The women and their guide, Chris Carey with Striper Express Guide Service, were drift fishing with artificial bait near the northern shore in water 15 to 40 feet deep, according to Women's Outdoor News. Around noon, Pope made a cast over a submerged point on the main lake, when the 38-inch striper hit. "I was leaning back and the rod was bent so far it looked to break at any time," she said. "I knew this was a special fish by the excitement in Chris's voice. When it surfaced, everyone went crazy!"