STR I P E RS
a Delta favorite for many anglers, especially when there’s a chop on the water.
The Little Stick is a traditional cigar-style bait in the same category as longtime favorites the Pencil Popper, Super Spook and Big Stik. Red White and shad patterns are the key for these type baits.
There are those of us looking for bigger bites and seriously have splash addictions. We have gone to BIG
Jig, preferably white; and, preferably with a back of chartreuse, dark green, dark blue or red saddle hackle tied in along each side, surrounding the bucktail.
Cast these jigs out over prime striper holding areas or where fish have swirled; then, begin a slow, steady retrieve. This imitates a shad slinking slowly along. Count down anywhere from three to 20 seconds to let the bait get in the strike zone for that
hand crafted wood baits. Our Dan’s Delta Mizers are
particular day or at the level where you see fish on the
rapidly gaining traction in the specialty striper market. depth finder.
Don’t jerk or twitch these lures. Simply reel
steadily. If strikes aren’t coming, try pausing part
way back and letting the jig sink for several
Other ways to attract stripers are casting Bucktail
seconds. Then, resume the retrieve.
Jigs and swimming shad bodies. If fish aren’t breaking
This will look like
on top, blind casting and retrieving lures on and
around the many shoals and current
flowing points can be productive.
Work spots where you’ve just
seen stripers breaking or structure
that would likely hold these fish in
winter. Often the best are south
facing points that get the
most warmth once
mid and low
will toss deep-
diving, elongated minnow plugs,
lipless crankbaits, blade lures or other
offerings. But over the years, I’ve
found nothing will beat a plain Bucktail