake Mohave when Hoover Dam went over the spill gates in the mid-80's. It ruined the awesome trout fishery, but look at the striper fishery they have now.
 

Fishrdan

3# carp VS 40# striper
Nov 10, 2005
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Vegas Baby!
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Dan
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18' Crestliner Superhawk, 14' Tracker "Fish Git' RRR"
Hey Drew,

I was thinking of having it mounted but already have a 40#er mounted, same length just not as fat.

What taxidermist were you thinking of, I had Great Basin do my other mount, turned out nice.
 

Capt. G

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is willow beach just north of needles? i dont need the exact spot i was just wondering.
Willow Beach is no secret spot. Look on the map below Hoover Dam. There is a launch ramp, and boat rental, tackle shop, etc.
A great place to get a severe sunburn.
Oh, and there are a lot of stripped bass there also. Even a few dumb enought to eat my lures...DSC00887.JPG

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I must say that they are the fattest strippers I have ever seen...:oinker:
 

A-Fishy-Nado

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Outstanding u are the man!!!!!!!!!
 

26grumpy

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Big - o - striper right there boys !!! Congrats
 

WreckinBall

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Oct 18, 2004
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Awesome, Hamilton! Totally awesome! :appl:

On your own plug, no less. That's cool as hell.
 

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Fuck Yeah Dan, thats a cow.

Congratulations. Huge! Great fish!
 

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WMDcustoms
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Lesson learned: be there when they bite. On the water at 3am and done by 7am. You have inspired me. I need to step up.