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Catching A Paddlefish – Tips and Techniques

June 22, 2011 7:22 am
posted by Terry

PaddleFish

Paddlefish will be found in low current waters in all seasons except springtime. In the spring, which is the spawning season, they shift location to up stream areas where the water levels are higher. You can try your luck in catching paddlefish in both situations, although you will have better luck in the upstream moments.

Catching paddlefish is lots of fun, especially because you do not have to be a seasoned fisherman to do it. Another thing which makes it so much fun is the simple equipment used. You won’t need to invest in expensive equipment to snag this precious fish but you must keep it heavyweight. The paddlefish is huge, weighing over 200 pounds on average so your equipment must match up to this weight. With less than $200, you can assemble everything you need to go ‘paddle-fishing.’

Equipment needed
So what do you need? You need:
Baitcasting Reels
– Line
– Rod
– Hooks
– Gaffs
– Weights
A rod between 10 and 15 feet is okay. The longer it is, the further you will be able to cast. Any line would work, but a 30 pound monofilament works best for the paddlefish. The heavier the line, the better it will be at baitcasting. 5 ounce weights and 8/0 or 10/0 are good enough. The gaff will be used to land the fish.

The process
It all begins with tying up. Use a large, treble hook and leave up to 2 feet of line which you will tie to your weight. This will ensure that the weight is on one end and enhance the retrieving process.

While holding the spool with your thumb, turn the rod to the side so that the handle of the baitcasting reel is facing upward. Position yourself so that when you cast, you do not cast into the wind, otherwise a backlash will occur. When you are ready, cast your line, aiming for the opposite end from where you are. Release the thumb slowly without lifting it off the spool; otherwise the line will come off the reel. Baitcasting reels are great because they give you more control over the placement of the lure. They allow the lure to be placed just about anywhere paddlefish could be hiding or lying low.

Allow the weight to sink in for sometime and ready yourself for retrieving. Push your thumb down immediately the lure hits the water to keep the spool from spinning and then reel up the lure. Baitcasting reels have excellent braking system that you can quickly tighten if the spool continues spinning when your lure is already down. Repeat this process until you’ve covered the entire channel or moved closer to the shore. If you’ve nabbed your fish, bring it up the rod. You will have an easier time if you have someone else to help you here.

Tips
The reel position will be determined by the hand you intend to use to cast. If casting with your right-hand, keep the handle to the left side of the reel. If casting with the left arm, turn the handle to the right.

Baitcasting reels are prone to backlashing. Try not to jerk the rod or your line will become entangled in backlash. If you adjust the braking system correctly, it will control the spool.

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How to Use A Spinning Reel To Catch A Trout

June 21, 2011 11:27 am
posted by Terry

Trout

When choosing a rod/reel combo, the appropriate weight range is between 2 and 7 lbs. Beginners might be advised to stick to a closed face reel (a reel that has a button that allows for easy release of the line). The Pflueger Fishing Company makes several high quality reels and reel/rod combos for all skill levels, and something like the Pflueger President Spinning combo can offer the beginner a versatility and ease that are vital when starting out.

OK, Now comes the tricky part: a good cast.

Always cast slightly upstream and allow your bait to drift downstream. The current will make your bait appear lifelike and lure the trout.

Bring the rod tip behind you slowly, and press and hold the button on the fly reel. Quickly bring the rod tip around to directly in front of you and release the button in the middle of the cast. Be careful not to whip the rod to hard or your bait will get thrown off the hook.

Do not overcast. Think of rod as the hand on a clock, and keep your rod at 11 o’clock.

If you’ve done things correctly, your line should fly freely and land about 25-35 feet in front of you. Congratulations! Chances are, it’ll take a few casts before the fishes to start nibbling, but you’re well on your way!

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Trolling For the Catch Of The Day

June 20, 2011 10:08 am
posted by Terry

Trolling

Spending a chilly morning on a peaceful lake fishing can be the perfect vacation for outdoor enthusiasts. Trolling is a fishing method used from a moving boat and can be utilized in Big-game or freshwater fishing. A trolling motor is quiet and transports the boat through the water slowly allowing the fisherman to drag a fishing line behind the vessel.

Baitcasting reels
are recommended for trolling and the reel placement will give the angler added leverage when pulling in especially feisty fish. Pflueger reels are a high quality brand for fisherman to consider when shopping for a trolling reel.

The bait used during trolling can be a small live fish, dead bait or artificial bait. This style of fishing can be used when other forms are not in season or when water conditions are unsafe for other methods of fishing.

