August 11, 2008

Events Focus on Upcoming Hunts


Are you ready for hunting seasons? Believe it or not, they're just around a muggy, "dog days" late-summer corner, and local events are being held in conjunction.

The Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic gets under way this weekend, and the Broken Arrow store will have a number of outdoors celebrities there Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Those who will be at the store, meeting visitors and answering questions will be: Michael Waddell, the host of two of the most popular TV hunting shows; Jim and Angie Ryan, also hosts of several television programs and members of the RedHead pro team; and Dr. Grant Woods, a noted biologist who specializes in managing deer and other wildlife habitat.

Bass Pro is also beginning a series of free seminars. Dr. Barry Lockhart of the RedHead pro staff will be speaking Saturday on related subjects. Heath Herje of RedHead will hold free seminars Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be a free gun safety seminar Saturday in the store at 10 a.m., and the first 100 attendees will receive a gun safety lock from Project Child Safe. In addition, there will be a number of other fall season-related seminars presented in the store Saturday, all geared to get hunters ready for the nearing seasons.

For complete schedules, and information on other upcoming events, visit

Summer fishing: It's the very peak of the miserable "dog days," but despite the weather a lot of fish are being caught. Drift fishing for catfish with cut shad is reportedly excellent on Fort Gibson, and lots of sand bass are schooling there in deep water, where they can be caught with a variety of lures such as slab, structure and jigging spoons.

"The summer sand bass fishing has finally really opened up here now and should be excellent for another month or so," Ivan Martin of Grand Lake reported at mid-week.

In addition, Martin and his clients are also catching some good- sized blue catfish, mixed in with the sand bass, on the same jigging spoons which are producing sandies.

The longtime guide (918-260-7743) and his customers are catching those fish over deep water humps and other structure, at depths of about 15-20 feet, on jigs, grubs and the spoons.

Grand Lake has a daily limit of only 20 sand bass and/or hybrids, of which only five may be 20 inches or longer.

Good eating fish: As noted, sand bass fishing is absolutely terrific now on almost any big area lake you want to choose. We'll have a personal report on a wonderful day on Fort Gibson in upcoming reports.

Sand bass caught during this extremely warm-water time of the year need to be taken care of properly if you want some good eating later.

Sand bass tossed into a hot, crowded livewell for several hours - - in 100-degree mid-day hours -- are not going to be great table fare later.

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