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The Uni Knot

August 5, 2011 10:15 am
posted by Terry
Uni Knot

Uni Knot

The fourth knot to use with a baitcasting reel is the uni knot.

The uni knot is a basic knot and can be varied by the fisherman to meet pretty much any need, in fresh or salt water fishing. To tie the knot begin by running the line through the eye of the hook, at least 6” and fold it to make 2 parallel lines. Bring the end back towards the hook; next, make 6 turns with the tag around the double line and through the circle you formed. Pull the tag to tighten the line, then pull the standing line to slide up to the knot created against the eye. Pull until it is at the desired tightness, trim the tag end to ensure the knot doesn’t slip or come undone.

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The Trilene Knot

August 4, 2011 10:12 am
posted by Terry

Trilene Knot

The third knot to use with a baitcasting reel is the trilene knot.

The trilene knot is used for any purpose: snaps, hooks, connecting artificial lures, etc. The ease of tying the knot and design, offer a strong and dependable connection, and still retain 85-90% of original line strength. First, run one end of line through the eye of the hook, and back through the eye a second time, follow this by looping around the standing part 5 or 6 times. Next, thread the tag end between the eye and coils, and pull up tight for strength and trim the tag end. This knot is easy to tie, durable, and used for all casts.

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The Albright Knot

July 29, 2011 10:53 am
posted by Terry

Albright Knot for Baitcasting Reel

This is a strong and viable knot. It is used to attach the fly line to the fly reel backing. Take a couple inches of line and make a loop. Run about ten inches of excess through the loop. Hold the loop and wrap the excess around both lines with the other hand, wrapping around ten times. Push the excess through the opposite side where it began so both lines’ excesses are adjacent. Pull the remainder through the loop, and tighten if necessary. The line knot is common, and is used before winding the baitcasting reel. It is a fly line to backing knot.

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The Blood Knot

July 28, 2011 10:47 am
posted by Terry

Blood Knot

A more precise knot, the ‘blood knot’ isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires skill to complete, and begins by taking the two lines and having them cross for about four inches with the shorter line ends of both facing opposite. One line’s shorter end is wrapped around the next line about six times, with the difference of the first line short end going through the original lines’ wrapping. The difference in the second line is then repeated (about six times wrapping), with that difference passing back through the overall wrapping loop. When not tightened, it may remain loose, however, may be tightened at any time to ensure completion of the knot. It is a versatile knot for the tippet or leader.

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Knots To Use With Baitcasting Reels Part I

July 21, 2011 8:22 am
posted by Terry

Rapala Knot

The rapala knot is a great knot to use. With this knot, the lure is tied to the line so that it can move about freely. This allows your bait to move around more naturally. This knot is fairly easy to to learn. The first step is to tie an overhead knot. This can be done by feeding the line through the eye of your lure. Next you will feed the working end through the eye of your lure. Then make three wraps around your line. You can now bring the knot back through the overhead knot again (do not pull to tight). Make sure to leave some slack in the loop. The final step is to feed your tag through the slack loop and pull tight. You are now ready to cast with the baticasting reel and hopefully catch some fish.

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report July 13, 2011

July 15, 2011 11:05 am
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

Here is the fishing report.  Several places are having good time getting catfish to bite especially at night.  This warm weather the fish are biting more at night.  Be sure you take your baitcasting reel with you so you can catch some fish.

Bell Cow: July 10.. Elevation below normal, water 86 and murky. Channel catfish good on worms at night. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs off the docks at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Chandler: July 10.. Elevation below normal, water 87 and murky. Channel catfish good on worms, chicken liver and doughbait at night. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at fishing docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: July 10. Elevation below normal, water clearing. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on limblines, juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad and sunfish; check often because of high temperatures. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: July 13. Elevation 1 1/3 ft. below normal, water 86 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits around grass beds early morning and on plastic baits at night. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: July 10. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water stained. Fishermen need to remain aware of low water conditions and underwater obstructions. Local media has reported that the Taylor’s Ferry swim beach is closed due to blue green algae. Catfish excellent on juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish; it’s a good idea to keep check on your lines more often because of fish dying quickly due to water temps and oxygen levels. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, buzz baits and spinnerbaits. White bass good trolling white spinnerbaits and small crankbaits on windy points. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: July 10. All fishing slow due to algae problems. For further information contact Grand River Dam Authority out of Langley, OK for any update on water conditions. Report submitted by Jim Littlefield.

