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Adjusting to Oklahoma

by: Shane DuBois 6/25/2013
Hey guys, I mentioned I would try to update my travels etc with the move to Oklahoma, and well here is my first of many! I spent the past weekend at Sam Rayburn in south east Texas, running a youth state open tournament. It was the 1st annual of its kind, and it drew in 86 high school teams! Let me tell you something about these kids, they can fish! Biggest bass of the tournament was 8 pounds 12 ounces, with another pig right behind it at 8 pounds 9 ounces! Winning 5 fish sack was 23 pounds 14 ounces! It was a great experience to be a part of to say the least! Tomorrow I embark on my second trip since I was hired, and I get to go back home-ish to Lake Winnebago, near Oshkosh, WI! I just got back Monday morning from Texas, played catch-up for a day and half, and back to on the road again! I know I have only been working for 2 weeks now, but it does not feel like I am even working at all! I have been truly blessed to have this job opportunity!

I have only been able to fish twice since moving here, but I have already found my hole, and caught some pretty nice fish to start and settle in here in Oklahoma! My first Oklahoma fish was a nice 10-ish pound Flat Head catfish, followed by a 3 foot needle nose gar. Last night I got bored of catching gar so I decided to make a long cast into the these rapids with a Short-Lipped Travado, (gold) when BAM! That was quickly followed by my drag screaming, and me trying to run barefoot down the river bank, which is mostly rocks like you would find along the dam. After almost getting spooled twice, I managed to catch my first Oklahoma wiper, or hybrid as they call em here, and it came in at just a hair over 10 pounds!

I look forward to sharing more of my experiences, and until then, keep those lines tight Colorado!
Big Bass 8 pounds 12 ounces...nice bag of fish...Top 3 teams
Flat head...Gar...Wiper
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Member comments
FISHRANGLER, CO   6/25/2013 5:26:18 PM
Good to hear your doing well.
opencage, CO   6/25/2013 5:30:37 PM
That sounds awesome man, congrats! When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and it sounds like you're definitely having fun catching double digit Okie fish. Keep up the good work and enjoy Winnebago. Fun fishing!
sylvan, CO   6/25/2013 5:58:22 PM
Sweet sounds like your retired and traveling the states not working at all. Enjoy the experiences you'll have and tight lines.
Artsy, CO   6/26/2013 10:28:41 AM
Great job! I'm an oklahoman, and I really miss fishing in my home state. Lots of water and lots of fish! You can fish for monster bass in the lakes, and then swope down to the Rivers for Volkswagon size Cats, Gar, Drum and as you see Wiper. Enjoy!!
icefish, OK   6/26/2013 3:14:41 PM
I moved from Fort Collins, CO to Norman about a year ago, and still check up on the FxR to see what's new. It's great to see your OK catches! Keep posting!
Shane DuBois
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