"Striper Snatcher" scores with swimbaits May 7 at Lake Pleasant
April 15, 2015
May 8, 2015
A south wind of around 10-15 mph is folding and shoving flaps of water northbound.
That's where Derrick Franks the "Striper Snatcher" is headed -- the windblown, northern coves of this 9,500-acre lake just northwest of Phoenix.
Many Stripers had likely fed during a full moon on masses of creeping crawdads. But trolling choppy water that had ideal temperatures of 72-75 degrees, the schooling fish could still be targeted with 3 1/2-inch paddletail swimbaits on 1/4-ounce jigheads with 10-pound fluorocarbon line on ultralight spinning outfits:
Franks, a licensed professional fishing guide, dyes his clear paddle tail baits with these pink/purple/green hues to mimic the purple the Shad fry have been glowing. That said, for the next 2-3 months, he recommends throwing 2-inch swimbaits on 1/8-ounce jigheads -- the fry we spotted were around that size.
We trolled at about 2 mph.
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"The water temperature is starting to warm up," Franks said. "This lake has changed so much depth-wise this year. We're actually 8 feet higher than this time last year and that affects the water temperature significantly. So that delayed the spring-time pattern a bit."
All told, a party of three caught about 15 Stripers -- keeping 11 -- weighing up to 3 pounds. We fished from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (the full moon had not yet taken a peek at the lake.)
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