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Striper bite is on at Claiborne

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Left Photo: Kevin Beasley of Ruston fights a hybrid striper on Lake Claiborne Right Photo: A gorgeous sunrise on Lake Claiborne set the stage for some exciting striper fishing moments later.

The Good Lord gave us a glorious sunrise, the glowing orb back-lighting a cloud in the eastern sky that looked for all the world like an angel in flight. I snapped a few photos as the sun slowly nibbled away the cloud bank. In a matter of minutes, the sun did what it has been doing for the past month, sending its searing heat down on us.

Kevin Beasley, Ruston photographer, and I were motoring slowly across the surface of Lake Claiborne, looking for the tell-tale surface splash of striped bass feeding on threadfin shad; they’d been doing that every morning for weeks. We searched and sweated in vain for nearly an hour without seeing a single feeding fish.

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