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Vacationing in Australia With a Fishing Boat

August 11, 2013 2:15 pm
posted by Terry

Fishing Boat

How long has it been since you have taken a real fishing vacation? With so many beautiful lakes in Australia,  it’s really tough to pick the right place. For fishing and houseboat accommodations , many fishermen prefer Lake Eildon.

For many reasons, Lake Eildon  seems to be the most popular fishing lake in Australia. Lake Eildon is located near Melbourne. Fishing is permitted all year around at Lake Eildon.  Fish such as Murray cod, perch, redfin, and carp can be caught at this lake. However, brown and rainbow trout are released several times a year by a local hatchery. These fish may weigh anywhere from 3 to 5 grams a piece.

Besides fishing, many vacationers come to Lake Elidon  to be able to relax on the lake in their houseboat. With 540 miles of shoreline, Lake Elidon has the perfect spot to dock your houseboat. Currently, Lake Eildon is the home to over 700 houseboats at this time. In addition to houseboats, many vacationers bring their own fishing boats, speed boats, power skies and sail boats.

Fishing from the banks is fine but having a fishing boat to fish from is a wonderful experience. Spending summer vacations on the Lake Eildon with the family can provide enjoyable memories for years to come. The kids and grandkids will also cherish the quality time. So if you have been thinking about purchasing a boat, be sure to choose a boat that will meet your vacationing needs for now and your retirement needs.

For some awesome deals on fishing or house boats, I would encourage you to check out www.tradeboats.com.au. They have used and new fishing boats for sale.  Any of these boats would provide the ultimate Australia  fishing experience. So if you are tired of fishing from the bank, maybe it’s time to buy a boat for your next fishing vacation in Australia.

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report for Week of Sept 28

September 29, 2011 8:54 pm
posted by Terry

Looking at the fishing report below the fishing is slow in several places.  Trout fishing is good on the surface below the Lower Illinois.

Copan: September 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel and flathead catfish slow on cut shad and worms below the dam. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around structure and Copan Point. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Hulah: September 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish slow on cut shad and worms below the dam. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around structure in Skull Creek. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Hudson: September 27. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, buzz baits and crawdad colored jigs. White bass fair to good on small lures in the upper end of the lake. Blue catfish fair to good on cut shad. Crappie good on small jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Lower Illinois: September 26. Elevation normal, water 46 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures in coves. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on live shad at 1-2 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and 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. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Tenkiller: September 26. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, topwater lures and soft plastic baits. White bass fair on spinnerbaits, spoons and jigs when schooling. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in docks. Catfish fair on juglines baited with shad. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Week of Sept 21

September 26, 2011 8:43 pm
posted by Terry

Copan: September 18. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel and flathead catfish good on cut shad and worms below the dam. Crappie slow no minnows and jigs around structure at Copan Point. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: September 20. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 70 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 13-15 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: September 18. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on Biffle Bugs and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. White bass excellent trolling silver spoons and white crankbaits along shallow rock piles and humps in the middle of the lake. Catfish excellent drifting cut shad and white bass sides on the flats between the Hwy 51 Bridge and the dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Greenleaf: September 19. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, bill baits and jig-and-worm along shorelines, brush structure, creek channels and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom near the spillway. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: September 19. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and buzz baits early and late. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Fishing looks good at several locations around the northeastern section.  Fish are biting be sure to go out and catch some fish. You will need that baitcasting or spinning reel to go catch a fish.

Hulah: September 18. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around structure in Skull Creek. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Keystone: September 19. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 73. Largemouth bass fair. White bass fair. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: September 19. Elevation normal, water 49 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures in coves. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on live shad at 1-2 ft. in mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and 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. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: September 18. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water mid 70s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits at 10-15 ft. off main lake points. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Spavinaw: September 20. Elevation slightly below normal, water 70 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.

Webbers Falls: September 19. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig-and-worm along riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait along mudflats and on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12 ft. around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

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The Double Surgeon Knot

August 1, 2011 10:00 am
posted by Terry

Double Surgeon Knot

This is an ordinary one, but a good decision if the lines are irregular. Place the leader and tippet next to each other overlapping six inches, ends facing opposite. Take the front leader and the end of the tippet and tie an overhand knot with the leader end and tippet itself. The whole tippet length goes through the overhand loop entirely and, while small, is not tightened. Pass through again using the new loop through the existing one again. Pull on the leader and tippet, and your knot is complete. This is a tippet to leader 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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The Nail Knot

July 27, 2011 2:47 pm
posted by Terry

Nail Knot For Fly Line

A common fly fishing knot, the ‘nail knot’ is a rudimentary must-have for the professional fisherman. It involves the attachment of a small object, such as a tube twice the diameter of the line, to the fly line itself, and then attaching the line to the backing. Place the object at the end of the fly line with about two inches of excess, making about a two inch loop at the weighted end of your leader. Pinch the loop to the object. Next, get the small end of the leader loop and wrap about five times around the object and actual line. Each ‘wrap’ should be at least one-half inch from the end of the fly line. Move the thumb forward to keep it from unwinding, and move the end of the leader through the tube from right to left. Remove the tube, and tighten the knot by tugging both ends of the leader. The idea is to make it more consistent with the fly line. Complete the knot by pulling the line through, trim the leader excess, and you’ve finished the nail knot. It is a leader to fly line knot.

