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April 15, 2017

Places To Fish In Tulsa – Look What I Found!

Yesterday was my day off so I decided to look for some places to fish in Tulsa.  I live in Tulsa, OK so I’m always looking for a good place to go fishing.  I know there are some nearby lakes but I wanted to see if there was anything local I could take my kids to and actually catch some fish.  I found a couple places I like.  There are actually a lot of small lakes and ponds you can fish in here in Tulsa.  Here are a few:

  • Metcalf Pond at 11th and Mingoplaces to fish
  • Garden Ridge Pond – Near 47th and Garnett
  • Hunter Park Pond – 91st street between Yale and Sheridan.
  • Arkansas River.

I am venturing out this season to find great places to fish in my own town.  I’m trying to take my kids fishing on a regular basis and I would like to stay close to home.  I continue to look for local ponds and there are a lot if you just drive down riverside drive between Tulsa and Bixby.

I caught a nice bass yesterday.

nice bassYesterday was my day off so I decided to try some fishing.  I went over to Metcalf pond, it’s right off 11th street and highway 169.  There are a few ponds in that area near Mingo river.  Anyway, I just walked along the banks and fished with my favorite rooster tail spinner and just a few minutes after I got there, I caught myself a nice bass.  There are also crappie and catfish in the lake, so I plan on returning soon with my kids.

I found some sunfish across the street.

There is another pond across 11th street and there was no one fishing there so I thought I would try it out. sunfish and crappie I spent a couple hours over there.  I tried several casts with my spinners and I wasn’t catching anything.  So I tried some worms and I caught a crappie and 3 sunfish.  Not a bad day.  If you are in the Tulsa area you should try out some of these little lakes.  You won’t be disappointed.

Drop me a line and let me know of any good fishing places you have found in Tulsa or surrounding areas.

Until next time…

Gone Fishing!

 

How to choose a fishing rod; My personal choice

What type of fish do you want to catch?Fishing Rods

It can be difficult to decide how to choose a fishing rod.  The first thing I would consider is what type of fish do you want to catch.  I like to use a fishing rod that is medium weight.  This way it is flexible enough for the smaller crappie and pan fish and it will still hold up if I get a good bass on the line.

If you are fishing for crappie or other pan fish, you want to use a lightweight fishing rod that is easy to manage.  You can cast and retrieve with ease and you are most catching smaller fish that don’t fight too much.  For bass you may want something a little heavier as they tend to give you pretty good fight and you can catch some bass that are 5 to 10 pounds.  So you definitely want something that will hold up.  When  it comes to catfish you want to get a good stout rod that can pull in those 20 plus pound big cats!

Where will you be fishing?

Boat FishingYou really should consider where you will be fishing from.  If you are on the bank you may consider a different rod than if you were out in a boat or possibly even on a dock.  Also, are you fishing salt water or fresh water?  Are you in a stream or fishing a lake?  The longer, more flexible rods are good if you are on the bank and need to cast farther out.  If you are boating you might want to go with something a little shorter, since you shouldn’t be casting as far away, being you are already on the water.  When in a stream or river it really depends on preference but you usually need something flexible to cast down stream.

Salt water fishing is a bit different.  While you can use the same rods for salt water, it’s best to get a good surf rod if you are fishing from the beach.  They are a lot longer and allow you to cast farther away from the shore.  If you are on a pier or dock, you can use the shorter, stouter salt water rod that is best for the bigger salt water fish.

What is your preference?

Everyone likes to know the “best” fishing rod, or best bait, best time of day, ect.  However, the great thing about fishing is that there are no real secrets. Fun Fishing Go out there and have fun.  Cast your line into the water and see what happens.  The only “secrets” are the ones you come up with.  Each angler has his or her favorite fishing spots, time of day, rod and reel and many other things they like to choose when they go fishing.  Some people will only fish with a particular rod because it’s their “lucky” rod.  So find your own lucky rod and catch some fish.

So, what is your go-to fishing rod?  Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time… Gone Fishing!

 

How To Catch Catfish From The Bank|3 Tips To Land The Big One

To me fishing from the bank is ideal for catching catfish.bank fishing

It’s a little different if you are talking about how to catch catfish from the bank of a river, or the bank of a lake.  In a river you will need to have much heavier weights to keep your bait in place.  In the lake you are going to be fishing deeper and might need to cast farther out depending on the size of the lake.  Either way there are some simple things to keep in mind when fishing for catfish from the bank.  If you are at a lake be sure you know your surroundings.  You don’t want to get your line caught in a tree or rocks.  If you have  never been to there before be sure you check things out before you decide on a spot to fish.

1.  Try several types of bait.


chicken liverThere is a lot of different bait you can use for catfish.  Personally, I’ve had a lot of luck using night crawlers.  If you are in a small pond that doesn’t get fished very often, night crawlers will probably work well.  However, in a bigger lake I like to use chicken liver.  I know everyone wants to know the best bait to use, but honestly its best to try a few different things and find out what is working that day.  Fortunately, catfish are not too finicky since they are scavenger fish.

