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Been having a blast this past month catching some big hybrid striped bass (wipers). These fish have ranged from about 13 up to 19 pounds, and our state record is 22. Hoping if they survive the winter for one more year that I'll get lucky in 2016. Here are a few pics of some of them...

 

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Those are some pigs right there.  Nice looking healthy fish.

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Such Cooling Fish ~ 

 

Congrats

 

A-Jay

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Congrats on those trophies!

Jeff

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13-19lb wipers are really quality fish. Congrats. 

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Solid Wipers!I love catching those fish.

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Nice fish. I hope some of the smaller ones are tucked in the deep freeze for a winter of fresh fish. 

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Some hogs there and serious pullage too. Whats the favorite baits.

Why  do you mention surviving. Is it freeze out  or life expectancy.

C22

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Some hogs there and serious pullage too. Whats the favorite baits.

Why  do you mention surviving. Is it freeze out  or life expectancy.

C22

 

Large jerkbaits and soft plastic swimbaits are what I've caught most on. One or two on jigging spoon and smaller tubes. Life expectancy is my concern. These fish were stocked in 2007, so they are already 8 years old, unless there was a backcross somewhere. Most everybody typically pins the average lifespan at 5-6 years, much more similar to their white bass side of lineage.

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Huge! Great catches!

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I have caught a few in the 8-10# range and they are beasts. I have never caught anything that pulls harder pound for pound. Great job! I hope they last another year so you have a shot at a record fish.

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Been having a blast this past month catching some big hybrid striped bass (wipers). These fish have ranged from about 13 up to 19 pounds, and our state record is 22. Hoping if they survive the winter for one more year that I'll get lucky in 2016. Here are a few pics of some of them...

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I believe we may be in the same area. May I be so bold as to ask which body of water these hogs came from? PM if you'd prefer to keep it off the open board.

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Those are monsters! I'm still trying for my first DD wiper. I've come close twice but still haven't managed to reach that mark. 

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There huge! What setup are using to catch them?

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There huge! What setup are using to catch them?

 

These most recent ones have almost all been caught on heavy baitcasting gear (Denali 7'4" XHvy w/Shimano Castaic and 16# Toray SH fluoro) throwing swimbaits and large soft plastics. I've been fortunate to be properly geared to handle these more recent fish, but you still pretty much just hang on for the first minute or two hoping they don't take you somewhere bad.

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I've had a couple bigger ones in the 8-9 pound range the last few weeks on medium spinning tackle (only way to get the bait to them), and it really is just hold on and hope they don't get into something for the first couple minutes. Ideally I get them where I can follow them with the boat but they never seem to want to play along with my plan. 

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I've had a couple bigger ones in the 8-9 pound range the last few weeks on medium spinning tackle (only way to get the bait to them), and it really is just hold on and hope they don't get into something for the first couple minutes. Ideally I get them where I can follow them with the boat but they never seem to want to play along with my plan. 

 

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When I first started figuring out the pattern I was walleye fishing with spinning gear and 8# fluoro. You knew immediately what you hooked and there was nothing you could do about it. Even when I thought I was clear of the flat and its isolated cover, I had one take me down into 26' of water and hang me on some trash. Fortunately I got that one in along with a few others on the spinning gear. Really don't like hooking them on gear that light because it simply prolongs the fight, and these guys won't give up until they exert themselves to death (literally). Much happier now that I've dialed in the pattern better and can use heavier gear to fight them. Only takes a few minutes now (3-5) in most cases, and I feel a lot better about their chances of survival, especially with the colder water temps. I recorded 14 DD wipers this year, and to the best of my knowledge, every one survived after release. Much too special a fish to see one floating after a prolonged fight.

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