Hybrid striped bass PB, NE Oklahoma

esgeo

over 40 victim of fate
Feb 12, 2015
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Tulsa, OK
Name
Eric
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Feelfree Lure 11.5
I picked up a kayak last year when I realized getting on a plane to go offshore fishing was going to be a no go for awhile. I had very little experience fishing reservoirs before moving to Oklahoma, but it is turning out to be a pretty good distraction. All of Oklahoma’s lakes are impoundments of the various tributaries of the Mississippi, but there is some topography so there are lots of rocky shorelines and some deeper channels- not just mud bottomed lakes. I mostly fished for crappie last year, but one day I was retrieving a little soft tailed jig across some structure and got picked up by something that started dragging the boat around (on 6lb test). It came unbuttoned after a couple minutes but the experience totally changed my understanding of fishing freshwater.

Today I got redemption (on 8 lb!) actually after a windy morning with no bites and about 3 jigs broken off on submerged timber or rocks, i was headed back to the ramp and decided to cast at a small point that has some rocky outcrops coming to the water edge. I was fishing a brownish shad shallow crankbait that I had been trolling and trying with no success throughout the day. I put a couple casts right against the rocks (maybe 2 ft of water dropping off gradually to about 20 where my kayak was) and had a strike that didn’t stick. I fired back at the same spot and got bumped again and then the rod loaded up good. The fish swam out towards me and under the kayak and was ripping drag as it started to tow me around. I wasn’t really sure what it was- the water was cold (55) and brown today so I didn’t get to see what it was until right before it hit the net. Female hybrid striped bass, weighed 4 lbs 9 oz on the kitchen scale, great fight on a 4-8# rod and Daiwa BG 1500!
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hucklongfin

Deep release specialist
Jul 3, 2003
9,402
7,644
Mission Viejo
Name
MarkT
Boat
Blazer Bay 1860
What lake were you in? My son lives outside of Claremore. He moved there 7 months ago from Tulsa.
 
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Birch lake, about 35 miles north-northwest of Tulsa. Small enough that it’s a pretty kayak friendly lake, but decent diversity (I’ve caught/seen black bass, catfish, crappie, hybrids, gar). Your son has a lot of close options from Claremore if he likes to fish.
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hucklongfin

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Jul 3, 2003
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Mission Viejo
Name
MarkT
Boat
Blazer Bay 1860
My son has Claremore and Oologah closer than going all the way over to Birch. He has an inflatable kayak and was planning on getting a jon boat or something like that for the lakes. I think the only lake I've been to there is Keystone back when he was still in Tulsa. I fished the Arkansas below Keystone dam too.
 
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