Stomach contents revealed that these small stripers were eating very small shad without much swimming ability. Therefore they could feed individually without a group effort to corral fast moving adult shad.
We left the small stripers and headed uplake to Padre Bay. There were a few small boils in the main channel that dove before we were in range. Again when we entered the shade produced by the tall wall on the east side of Padre Bay, larger stripers were found feeding. They were up and down quickly but a good cast resulted in a 2.5 pound striper hookup.
The big difference this week was that these stripers would now hit full size surface lures. Micro lures used last week were not required. Now a stealthy approach with a good stop in casting distance followed by an accurate cast resulted in one fish caught from every 2 or 3 quick boils.
The next leg of the journey took us to Gregory Butte at 8 AM. Shade was gone but striper schools were seen slurping along the eastern shoreline. These fish exhibited the same behavior with tight schools and quick surface trips. Then things got much more exciting as a slurping school moved into shallow water in a weedy cove. They had obviously driven a school of larger shad into the shallow brush line. Now when we cast near these feeding fish they would hit the surface lure every time.
It is amazing how much has changed in the past week. Shad have grown larger and faster while stripers have become more aggressive. Feeding time is random with a sure opportunity to see small slurps early and late each day followed by larger boils spaced throughout the day. Precise casts and small profile lures are still preferred but full size lures that cast much farther are producing as well.