2.  Most Catfish Are On the Bottom.


I have always fished on the bottom of the water for catfish.  Depending on the type of catfish, many are at the bottom of the mud catfishlake.  This is especially true of mud cats.  I would suggest using a good 1/2 ounce sinker on your line.  This will keep your bait on the bottom of the water.  If you are fishing in a river, I would say use at least a 2 ounce sinker to keep your line in place.

3.  Use Heavier Line


When I’m fishing for catfish I use at least 20 pound test fishing line.  Also, I use a steel leader and good catfish hook for my bait.  Catfish are pretty good fighters and you need to have a heavy line to bring them in.  Also, some catfish get really big and you never know when your gonna catch the “big one”.

I hope you enjoyed these few tips today and good luck out there!  I love to hear from my readers, so leave me a comment about your best catfish experiences

Live To Fish

I know it’s a little dramatic to say live to fish.  No one actually does live to fish do they?  Many people love to fish like I do, but Fishing Canoefew actually live to fish.  I have a friend who fishes more than anyone I know.  I think he might actually die if he was told he couldn’t fish anymore.  Of course he is older, retired and has a lot of time for fishing.  When he tells the stories of the fish he and his boys have caught he always has you on the edge of your seat!  He puts his whole life into it!  So this got me thinking.  Fishing can be used as therapy.  This post is going to be about the therapeutic qualities of fishing.

Do You Live To Fish?

Fishing Sunset

To live to fish you would really have to love it and spend a lot of time doing it.  I’m not talking about an addiction, on the contrary, a therapy.  When you go fishing you get away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  There is no Television, no bosses, no deadlines… just fishing.  You can hike out to a very secluded stream or just find a neighborhood pond.  Fishing  is a way to get vitamins from the sun and a work out from the walking and casting your line in the water.  Plus the joy and adrenaline rush when you catch the big one!  There is so much rest for your mind as you take in the scenery and enjoy the sound of birds chirping.  You can watch the gentle breeze ripple across the water.  It’s more than a  sport really, fishing is an experience.  Something that takes you away from any troubles you may be facing and allows you to commune with nature.  You get a chance to experience one of the most primitive instincts in humans, fishing.

Fishing Provides Physical Exercise.

Fish WadingSometimes when you fish you might hike into a secluded area.  When you do, you use some muscles that you may not use in day to day activities.  You use hand and eye coordination to avoid falling or tripping on rocks.  You may walk up hill and build your leg muscles.  Also, many times anglers wade out into the water, which is more excursion of your leg muscles, allowing you to burn calories.  So fishing doesn’t have to be just relaxing, it also can help you loose weight, burn calories and stay fit.

Fishing Helps Your Mental State.

When you see a beautiful sunrise coming up over the water and the birds are chirping in the trees as the cool breeze blows on your skin, it definitely can improve your mental health.  For many people being in touch with nature allows them to calm down and relieve stress.  When your body calms down, your mind also calms down.  You can think about situations in your life.  Maybe a day of fishing can help you get away from all the stress and actually think of a solution to some of the issues that have been bothering you.  I know for me, when things have been very difficult, I take time to go fishing all by myself, and most of the time I come back refreshed and better able to cope with the situation.

How about you?  I would love to hear your opinion.  Leave me a comment and let me know if you think fishing can be used for therapy.

Live to fish, fish to live!

Hans
hans@fishingwithhans.com

 

 

April 02, 2017

Take Me Fishing

If you have been reading my site you know by now I have been fishing all my life.  The phrase “take me fishing” is one that I Take me fishingremember saying over and over again as a young man.  Now that I’m older, I here my kids saying, “take me fishing”.  Well, it is usually, “Daddy, can we go fishing?”

To me fishing is more than a sport.  It’s a great way to connect with others.  There is something about getting outside in the fresh air.  Seeing the beauty of the water and the trees; its all very captivating.  Something I want to teach my kids is that life is more than just work and play.  It’s about enjoying this wonderful place called earth.  Part of enjoying life is getting outside and living it.

For me that means going fishing!  So next time your here someone say, “take me fishing”, don’t pass up the opportunity!

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so feel free to comment below or drop me an email at hans@fishingwithhans.com

Until Next Time, have fun on the water.

April 02, 2017

The Best Bass Fishing Lures

The Best Bass Fishing Lures

I love to bass fish.  However, if you are going to catch anything you have to have the best bass fishing lures.  The best lures canThe Best Bass Fishing Lures be hard to find.  I have used worms, spoons, spinners, top-water plugs, deep-water minnows and others.  The best bass lures really depend on the water, the time of year and the weather.  For example, in the spring it’s pretty easy to catch bass.  My go – to lure in springtime is a rooster tail spinner.  The reason is, they are easy to use and fish seem to love them.  I can’t remember a time in the springtime that I didn’t catch something using a rooster tail.

Just last week, I was fishing in a small pond.  I started out with simply a worm and bobber.  Not much luck.  So I got my trusty rooster tail out.  In a few minutes I was catching crappie and bass!  The nice thing about the rooster-tails is they smaller fish like them too, not just he bass.  So if you like to catch crappie and sunfish, which are usually close by, you can keep using the rooster-tail for all of them.

What is your favorite bass lure.  I would love to know, leave me a comment below or send me an email at hans@fisghingwithhans.com