I've been running trips on beautiful Skiatook Lake in Oklahoma. Live bait and cut bait are king here for hybrid-stripers. Some have told me you cannot catch these fish on slabs. I have to say Old Ugly by Johnny Stevens does work for hybrids and works well. The issue is in the technique. I have not caught a fish straight down on a lure here. I have not had a customer catch one on a slab...yet. I'm having to refine the technique, but it works. This water is very clear even with all the rain we've gotten and the fish tend to suspend more here than on other lakes. Cast Old Ugly out as far as possible and let it sink to the bottom or close to it. A quick hop up twice and then a fast paced hop and real motion to keep it from going back down to the bottom. I try and visualize it fluttering about 5 feet above the bottom. I'm fishing in water from 16-35ft deep right now. I'll try and cast at a 45 degree angle to the base of a drop off and run it at an angle up the ledge. This has been very successful lately. On my trips, I use bait, but will run to the front of the boat and cast a slab to hook up for customers. Some want to learn and give it a try...and I will get a customer soon to hook up on artificial. I can't stand someone telling me fish can't be caught a certain way. Catching hybrids with a slab is the example this time.
I have to hand it to Johnny. His slab has stood the test of time(he's old and so is the slab design) and they last...some I still use have caught hundreds of fish. The lake usually claims them before the slab is actually worn out.
FYI, I met Johnny at a sand bass tournament on Ray Roberts about 10 years ago. He talked my leg off and has become a very good friend.
Anyone who wants to come fish beautiful Skiatook Lake in Oklahoma(Tulsa area), give me a call/text or email. To buy Old Ugly, visit:http://www.johnnysguideservice.com/ole-ugly-slabs/
Hybrid-Striper example of Old Ugly at work
White Bass/Sand Bass example of Old Ugly Slab and Fly
Here are a few videos of Old Ugly in actionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_i4pSVl6Oohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaqkLOjuL4shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FrfQycnmikhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5S7Oolnq-4
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Here is an average fish. They are not endangered here. One fish per angler, two per year. Check out my website and/or Facebook page for more examples. www.lancesguideservice.comhttps://www.facebook.com/LancesGuideService