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Wister baseball team's fundraiser, and time for some free fishing days

May 31, 2012

CHUCK'S CATCH — Chuck Restine displays the five-pound bass he caught earlier this week on a fishing trip with Outdoor Columnist George Midgley. Photo by George Midgley

First order of business is to let everyone know that the Wister Wildcats baseball team is selling tickets for an Oklahoma City RedHawks game, which will be June 23 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, for just $10 dollars each. That low price also includes a voucher for a free Redhawks hat. You can’t beat a deal like that!
For more information, call Coach John McAlester at (918) 413-0739 or Carolyn Bullard at Wister Schools at (918) 655-3132.
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Everyone needs to get out and do some fishing. If possible, introduce a child or newcomer to the sport of fishing. You can do it for free during Oklahoma’s Free Fishing Days, which will be Saturday and Sunday. On these days, a state fishing license will not be required. This is a really good timing, considering the weekly fishing report from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation indicates fishing season is in full swing — and the conditions are good at many area lakes.
The Wildlife Department's free weekly state fishing report is a great starting point to find just the right place to go. Every week, the fishing report provides a listing of lakes and the current state of angling success at that location. The reports are compiled by the Wildlife Department employees and volunteers, and cover lakes and other waters throughout every region in the state. This week's report says channel catfish fishing is excellent in the mornings, and crappie fishing is fair to good at four to 10 feet at Lake Arcadia — located northeast of Oklahoma City.
Take note that anglers fishing Lake Texoma should be aware that Free Fishing Days applies for all of the lake on Saturday, but only on Oklahoma portions of the lake on Sunday. Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to offer free fishing days about 30 years ago, and has since been followed by dozens of other states that have established similar days.
The Wildlife Department is encouraging anglers to take a short video clip of someone catching their first fish and sending it to Department through Facebook. The Wildlife Department's Facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/wildlifedepartment.
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I finally got to do some fishing this week. Monday morning, I headed over to Chuck Restine’s house, and he took me on a little fishing trip at a private strip pit over near his house.
This pit is slammed full of big ol' bass. Even though we only had about four hours to fish, we caught several good bass including one that Chuck caught that was more than five pounds. We also caught a couple greater than three pounds and several more than two pounds.
Those bass seemed to be interested in topwater baits, so we gave them what they wanted in the form of Rebel Pop R lures. There is nothing like watching a bass knock a topwater lure out of the water, and I can’t wait until we get to head back out and do it again.
Have a great week!
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Email questions or comments to gmidgley_golf@yahoo.com.

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