Greenleaf: July 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and pumpkin colored tube worms. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: July 12. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits early and late. White bass good on small lures and spinnerbaits early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: July 10. Elevation below normal, water stained. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and limblines baited with cut shad and sunfish. Channel catfish fair on worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: July 11. Catfish fair on juglines baited with fresh shad and fair on sunfish and fresh shad from the bank after dark. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on spinnerbaits and rattletraps off of windy points and riprap in the morning and evenings. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

Lower Illinois: July 11. Elevation below normal, water 49 and muddy. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on live shad at 1-3 ft. at Gore Landing and below. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout good fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom at the dam and Watts. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Spavinaw: July 13.. Elevation slightly below normal, water 85 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: July 11. Elevation normal and steady, water 80-82 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastic baits early and late. Catfish good on stinkbait in the mouth of coves and on juglines and flip-flops baited with cut baits in open water. Sunfish good on night crawlers in and around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 11. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and pumpkin colored tube worms along the riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Channel catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom drifting the mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Reported by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

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Tips for Night Fishing for Bass

July 13, 2011 8:11 pm
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

Night-fishing is the best way to catch bass when water temperatures start climbing.  High water temperatures cause bass to swim to deeper waters or take to heavy cover.  So grab your favorite baitcasting reels, bait or lures, flashlight, and head to the nearest clear water lake.

In a lake clear water lake, the bass tend to feed more heavily at night.  Anglers have been using spinner baits that create intense vibrations to catch bass.  Besides spinner baits, some anglers have been catching bass using plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits in water depths of 15 to 25 feet.

Go have fun catching some bass at night.

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Southeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report July 3 – July 9

July 11, 2011 8:02 pm
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

According to these reports, sounds like this part of the state has some good fishing.  Be sure to bring your baitcasting reel or spinning reel with you.  It will be very hard to bring home the catch if you don’t have the gear.

Arbuckle: July 3. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 83-84 and clear. Bass very slow being caught on chug bugs early dawn light and slow worm rig coming off a sharp drop-off. White bass being caught on small white or chrome lures while chasing shad and ghost minnows in the dam area of lake. Crappie early morning on marked brush piles. Bluegill and sunfish excellent on earthworms in the shaded areas in evening hours. Channel catfish being caught on the baited holes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: July 3. Water clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Slug-Go lures and topwater baits early and late. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 18-20 ft. along humps and structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: July 4. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear in the lake and murky in the Deep Fork Arm. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits around deep points. White bass fair on minnows at 8-20 ft. under bridges at night. Blue catfish fair on various baits at 4-10 ft. around rocky areas and shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. under bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: July 3. Elevation normal, water 84. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with sunfish. Blue catfish good on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Konawa: July 3. Elevation normal, water 91 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in coves early and late. Channel catfish good on shad at 10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

McGee Creek: July 4. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and swim baits at 2-6 ft. and topwater lures early and late along the shorelines. Crappie fair 8-20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Catfish fair on live bait at 8-20 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: July 3. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass fair to good on topwater baits in the mornings. Crappie good on minnows in deep water. Catfish good on chicken liver or night crawlers on rod and reel and trotlines. Report Submitted by Mark Hannah, Game Warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: July 5. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with fresh shad and sunfish. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: July 3. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85 and murky. White bass good on topwater lures early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Flathead catfish good on live bait. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: July 3. Elevation 4 1/3 ft. below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on surface lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass good on live bait, slabs and surface lures at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 10-20 ft. from Johnson Creek to the south. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs at 5-15 ft. around riprap and the fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: July 3. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures early and late. White bass fair trolling deep diving crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-20 ft. around structure. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad, liver and night crawlers. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Reported by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife

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Bass Fishing Knots Part IV

July 7, 2011 10:46 am
posted by Terry

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San Diego Knot Jam

A four way to tie a bass knot is by using the San Diego Knot Jam, which is a versatile and popular knot developed by fishermen in San Diego. Step 1 – pass the end of the line through the eye of hook or lure. Pinch hook between the little finger and palm of the other hand. Step 2 – loop the tag over the index finger and make 7 wraps from the double line down to the end. Step 3 -Use the tag between the double lines below the final wrap and use the index finger to bring the loop back. Remove your finger after you made a loop from below. Lastly, simply moisten the lines and pull end tight sliding the knot down to the eye to tighten your line.

Try this knot out the next time with your baitcasting reel.

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Bass Fishing Knot Part III

July 6, 2011 9:40 am
posted by Terry

Blood Knot

The Blood Knot is a more complex looking knot, but it’s great for connections. The blood knot method is a way to bring two pieces of monofilament together in one tying method. To start the process of making the knot, simply overlap the end of two strands so that joining and twisting them is much easier. You should do this about 10 turns to make sure both monofilaments are secure. After this step, separate one of the center twists and place the two ends through the middle of the space. Lastly, pull the knot together and clip off the excess ends.

Try this knot out the next time with your baitcasting reel outfit.

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