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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 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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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Week Of July 18

July 25, 2011 7:41 pm
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

Reports show that the fishing is good in several locations.  Be sure to take your baitcasting reel or spinning reel and go catch the catch of the day.

Carl Blackwell: July 18. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water low 80s and stained. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling crankbaits. Catfish fair on all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Copan: July 18. Elevation below normal. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut shad and worms on bottom early and late on rod and reel. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: July 19. Elevation 1 3/4 ft. below normal, water 87 and dingy. Bluegill good on crickets and worms in the back of coves. Largemouth bass fair on topwater baits early morning. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: July 16. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water stained. Boaters need to be aware of underwater obstacles due to low water conditions. Catfish good on juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish. White bass good on Heddon Torpedo’s with a jig trailers and ripping them across the surface along the windy points and below the main dam during generation. Catfish good on cut bait and shrimp while generating below the dam. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits and buzz baits around structure and docks early and late. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand: July 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut or whole shad at 15 ft. Report submitted by Jim Littlefield.

Grand: July 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on frogs in shallow water early and late. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with fresh cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in deep water. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: July 18. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and tube worms in pumpkin color along shorelines, creek channels and riprap. 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 18. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on topwater lures and spinnerbaits early and late. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: July 18. Elevation below normal, water stained. Catfish slow on cut shad and worms on bottom with rod and reel. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Keystone: July 18.. Water 87. White bass good on plastic baits and rattletraps around points. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 18. Elevation normal, water 49 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on live shad at 1-2 ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Walleye fair on pink jigs at 1-4 ft. below Gore Landing. Trout good fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Watts. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: July 17. Elevation near normal, water near 80 and murky on the south end and muddy on the north end. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush piles. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits off main lake points at 10-15 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Sooner: July 19. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: July 19.. Elevation slightly below normal, water 89 and dingy. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms. Largemouth fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: July 18. Elevation normal, water low 80s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures. Catfish fair on flip-flops or juglines baited with cut bait or fresh shad and on doughbait at 18-21 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers in or near the docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 18. Water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and tube worms in pumpkin color along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on stinkbait and cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Knot To Use With Baitcasting Reel Part II

July 22, 2011 8:28 am
posted by Terry

Arbor Knot

The arbor knot is the next knot we will be reviewing. The arbor knot can be used on any type of reel. The arbor knot is perfect for anchoring the back of the reel to the spool center. To tie this knot, tie an overhead knot on the backing and tighten. Insert the knot between the reel foot and the arbor. Tie a second knot and tag it around the starting point of the backing. Wind the backing into your reel. You are now ready to feed the knot onto your spool. Relax and cast out to your favorite spot.

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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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Baitcasting Reel Review

July 20, 2011 8:21 am
posted by Terry

Pflueger

Fisherman are always on the lookout for the best reel to use. The baitcasting reel is a top pick with professional anglers. The baitcasting reel allows the anglers to have greater accuracy when casting. They also allow more accuracy with lure placement. When using the reel you can place your lure close to a shoreline and even butted up against a log. When using the reel you need to make sue you are holding the reel properly. This can be difficult for a new angler. To cast properly, hold the spool with your thumb and turn the rod so the reel is facing upward. Your reel will stay in this position throughout the cast. You will get acquainted with the right amount of thumb pressure the more you practice. The way you make a fishing knot can also have a great impact on your fishing success.

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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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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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