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    Lake Texoma striped bass

    I caught this 12lb+ striped bass this past Sunday on my 1988 23' Donzi center console fishing boat, but she was full of eggs so I let it go. Fun day!
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    1990 23' Warlock Offshore - single 525HP
    Bill from Denison, TX - Lake Texoma

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    Here is a fairly good picture of the Donzi taken from my Phantom quadrotor drone.
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    1971 Donzi 18' 2+3
    1985 Eliminator 23' Daytona Offshore - Kevlar hull
    1988 23' Donzi CC F-23 with 250HP EFI Mercury OB
    1989 28' Team Warlock Offshore - single 548CID/600HP
    1990 23' Warlock Offshore - single 525HP
    Bill from Denison, TX - Lake Texoma

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    that is one pretty fish! .... our Rockfish (striped bass) season in Maryland begins next Saturday, April 18th - one of the tastiest fish by far (in my opinion)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardcrab View Post
    that is one pretty fish! .... our Rockfish (striped bass) season in Maryland begins next Saturday, April 18th - one of the tastiest fish by far (in my opinion)
    I agree about them being a good eating fish. I personally put them just slightly lower on the fish tastometer than a Walleye, but very close.

    1971 Donzi 18' 2+3
    1985 Eliminator 23' Daytona Offshore - Kevlar hull
    1988 23' Donzi CC F-23 with 250HP EFI Mercury OB
    1989 28' Team Warlock Offshore - single 548CID/600HP
    1990 23' Warlock Offshore - single 525HP
    Bill from Denison, TX - Lake Texoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conquistador_del_mar View Post
    I agree about them being a good eating fish. I personally put them just slightly lower on the fish tastometer than a Walleye, but very close.

    I am currently mixing Wasabi & soy sauce to dip my tuna ...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardcrab View Post
    I am currently mixing Wasabi & soy sauce to dip my tuna ...............
    I've never tried that combination, but I presume it is tasty.
    My wife and I went out yesterday and I caught this slightly larger 14 pound striped bass which fought all the way. It took close to 10 minutes to net it, but I again let it go. I then flew my drone from the boat for the first time to get some pictures of all the birds on our local sand islands.
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    1971 Donzi 18' 2+3
    1985 Eliminator 23' Daytona Offshore - Kevlar hull
    1988 23' Donzi CC F-23 with 250HP EFI Mercury OB
    1989 28' Team Warlock Offshore - single 548CID/600HP
    1990 23' Warlock Offshore - single 525HP
    Bill from Denison, TX - Lake Texoma

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    you're killin' me! - Next week is Trophy Rockfish season - if they're of size, they're in the cooler!

    BTW: soy & wasabi for fresh raw tuna

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardcrab View Post
    you're killin' me! - Next week is Trophy Rockfish season - if they're of size, they're in the cooler!

    BTW: soy & wasabi for fresh raw tuna
    How long do they have to be to be keepers? We once hired a fishing guide at Martha's Vineyard and I had to let go what would be a huge fresh water striped bass due to it being an inch too short.

    1971 Donzi 18' 2+3
    1985 Eliminator 23' Daytona Offshore - Kevlar hull
    1988 23' Donzi CC F-23 with 250HP EFI Mercury OB
    1989 28' Team Warlock Offshore - single 548CID/600HP
    1990 23' Warlock Offshore - single 525HP
    Bill from Denison, TX - Lake Texoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conquistador_del_mar View Post
    How long do they have to be to be keepers? We once hired a fishing guide at Martha's Vineyard and I had to let go what would be a huge fresh water striped bass due to it being an inch too short.
    This years creel in Maryland inland waters :
    April 18 thru May 15 - 1 fish per person / day, 28"-36" or over 40"

    May 16 thru Dec 15 - 2 fish per person / day, 20" min. - only one over 28"

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardcrab View Post
    This years creel in Maryland inland waters :
    April 18 thru May 15 - 1 fish per person / day, 28"-36" or over 40"

    May 16 thru Dec 15 - 2 fish per person / day, 20" min. - only one over 28"
    Dang! Are they so limited that they enforce such a low take? Here on Lake Texoma, there is a limit of 10 with 2 over 20" - might be one over 20" come to think of it. We have more fishing guides here than any other lake in Texas due to the popularity of going for stripers.

    1971 Donzi 18' 2+3
    1985 Eliminator 23' Daytona Offshore - Kevlar hull
    1988 23' Donzi CC F-23 with 250HP EFI Mercury OB
    1989 28' Team Warlock Offshore - single 548CID/600HP
    1990 23' Warlock Offshore - single 525HP
    Bill from Denison, TX - Lake Texoma

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    When I was a kid - it was a 12" min and no limit.
    The population dropped way down as the water quality dropped due to sediment/runoff, pesticides, storms - floodwaters ect. Seaweed was wiped out, depleting oxygen in the water.
    There was even a spell banning harvest of rockfish for a few years. Luckily there was a good run of bluefish (which I like too)

    Big efforts to correct the ills has paid off and the bay is looking pretty good (my opinion, not what the DNR says) - fishing was excellent last year. Crabs and oysters still need time commercially, but recreational harvest ain't bad

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