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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

• A Night Of Learning

After watching Hank Parker do some summertime fishing on the Monday show this week, I have a newfound desire to throw a Carolina rig. I took notice of the length of line he was using in relationship to the placement of the sinker. I also paid attention to his technique and side sweeping hook set as well as the size of the hook on the rig. I agreed with his preference to use a lizard over a worm. It has been my experience that a lizard worked along the bottom really slow gets some good hits when a worm may not produce. I was using a craw on my c-rig and thinking back, I probably should have gone with a little more personal experience to guide my lure choice. I will say that this show was much more enjoyable than watching him out on El Salto. Any time a show gives tips and offers more in depth discussions, I give them a thumbs up because that kind of content is frequently lacking in a fishing show.

The In-Fisherman show was on just prior to Hank Parker. I enjoyed watching the catfish segment as I'm also into fishing for channel cats. You'd be surprised how many bass I catch fishing tight line for catfish, especially with nightcrawlers. Funny how the so called drop shot rig has taken off lately as a viable bass rig. Doug Stange wasn't using nightcrawlers, though. He chopped up some fish for bait. It was still nice to see a little bit of time spent dedicated to catfish.

I did come away from the show with one of my questions answered. I have spent a significant amount of time online looking for explanations of how to Texas rig a 10-inch worm. I have some big Gene Larew worms in my box and always wondered if I should be hooking towards the head just like any other worm or if, with the additional length, whether I should put the hook down a little further on the worm. I've been told that bass do tend to hit at the head of the worm despite the large size. From now on, I'll opt for at a minimum, a 5/0 EWG hook with a bullet weight pegged at the front.

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