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Bass Fishing Knots Part II

July 5, 2011 9:30 am
posted by Terry

Palomar Knot

Another great knot to use is the palomar. Using this knot with a pflueger baitcaster reel helps to have more stability when drawing out the cast as well as a great braking mechanism when you want to hold the fish in place. The palomar knot is a solid way to join fishing lines to swivels, snaps, and hooks. Also, the way the double knot is tied adds more security to the knot itself adding more strength for your loops. Simply double the line and form a loop making it around 4 inches long. Pass the end of the loop through the hook’s eye. Make sure to have a good grasp of the line with your thumb and finger while you grasp the loop with your free hand to help make an overhand knot. Put the hook through the loop and draw the line guiding the loop over the eyelet. Lastly, make sure the tag end of line is tightly knotted. Clip 1/4 of the tag end.

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Bass Fishing Knots Part I

July 4, 2011 9:16 am
posted by Terry

Trilene Knot

In bass fishing, there are numerous knots you can use to help catch your bass. These type of knot methods help to make catching fish a lot easier.

Many fishermen prefer the baitcasting reel in order to get a more accurate feel. A good type of bass knot to use is a trilene knot. It’s recommended for beginners because it’s a very simple and a dependable knot. Simply thread your line through the eye of the hook or lure then loop the thread around so it goes through the eye again. The key is to firmly but slowly pull the main lines so it gets to about a quarter inch in size. Next, hold the lure or hook in one hand while you hold the loop between the thumb and pointer finger with the hand. After this step is completed, take the tag line and wrap it around the main line at least 5 times. Guide the tag line around and back through the double loop above the eye then push the tag back through the larger loop. It’s important to pull the main line while holding the tag end. Make sure you wet your line. After this is done, clip off the tag end.

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Summer Catfish Hidey-Hole Tips

July 1, 2011 10:22 am
posted by Terry

    Channel Cat

  1. In rivers catfish hang around the riprap banks and in tailwaters below the dam.
  2. Catfish can also be found in deep holes below wing dams and in tributaries.
  3. In man-made lakes catfish can be found in flooded stock ponds and roadbeds.
  4. Catfish also like to hide in standing timber and around submerged humps.
  5. When fishing in heavy cover or a timber area, use a heavy duty pflueger baitcasting reel outfit.  A catfish can have the advantage if dependable tackle is not used in this fishing situation.
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Drift Fishing Tips For Catfish

June 30, 2011 9:11 am
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

  1. Outfit your boat with 4 to 6 heavy duty baitcasting reel outfits.  The rods should be at least an 8 feet in length.
  2. Use a 2 ounce sinker with live bait on a 6/0 hook.
  3. Next, adjust the rods so that the bait is near the bottom and the line is kept vertical.
  4. Lastly, in your boat, make sure the rods are perpendicular to the gunwhales and use a trolling motor to control the drift speed.

Drift fishing can help an angler catch catfish that are hiding in large flats, around boulders, logs, or other large obstructions in the river.

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Catching a World’s Record Bass

June 23, 2011 12:15 pm
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

The current work record is a 22 lb 4 ounce largemouth that was caught in Montgomery Lake, Georgia.  This largemouth was cross between a Florida and Northern largemouth.  To catch a largemouth this size, an angler would need to use a heavy duty Pflueger baitcasting reel with a heavy abrasion resistant line. Having the right tackle can make the difference between a world record and a second place.

However, for the angler that wants to catch largemouth but not set the world record, a baitcasting or spinning reel will work just fine.  Basically if the angler is fishing around a weedy or brushy area, it’s best to use the baitcasting reel.  A baitcasting reel will allow the angler to place the lure or bait next to the brush.  The reel allows a more precise cast but the angler may need to practice casting with this reel.

If the angler is fishing in a clear bottom lake or shallow stream then a spinning reel will do just fine.  Just watch the weight of the line.  As long as the fish don’t weight more than the weight of the line, the angler should not have a problem of landing the largemouth.

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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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How to Catch a Spoonbill Fish

June 15, 2011 7:50 pm
posted by Terry


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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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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Tips for Catch ‘in Channel Cats

June 7, 2011 7:13 pm
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

  1. When fishing for blues or flat heads use a baitcasting reel with a 30-50 pound line.  However with a channel cat on a clear bottom lake can be caught on a spinning reel with a 10-14 pound line.
  2. Catfish will eat live, dead, or prepared baits.  Chicken livers, clam meat, frogs, nightcrawlers, crayfish, limburger cheese, and stinkbait have all been used by anglers to catch blues, flat, or channel catfish.
  3. Catfish tend to hang around logs and heavy cover.  When fishing in this situation, it is best to use a baitcasting reel with a strong line.
  4. Catfish bite best when the water temperature is 70 degrees or warmer.  Night time is also a excellent time to fish for catfish.
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