Update on Striper Guide boat sinking

KXII has aired a report on Monday nights 10 pm broadcast and published a story on their website regarding the sinking of Wayne McCullough's boat which we initially reported on Saturday the 12th. 

In their broadcast KXII reports Mr. McCullough as saying "I looked up the boat was already upside down or sideways, at that point I knew the boat was sinking. I had no warning, I had half a second, a millisecond."   They further report thet he says he did have type 1 life vests, instead of the common, less buoyant and thinner type 3’s.  Unlike the type three vests that you have you put your arms through, and zip up, the type 1 vests simply slip over your head. Wayne says the vests kept him and his passengers afloat for more than hour, until a passing boat picked them up.

The Lake Texoma guide community has become unusually tight lipped regarding this incident.  From all we have been able to gather this was nothing more than a tragic accident but one that under a closer look becomes a tad fishy.  Granted the only official version we have heard of the accident is the one Mr. McCullough spoke with KXII about.

Our curiosity is perked up however from some of the statements of other guides on a message board that is popular among many of the guides.  On this board the usual posters tried hard to keep the whole incident under wraps.  One poster asked about the inicident and was blasted by a couple of the "older posters". 

One poster who goes by the screen name "Bandit" wrote "It's not tip toing around the subjec. The only one's that know the whole story are the guide,his customers and the guide that rescued them and they aren't talking. So everything anyone else say's is hearsay. And if it's true I don't think the guide will appreciate your comment Van. Not good customer relations."   

Two other guides offer a point that begs for questions.  The first Ricky posts "I talked to Wayne. As usual it was not an event but a series of events. glad to hear he and all are fine."  Basscat writes "I was over at Wayne house yesterday and had a long chat with him. If Wayne wants to talk about it on the board how and what happened it's up to him. But I can tell you this, it was a series of events, and could of happened to me or other people just as easy."

First, Mr. McCullough says in his KXII interview that the sinking was a quick occurence "had half a second, a millisecond."  The two guides who communicated with Mr. McCullough both state that is was "a series of events".  Secondly, we initially heard that their were other boats nearby area and another guide/s rescued the guys in the water fairly quickly.  Basscat's post supports this as he says "The only one's that know the whole story are the guide,his customers and the guide that rescued them and they aren't talking."  In the KXII interview it seems to be infered that it was just a passing boat that rescued the group after they were in the water for an hour.   It would be interesting to hear what these "series of events" were but as Basscat posted "they aren't talking." .

It is our opinion that anytime an accident like this happens it is best to be open and forthright.  This leads to a greater trust of the Lake Texoma Guide profession and community.  The statement that it's "Not good customer relations" only brings up images of the current BP Gulf PR Disaster which is definately not what Lake Texoma community wants or needs.

The new licencing from the Coast Guard require a report be submitted anytime any incident involving a guide's boat or charter.  Hopefully after this process in completed we may be able to get a good picture of what happened that fateful day.





Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 6/7/2010

With the Memorial Day Holidays behind us and the June days heating up, the striper fishing on Lake Texoma is at it's best.  Limits of stripers are being caught all over the lake.   Although I have caught some fish on top-water, live bait is still my preference at this time.

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report – Memorial Day Weekend

Needless to say the fishing has been just as awesome as expected for this time of year. It is as fast as you can drop your bait in the water and limits are coming in on average of about an hour leaving plenty of time to catch and release, cat fish, or look for bigger fish. We are forecasted to have our first 100° weather here in the first week in June. I can’t believe just 2 months ago in the first week in April we still had snow on the ground. With the water temperature rising, the big fish are starting to venture out into the deeper water. Most of my fish are coming in 50-60 ft. but I’m sometimes still finding the bigger fish in the 35-40ft range, but not always. Live bait is still the ticket and should remain so until the beginning of July. Most importantly, if you’re not beating the water, you’re not catching fish.

I took most of Memorial Day weekend off with the exception of Friday morning and Saturday morning. Fishing was still good and it wasn’t as crowed out there as I was expecting. It was nice to finally take a couple of days off to relax a little. Wednesday I was right back after it and the fishing just picked right back up where I had left off.