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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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Catch of the Day

May 23, 2011 9:10 am
posted by Terry

Pflueger Summit Fly Reel

If someone wants to be “the man”, then they have to end their fishing trips with the catch of the day. The only way that anyone is going to be able to do that is by having superior equipment. When someone speaks of superior equipment, they are of course talking about the pflueger trio.

The first advantage a fisherman is going to experience with superior equipment is more accurate casting. This allows fishing near the brush or under a tree. It’s impossible to catch the biggest fish of the trip if the lure never gets put in front of them.

The next advantage a fisherman is  going to experience with the pflueger trio is professional control. This offers two distinct advantages. The first advantage this gives the fishermen is greater lure control, which is going to better entice the larger fish into striking. The second advantage gives the fisherman more response from the setup. The fisherman is going to feel the strike easier and this setup will give more feedback. No longer will a fisherman try to set the hook when he gets snagged on a little bit of moss.

The pflueger trio is truly the difference in bringing home money at the end of the tournament, or simply going home unhappy wondering why other anglers are able to land the trophy fish.

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Tips – Bait For Trout Fishing

May 20, 2011 10:03 am
posted by Terry

Trout

Anglers often wonder what type of bait is best when angling for trout. Live bait such as
night crawlers or minnows is a favorite of trout and is recommended in early spring when flies have not hatched yet.

Spinners can be used with the Pflueger summit fly reel and when the spinner is dressed, it will appeal to larger trout. Stream trout are generally smaller and a regular spinner will allow anglers to catch a greater number of fish using this type of lure. The rotation of the spinner can cause the fishing line to tangle, so the use of a swivel is advised to counter the rotation. They are simple to use and a successful method is to delay reeling in and jerk the spinner. This action mimics a dying minnow and will tempt a trout to strike.

Trout can be caught with the use of insects and fly fishing is a popular choice for anglers. The Pflueger summit fly reel will allow fishermen to use wet or dry artificial flies. Live bait is also an option and trout will be attracted to grass hoppers and crickets. Rainbow trout in particular are often hooked with fly bait.

When fishing with a Pflueger summit fly reel, the fish are sure to bite with the right type of bait. Anglers who research conditions and trout preferences for their favorite fishing locations will be rewarded with a successful outing.

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Four Tips For Fly Fishing For Trout

May 19, 2011 10:07 am
posted by Terry

Pflueger Summit Fly Reel

Fly fishing is an active sport that requires expertise in catching fish. One of the more popular brands of reels is the pflueger fly reel. The pflueger summit fly reel comes in different types and categories.

Having good quality equipment for catching fish is one of the pre requisites for enjoyment of the sport and the pflueger summit series reels will offer you that advantage.

The price range of these type reels is affordable and kept within reason. Starting out with the proper reels is the key to enjoyment for this sport so making sure that a fly reel is purchased with a pflueger summit fly reel is almost a requirement.

Of course there is a lot to fishing techniques and knowing how and where to fish are are also keys to success. This article will list four tips that will give a head start in knowing how to set up and identify where the fish may be residing. Doing the homework before stepping foot in the stream will be identified as an experienced angler.

This will help make the whole day a lot more enjoyable and productive in finding and catching the trout. Being aware of the habitat surroundings will go a long ways in being marked as an expert fly fishing master.

Tip 1. Tackle boxes. Of course having a tackle is a must but being organized and having the type lures that you need for the situation is just as important. Having a working tackle box along with accessory boxes that contain categories of lures separately is important to prevent any type of chemical reaction that may happen from the different lures. Having tackle boxes for different seasons is also an important tip to note and being properly organized will help in an enjoyable session for fly fishing.

Tip 2. Note if the water is choppy. Choppy waters mean that fish need to expend more energy to find food. Look for small breaks or fords just away from the choppy waters. This is a haven for fish that are tired for looking for their food and are resting in this place. If you’re fly fishing with your brand new pflueger fly reel then you can take advantage of this situation by catching trout that may be resting in these pools of water.

Tip 3. Match the food being eaten. Finding the type food that is being eaten requires a keen eye. Fish in general like to eat bait that are in its surroundings. Asking the local bait shop on what the fish are biting on is one tip. But another more realistic one would be to look for flies that are in the immediate fishing area. Try to match fly lures to the flies that are flying around there.

Tip 4. Using an indicator bobber. If the fly is attached to an indicator in an area of slow movement of water, waiting and watching the indicator will be the score to success. Having small choppy bounces of water will make the fly bob up and down naturally and make the fish think that this is the real thing. Sit back and relax when using this type setup until the strike sets in.

The only thing left to do is to take heed on these tips and start catching.

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