Video fishing report: Lake Pleasant striped bass
The striped bass bite is hot at Lake Pleasant. On Saturday afternoon and night, I hit the water with Barry Worman, moderator of the Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page.
Conditions included spawning striper, partly cloudy skies and a waning third-quarter moon that made for an especially dark night (and excellent results using submersible lights) and water temperatures that peaked at 66 degrees.
This bite should remain hot for another 2-3 weeks.
See a recap:
Some striper tactics
- Chummin’ with ‘chovies. The best success was chumming and baiting with frozen anchovies using dropshot rigs and No. 6 baitholder hooks. A double swivel connecting the backing line to the rig is crucial to keep the bait from tangling during a striper fight.
- Anchoring on a featureless bottom. As with most of our desert impoundments, there’s a lack of structure on the bottom of Lake Pleasant. This can make for problems staying anchored in the wind (it was a somewhat windy day) and remaining on top of a school of actively feeding striper. Fortunately, as we fished near the bottom of 60- to 80-feet of water during the night, stripers were feeding so fervently that they followed our submersible light and the plankton it attracted. This plankton attracts shad, which attracts the striper. It’s setting the food chain in action.
- To each striper his own bite. There are typically three types of striper bites. One is a straight pull. Another involves the striper raising the bait upward and creating slack in the line; with this bite, reel in the slack and set the hook. The final bite, which accounted for about 95 percent of our hook-ups, was the “tap-tap-tap” type of bite. The key was to be patient and NOT set the hook until there was a prolonged succession of taps, or one steady pull.
The end game: a wild harvest
The harvest, in this author’s opinion, is about the best part of the trip. Around 11:30 p.m., I fried up some striper (twice washed in egg and dusted in white flour), and then sprinkled with salt and pepper. Some baked beans and buttered toast on the side helped make for a great night’s sleep.