Grapevine Angler’s Pet Black Salty Has Made A Few Texoma Striper Trips

I tell folks all the time … and it’s an observation based on experience … that the Black Salty baitfish is one hardy critter.

Experience speaks more loudly than any announcement, and it’s particularly meaningful to me when I hear “experiential” anecdotes from fellow fishermen. One such story just came in from a longtime “pen pal” (e-pal?) by the name of Benjamin Moore.Ben Moore's Texoma Salty Stripers Ben lives in Grapevine, and he is a regular on Lake Texoma.

The big border lake that separates Texas from Oklahoma (thus its name) is arguably Texas’ number-one striped bass hotspot. For the anadromous species (meaning, in essence, fish that live in saltwater but breed in freshwater during annual migrations), Texoma’s salty waters are prime habitat. Texoma is, in fact, the only lake in the state with a documented reproducing population of stripers. As Texas striped bass lakes go, many insiders would understandably contend that Texoma is the number-one striper lake in the state, and perhaps … especially from a standpoint of sheer numbers of fish … the country.

Ben sends me a photo now and then of linesiders taken on the Black Salty, so the photo he e-mailed today came as no big surprise. What was surprising, though, was Ben’s tale of a Black Salty that may well be the best-traveled, most durable live bait on record.

Writes the successful Black Salty striper specialist, “It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’ve been doing the same things (fishing on weekends).  It’s been a little chilly the last few outings, but the stripers on Texoma are starting to turn on.  No monster-sized catches yet,” he adds, “but that’s just a matter of time and luck. I haven’t been skunked in a long time, and always have fun.  Attached is a photo of a couple of the better ones from Saturday 11/11.

“I’m down to about five Saltys, and will be ordering more this week,” Ben writes. “I remain convinced they catch stripers as well as shad, and are a lot less hassle. I have one Salty in particular that I’ve had since mid-July.  He’s predominantly gold-colored, and easy to distinguish. I’ve taken him for quite a few boat rides, but have resisted sticking a hook in him.   Keeping live bait alive for five months is pretty handy.

“I’ve fished Saltys rigged identically and adjacent to shad, and catches are equal between the two. On days when a couple tosses of the net fills the baitwell with shad, I’ll use mostly shad. But,” he emphasizes, “I always, no matter what, take a few Saltys for variety (and “insurance”).” As for the latter point, Ben explains, “When the shad are hard to find I always have live bait.

“I’ll be back at Texoma Friday and possibly Saturday or Sunday,” Ben concludes. “I’ll probably make a couple trips there Thanksgiving week, too.  …and I have more vacation to use in December!”

 Ben, here’s to you having a great vacation fishing outing during your hard-earned days off from work. And our sincere thanks for sharing a fun story about what may be the hardiest live bait to ever travel … repeatedly … in an angler’s livewell.

I’ve never heard of a shad that has made several extended fishing trips and come back home to the livewell. That, of course, translates to some serious economy … a savings in not only money, but also time and sweat invested in working, and usually working hard, to catch a batch of baitfish will a castnet.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Black Salty … a live bait that for over three years has been successfully field-tested and fished for an amazing variety of species in freshwater, saltwater inshore and saltwater offshore … check the web at Every photo on the site represents a documented catch.

In other words, if there’s a picture of a fish, it’s a fish taken on a Black Salty.

We’ve had no lack of photos to post, and I encourage you to touch base with me via e-mail at, or contact I.F. Anderson Farms sales rep Max Vickers via the toll-free hotline at 1-877-GO-SALTY (1-877-467-2589).

The ad on the home page of this site will take you to as well.

There are three sizes available … Inshore (a 5-pound box will hold approximately 12-1/2 dozen baitfish; at a price of $75, which includes Federal Express shipping, that comes to around 6 bucks a dozen); Offshore (around 6-1/4 dozen 4-1/2- to 5-1/2-inch baitfish per 5-pound box); and the XL “Magnum” (the nickname came from my friend Capt. Wayne Vinton, host of the SportsRadio 610 Outdoor Show … a 5-pound box of these big critters comes out to around 4 dozen baits that are great for everything from big stripers on the lakes to big snapper, cobia, king mackerel and other species in offshore saltwater.) 

I hope to hear from you soon. Folks like Ben Moore will readily assure you that, given a trip in the livewell to your favorite fishing locale, the Black Salty baitfish is a success story waiting to happen.

If you want to keep one as a “pet” or good-luck charm, and travel with the lucky fish in the livewell, that’s always a fun option, too, as Ben has made clear.

Be forewarned, though: If you ever put that pet baitfish in an aquarium or fish bowl at home, the kids aren’t likely to let you take it back out with you:-)

Good fishing to all …



One Response to “Grapevine Angler’s Pet Black Salty Has Made A Few Texoma Striper Trips”

  1. RLeGris responds:

    Hey Larry,
    Speaking of Pet Black Salty’s… We had a few left over after a fishing trip about 1 1/2 years ago… brought them home and put them in the backyard pond to save for another fishing day.
    Well, needless to say, once a kid feeds the fish, they are no longer bait… they are… “blacky”, “spot”… etc. They have grown from nice inshore, to deep sea size… and are a very pretty black/gold now! I have to say that they have been VERY hardy as we do not heat the pond and they just love it in there.
    Have a great weekend!

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