Calling all fish

June 14, 2014

Water temperatures are rising and many striper/sand bass folks use some kind of calling technique to get fish to come to the boat.

You can use many different calling methods at different times of the year to attempt to call in fish. From jigging a spoon to what I use most of the time, thrashing the water with my rod tip to mimic feeding.

Opportunistic predators may come in and take a look, see your live or artificial bait offering, and the rest is history. This will work for most every predator species.

There was a term that was used previously for “calling in the fish.” This was called the “power attraction factor” means of bringing on the bite. Whatever you want to call it, the principal is simple: stir the curiosity of the fish with a noise.

Buzzbaits, topwater baits, spinners, rattles etc. have always performed well in calling the fish in. Most crankbait anglers know that you are more likely to get a strike if you can bump structure or stir up the bottom while retrieving the bait.

Carolina rigging relies on a “clicking” of the weight against a bead to entice a bite. The other types of noise, such as splashing the water or beating the boat is usually where the skepticism comes in.

There is even new electronic equipment on the market that has some engineered sounds.

Many predators such as the hybrid striped bass are curious and opportunistic critters, and they will come in to see what all the fuss is about. Yes, there are certain times that stealth is extremely important, but as the summer rolls in, “calling them in” is generally part of my normal striper/hybrid fishing routine.

One effective way to call in more predators is to let the first fish caught swim around on the end of the line a little longer. Other fish will come in to see what is going on. Competition between fish can be used to your advantage.

I have seen boats with permanently mounted dc powered “thrashing” devices on their transoms. These old trolling motor heads with the blades half out of the water that are turned on continuously at times. It does work.

I have also seen anglers with small wooden handled sticks tapping the side of the boat while jigging for sand bass. Some extreme mid-summer thrashing that I have witnessed is the guide taking a break to do the back stroke around his boat, kicking his legs to splash the water.

Stained water conditions are prime conditions for calling in sight feeders. Stripers/hybrids will feed by scent, but they are generally sight and sound feeders.

If you are fishing a large flat or hump, it may be easier to call them to you than to try to fish the entire area.


Lake levels continue to be dangerously low. However, navigating the channel is easy thanks to Brazos River Police.

The Brazos River Authority continues to identify underwater hazards as they are found. I found a huge piece of concrete with rebar that damaged the underside of my boat while I was on the trolling motor recently.

Access is available at the Hilton for smaller craft, and Pecan Plantation has a functional ramp. I also saw some folks setting forms to extend the launch near Blue Water Shores.

The fishing on Granbury is excellent for white bass and small stripers at mid- lake and on the lower ends. Some surface schooling is taking place.

The black bass anglers continue to catch good fish as well, mainly on soft plastics and crank baits.

Squaw Creek is warming up. Black bass anglers are catching good black bass to 7 pounds on soft plastics and deep diving crankbaits near the island and on the upper ends.

Tilapia are good to 3 pounds on worms near banks with Rip Rap where they can eat moss.

Possum Kingdom and Lake Whitney action is similar to Granbury reports.

Lake Bridgeport sand bass and hybrid action is fair to good on live bait and slabs near Rattlesnake Island, the area near the bubbles and lower unit point.

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