Anglers should remember to troll in front of schooling fish and to change lures often. Fish can be picky when selecting bait and once a lure becomes hot, it should be used until the fish stop going for it. A depth finder can be helpful in locating fish and allowing the line to sink deeper later in the day can also encourage the fish to bite.

Pflueger baitcasting reels
will be in an angler’s collection of fishing gear for years. The durability is unsurpassed and it is sure to become a well-used piece of equipment.

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How To Properly Use a Fish Depth Finder

June 17, 2011 10:00 am
posted by Terry

Depth Finder

Before you use your new pflueger baitcasting reels to find fish displayed on your depth finder you need to make sure you know how they work. A depth finder is SONAR which uses sound waves to spot underwater objects. The transducer produces a sound wave through the water. When the soundwave is sent by the transducer, the wave is short and narrow. The soundwave becomes wider and creates a cone shape which covers more area. Once the soundwave hits something it immediately bounces back to the transducer. The fish finder measures the distance in time it took the soundwave to return. Your fish depth finder calculates the distance and draws an image of a fish or the uprocessed sonar called an arch on your fish finder.

The accuracy of the measured distance can change depending upon the clarity of the water. Bubbles in the water usually caused by strong winds or currents will impact the signal. Once you are ready to use your new pflueger baitcasting reel, you should also be mindful of any algae or other microorganisms floating on the surface. Bubbles and algae disperse the soundwave and can cause accuracy issues.

Using the proper cone angle will help you accurately use your baitcasting reels. Wider cone angles are perfect for shallow or medium depths. Narrower cone angle will penetrate deeper into the water but show less fish.

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How to Catch a Walleye

June 16, 2011 9:50 am
posted by Terry

Walleye

The temperamental walleye fish has a reputation for being difficult to catch. The walleye is a large river fish so baitcasting reels must be sturdy enough to handle the weight. The Pflueger brand has proven itself to be just that and with many decades of field testing, the baitcasting reels that Pflueger produces are reliable and affordable.
Spring is the best time to catch the walleye since they will be looking for sandy areas to spawn. River currents will attract them and their behavior will be detectably assertive. It is recommended to Use a piece of worm or walleye gullet on the jig to attract more fish. The males will swim in shallow water and are smaller than the females. The females will swim out to deeper water during the day so the males will be easier to catch. The jig should be either one quarter ounce or one eighth ounce.
If the angler is looking to catch a large fish as a trophy it is best to wait for the females to return to the shallower depths near the river bank. Trolling very slowly close to the shore is recommended. The baitcasting reels should be used from the boat. Casting from a sandbar near the weeds will prove fruitful. Using Pflueger equipment will assure that catching the elusive walleye will be a memorable experience.

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How to Catch a Spoonbill Fish

June 15, 2011 7:50 pm
posted by Terry

SpoonBill

The Spoonbill catfish is an extremely ancient fish having been on Earth for over three hundred million years. It is a large fish measuring as long as seven feet . Also known as a paddlefish it is not permitted to be fished in every state since it almost went extinct.
To successfully catch this fish it must be snagged. It is a rare thrill to drag a 10/0-12/0 three pronged hook and a five to sixteen ounce weight while trolling. This can be done by boat or by manpower. When using the baitcasting reel and rod, the rod should measure ten to twelve feet with a line weighing a minimum of sixty pounds. This is a seriously heavy and interesting fish to catch.
When a bending occurs at the tip of the rod, it is time to take a deep breathe, and start reeling in the spoonbill. Getting the three pronged hooked into the mouth properly may prove difficult to do but with practice a certain level of proficiency will start developing. Baitcasting reels provide more control over where to place the lure. They enable the angler to place lures right up next to logs.

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Reasons To Purchase An Ugly Stick

June 14, 2011 9:22 pm
posted by Terry

The unusual, unattractive name is more than enough reason not to buy this fishing rod. However, relying solely on the name is definitely a great way to miss out on something that will unquestionably prove to be an awesome buy. With that said, the awesome reasons as for why to buy an Ugly Stik are definitely straightforward and quite convincing.

For starters, the Ugly Stik is surely not ugly by any means. It is quite a good-looking fishing rod that has made its way to being one of the best sellers on the market. The well-respected popularity of this rod, coupled with durability, undeniable strength and a relatively low price adds to the list of reasons that back the statement regarding the Ugly Stik as being an excellent fishing rod to buy.

One thing for sure, as an avid fisherman, what more is there to ask for? The strength of this rod along with its coloration is what gives it its unique name. Even though, a lot of owners are quite fond of its appearance and performance, the name has managed to stick for many years.

