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Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 C3

September 19, 2011 10:31 am
posted by Terry

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 C3

The Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 C3 is widely known for its strength and endurance; they’re what make it a legend. Awarded ‘Everlasting Best-selling Baitcasting Reel’ for its traditional round design, Ambassadeur has always kept its persistence to its root; unlike ordinary reels need to evolve overtime before they become much lighter. Ambassadeur is customary made with one stainless-steel roller bearing and two stainless-steel bearings in which they supply trouble-free instant anti-reverse that functions remarkably on huge fish. This combination has pleasingly made anglers courageous that it won’t let them down, particularly when they embark for a day on the water. Additionally, Ambassadeur is completed with a six pin centrifugal brake system, which diminishes backlash, and Carbon Matrix Drag system, which provides constant drag pressure.

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Central Oklahoma Fishing Report July 4 – July 9

July 12, 2011 8:16 pm
posted by Terry

White Bass

Fish here are even biting.  Go fishing and be sure to bring your baitcasting reel.

Hefner: July 5. Elevation below normal, water 78-92 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and deep crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along the weeds and rocks. Smallmouth bass fair on jigs and deep crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks. White bass good on lipless crankbaits and sassy shad at 4-12 ft. along riprap and trolling. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling deep running crankbaits at 15-25 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait and prepared bait at 10-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait, punchbait and worms at 10-30 ft. along rocky banks. Flathead catfish fair on live bait at 10-20 ft. along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-30 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair trolling deep crankbaits at 4-12 ft. along windy points and humps. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms and small jigs all around the lake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: July 5. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair. Channel catfish slow to fair on stinkbait, cut bait and crawdads early and late. Report submitted by Ron Comer, game warden stationed in Canadian County.

Thunderbird: July 3. Elevation 2 1/3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 6-10 ft. on structure. Channel catfish fair to good on earthworms or stinkbait at the twin bridges area. White bass good on jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits along humps and points; also look for surfacing behavior in early morning and late evening. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: July 4. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 89 and clear. White bass fair trolling the main part of the lake. Crappie fair on minnows along the timber line. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

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Catching A Paddlefish – Tips and Techniques

June 22, 2011 7:22 am
posted by Terry


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.

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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Trolling For the Catch Of The Day

June 20, 2011 10:08 am
posted by Terry


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 Catch a Walleye

June 16, 2011 9:50 am
posted by Terry


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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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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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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Catching Walleye – How to Troll

April 29, 2011 10:21 am
posted by Terry

If you are fishing for bottom feeding fish like walleye, you need a fishing reel that you can handle easily. Your reel should not spin out of control if you are dragging your line to lure fish that are feeding on the bottom. A baitcasting reel isn’t that much different from any other reel that uses a fishing lure. Your objective is to bait your hook and be confident that your bait won’t be pulled off by the bottom fish who are used to nibbling at food rather than at snapping at lures. Using a bait that can stay in one piece until the walleye decides to swallow it whole is your main objective. If your bait can be pulled off in bits and pieces, you will be trolling a long time before you catch a fish. Trolling for fish is fun if you have patience and can maneuver your fishing pole from side to side.

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Fishing License Laws

April 28, 2011 10:16 am
posted by Terry

Now that warmer weather is here you may be wanting to go fishing with your favorite fishing reel. You may also be wondering if you need a fishing license to catch and release the fish. The answer to this question is yes. You do need a fishing license even if you are going to release the fish. However, in some places you can use your favorite Fishing Reel without a license. One of these places is the marine district of New York. Although you do not currently need a license to fish here, there will be a no fee registry for you to sign. It is thought that this registry will be available in June 2011. If you desire, you can also get a lifetime fishing license. This would eliminate the need of getting your fishing license renewed.

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