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Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 5/31/2010

The Lake Texoma striper fishing thru the month of may just keeps getting better. Limits of stripers are being caught within a hour or two all over the lake. Tur current lake elevation is 619.01 an water tempeture is 78-80 degrees. I've fished both north and west of Highport Marina, finding large amounts of stripers in the 45-70 feet range of water holding on river channel ledges humps and ditches. Some days you can mark them solid and others they'll be a little scattered. Alough I like seeing the stripers piled in,as long as your marking scattered fish you can set up on them and they will find you. We're still using live bait mainly anchor fishing with a little drifting mixed in. When you get the fish pulled in it's an absolute feeding frenzy and this should continue for the 6-8 weeks and then we should be fishing slabs. If you have never experienced Lake Texoma striper fishing at its finest now is definitly the time to try it out.We'll continue to fish morn and afternoon trips until the bite slacks off but as for now both have produced large numbers of Texoma stripers. With the beautiful weather we have alot more boating traffic so vest up, be safe and enjoy your time on Lake Texoma.

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Zebra Mussels in Lake Texoma

Many outdoor enthusists will soon be heading to Lake Texoma to enjoy all it has to offer, Sun, Fun and Recreation away from the Big City.

This year, boaters who trailer the watercraft to Texoma need to be cautious and watch out for zebra mussels.  Zebra Mussels are native of Russia and once spread to the Great Lakes in the 80's have quickly moved south from lake to lake throughout the United States.  Zebra Mussels, a hardy mollusk, are a very invasive species with few natural predators that reproduce extremely fast and can cause all type of problems not only to infrastructure on the lake but also to watercraft kept on the lake.  Zebra mussels filter about a liter of plankton a day which competes with the gizzard and threadfin shad.  This, of course can have a major impact on the Striper Fishing Community on Lake Texoma as shad are the main food of the striper population.


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Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 04/22/2010

Lake Texoma water temp is 64-70 degrees and lake elevation is 614.48 feet above sea level. The first part of April, Lake Texoma striper fishing has seen steady improvement. We're still using live bait drift fishing the 15-25 ft depth. The size of the fish has improved from the smaller males to the 16-19" good keepers and your over 20" stripers as well. Just about everywhere I've fished I am finding alot of stripers holding on the flats in 20 ft and less water.

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Coast Guard Clarifies Lake Texoma Policy

For over a year, Striper Guides on Lake Texoma have been scrambling trying to meet the demands of the Coast Guard's requirement that they be required to have a Uninspected Vessel Captain's license.  The license in question pertains to navigable waters such as the major rivers and coastal waters.  Guides are being required to spend several thousand dollars to meet requirements that in most cases do not really pertain to Lake Texoma.  On March 24, 2010 the Coast Guard met with Senator Inhofe.  A letter was written providing clarification of the Coast Guard's intentions regarding the licensing and enforcement activities on Lake Texoma.

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Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 3/10/2010

It has been about two weeks since my last Lake Texoma fishing report and with the warmer weather we have seen a few changes on the lake. Water temperature is 43-49 degrees, lake elevation is 616.19 and water is off color. We are mainly fishing west of the Highport marina, working ledges and humps in the 30-45 ft water.

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StriperFish Lake Texoma Fishing Report

March 2. 2010:  Putting the fishing shows behind me, I took an ole friend from my home town, out on a little seek and find fishing trip, since we finally had a pretty day. It was a lot of seek since I had not been out in some time, but finally nailed down one of my ole fishing holes, and let him see how good he was at bringing in the "big one". He needed a lot of practice since he fishes out of Greenbelt Lake, but he finally got the hang of it again, and brought in some nice ones. It looks like the Spring Break coming up, will find Lake Texoma ready for the kids, and I am glad since I fish 20 of them in a couple weeks. I am posting a few pictures of yesterday, asking that if you have a free day or two, give me a hollar and lets go fishing , not hunting.

March 4. 2010:  same report, biggest this time to 12 lbs. Great fish, Great Day.

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Striper Master Lake Texoma Striper Fishing Report 2/20/2010

Lake Texoma water temp is 40-43 degrees, lake elevation is 617.88. Due to the crazy weather we have had this winter it has been a challenge just to keep some of my trips booked. Although when were able to get our trips in the lake texoma striper fishing has been pretty good.The cold overcast days have worked out well.

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The sunny days with very little wind I will admit have been tougher for me. Bait on the west side of the lake is the real challenge. From Highport Marina and to the west is pretty muddy water due to the rain and snow. I have mainly fished the stained water from Mill Creek back to the north working  the 45-60 foot water.


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