Apart from that, fishing with this fishing rod will definitely be a fun way to catch a catfish on any fishing trip. The name is very distracting, but using it will totally erase any negative thoughts that ever came into mind. One way to show everybody how to fish is to do so by using this unusual named, truly amazing fishing rod.

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Fishing For White Bass

June 13, 2011 10:10 pm
posted by Terry

White Bass

White bass are easy to catch once they have been located.  In late spring, these fish tend to be caught around sandy flats, deep riprap banks, and by large boulders that break the water current.  Besides fishing from the bank, many anglers rely on trolling.  Trolling allows the angler to use a depth finder which makes it easier to locate and catch the fish.

To catch white bass, use a good spinning reel outfit with 4 to 8 pound mono line.  As for bait, try using a jig.  Live bait is not a requirement.  White bass bite in the early morning hours.  Last but not least, watch for circling gulls.  Circling gulls indicate that schools of white bass are feeding nearby.

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Southeast Oklahoma Fishing Report

June 10, 2011 8:01 am
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

Be sure to have your baitcasting reel or spinning reel to catch the fish.  Below you will see the channel catfish biting good now.

Arbuckle: June 5. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 74 and clear. Bass being caught on Carolina-rigged lizard and watermelon, shad crankbaits, shakey head worms and topwater at dawn. White bass being caught on chrome gay blades and white wiggle-tailed jigs near the dam.. Crappie being caught on Bobbie Garland shad bodied jigs in chartreuse at 20-25 ft. on brush piles. Channel catfish good on minnows under cork. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: June 7. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastics and crankbaits around current and structure in larger pools. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, minnows and chicken liver in deeper pools around current. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in deeper pools at night. Sunfish good on crickets and small worms in shallow slack waters. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: June 5. Elevation normal, water 71-72. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on topwater lures early and late. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Walleye good on deep running crankbaits in crawdad color around points. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: June 5. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits along the buck brush, flooded brush and rocky areas. White bass good on jigs around bridges and culverts with running water. Blue catfish good on various baits at 2-8 ft. in rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-12 ft. along riprap on I-40 and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: June 6. Elevation normal, water 74. Crappie fair on jigs along the southern area of the lake and trolling jigs along the dam. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with sunfish and cut bait. Crappie and catfish good below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: June 6. Elevation normal, water 77 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms at 4-6 ft. in the cattails and weed beds. Channel catfish good on stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

McGee Creek: June 6. Elevation 10 inches above normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and swim baits along shorelines and around submerged vegetation. Crappie fair at 6-14 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Channel catfish fair on liver, red worms and cut bait in upper tributaries of lake. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: June 7. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 69 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good. White bass good trolling crankbaits and jigs. Channel catfish good on liver and stinkbait. Crappie good. Walleye good off the dam and rocky points in the late evenings. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: June 5. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass fair on soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs near Hwy 3 Bridge and rocky points. Catfish fair to good on cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: June 7. Elevation normal, water 75 and muddy. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 4-8 ft. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with fresh shad and cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Texoma: June 5. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 73 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels on crankbaits, spinner baits and some surface baits. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and some surface baits at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish good on worms, stinkbait and live minnows at 5-20 ft. from Platter Flats north to the Washita River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around brush piles and fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks and riprap. Paddlefish fair while generating below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: June 5. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass fair to good on chartreuse and white grubs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut shad and liver and good on night crawlers. Flathead catfish very good on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Reported by Oklahoma Wildlife Department of Conservation

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part #2

June 9, 2011 7:56 am
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

Looking at this part of the report, catfish is still the best catch around.  Take your spinning reel or baitcasting reel and go catch some fish.

Kaw: June 5. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut baits and fresh shad and good on cut bait and fresh shad behind the dam. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits behind the dam. Report submitted by David Rempe game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

Lower Illinois: June 6. Elevation above normal, water 48 and rising. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom in creek channels and coves. Water level is still high and running fast. Report submitted D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Skiatook: June 7. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad and slabs in the lake and fair on sassy shad in the discharge. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Sooner: June 6. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on sassy shad in the discharge and good on live shad and slabs at the intake. Catfish good on cut bait and live bait around points and in channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: June 7. Elevation slightly above normal, water 82 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: June 6. Elevation 4 ft. above normal and falling, water 78 and clearing. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastic baits. Catfish fair on worms and stinkbait in the mouths of coves or near swimming areas. Sunfish good on worms near docks or spawning areas. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: June 6. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in the riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom and the mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Reported by:  Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 6/8/11

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