Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – November 30, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – November 30, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 458.07 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 11-23-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level in the lake continues to fall.

The bass fishing is good all over the lake on spinnerbaits, crank baits, umbrella rigs and C-rigs for all three species, try fishing real shallow out to 40 feet of water.

The bream fishing is still good with the prolonged warm weather – use crickets and crawlers in 5-30 feet of water. The crappie fishing has picked up and they can be caught in the pole timber or over and around brush piles in 10-20 feet of water.

The walleye are scattered out. Try dragging minnows and crankbaits in 28-40 feet.

The catfishing is good as well with a lot of different baits working, not a lot of people utilizing the bite.

The hybrid and white bass fishing is excellent all over the lake at different times of the day, with schooling fish and fish biting on structure as well. Use in-line spinners, topwater baits, spoons and swimbaits for the best catching.

Lockjaw Catfish Grips from Whisker Seeker Tackle

Lockjaw Catfish Grips

Several years ago I teamed up with Whisker Seeker Tackle to work with them on product design and development.

The goal has always been simple, to develop catfishing tackle products that are high quality, innovative and affordable.

I’ve not worked with Whisker Seeker Tackle on every single product they have been did work on the design and development of my Chad Ferguson Signature Series Catfish Rods, the Versa Rattle catfish rig rattles, Lockjaw Catfish Grips and several other products that have not been released yet.

This design and development typically is born from one of two reasons, either me looking for a product that does not exist or me looking for a “better mousetrap”, being frustrated with the performance or features of the other products available.

When I reached out to Whisker Seeker Tackle about developing a pair of catfish fishing grips it was out of frustration with all of the other products on the market. We started working on the design and development of the Lockjaw catfish grips around the same time we began developing the 7’6″ Medium Heavy Chad Ferguson Signature Series Catfish Rod so it took a little over three years of design, development and testing to create this finished product.

Here’s The Video

The Problem With Other Catfish Grips

When I started talking about building catfish grips with Whisker Seeker Tackle the problem was simple. There wasn’t any fishing grips available that had all of the features I needed and wanted and the grips that had some of the features cost nearly $200, which is absolutely crazy.

For years catfish anglers have been forced to use inferior fish grips to handle big catfish and there’s a lengthy list of problems. The solutions have been to use cheap plastic grips that fall apart quickly and have to be replaced often or metal grips that are made for handling fish that weigh ten to twenty pounds and aren’t built to withstand the abuse of monster cats.

None of the grips available included a swivel to withstand the abuse of big cats when they start doing a death roll.

And the biggest problem was that every single pair of grips I’d ever used was awkward and difficult to use. This leaves anglers fighting the grips and not the fish.

Lockjaw Catfish Grips
Lockjaw Catfish Grips

Lockjaw Catfish Grip Features

I’m pleased to say that we addressed every single complaint I had about catfish fishing grips when we built the Lockjaw Catfish Grips.

Here’s all of the features included in the Whisker Seeker Tackle Lockjaw Catfish Grips:

  1. Stainless Steel Construction: Everything that matters is built from stainless steel to prevent rust under freshwater or saltwater use.
  2. All Metal Construction (Of The Parts That Matter): The parts that take the day in and day out abuse when landing, handling and releasing big catfish are all built from metal.
  3. Extra Large, Heavy Duty Jaws: We built the jaws super heavy and extra thick so they wouldn’t bend, twist or fail under even the biggest catfish. The jaws are also extra large so they can not only handle smaller cats but can easily fit around the mouth of a true monster.
  4. 360 Degree Swivel: Ever had a monster catfish start doing the alligator death roll on you while locked into a pair of fish grips when landing or releasing? It’s not fun, they feel like they’re going to break your wrist and this is when most grips get lost in the water. With the 360 degree swivel on the Lockjaw Catfish Grips the fish can roll all they want and the handle never moves.
  5. Simple One Handed Operation: The jaws lock open and stay in position ready to land or handle a fish and then you push the release button and the jaws “lock” in place quickly with a simple and easy single handed operation.
  6. Locking Jaws: When you push the button and release the jaws on the fish the jaws lock in place and don’t open. It doesn’t matter what position they’re in, how much the fish moves or how feisty it is. The jaws don’t open no matter what happens, and they only get tighter.
  7. EVA Foam Grip: EVA foam grips for a nice comfortable handle and they don’t get slick when the grips or your hand is wet.
  8. Affordable: Best of all, not only do the Lockjaw Catfish Grips include all of the features needed but they won’t break the bank either!

Get more information on the Lockjaw Catfish Grips at the Whisker Seeker Tackle website.

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Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – November 23, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – November 23, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 458.12 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 11-23-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level in the lake continues to fall.

The bass fishing is good all over the lake on spinnerbaits, crank baits, umbrella rigs and C-rigs for all three species, try fishing real shallow out to 40 feet of water.

The bream fishing is still good with the prolonged warm weather – use crickets and crawlers in 5-30 feet of water.

The crappie fishing has picked up and they can be caught in the pole timber or over and around brush piles in 10-20 feet of water.

The walleye are scattered out. Try dragging minnows and crankbaits in 28-40 feet.

The catfishing is good as well with a lot of different baits working, not a lot of people utilizing the bite.

The hybrid and white bass fishing is excellent all over the lake at different times of the day, with schooling fish and fish biting on structure as well. Use in-line spinners, topwater baits, spoons and swimbaits for the best catching. The service’s website has been down and until it’s back up, call 501-940-1318.

Sharpen Electric Fillet Knife Blades Easily (Work Sharp Review)

Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener Serrated Blades

I like my knives SHARP, everything from my fillet knives and bait knives to my electric fillet knife blades. Plus for years I’ve had this issue with not having an easy way to sharpen serrated electric fillet knife blades. I like the Mister Twister electric fillet knife blades in my electric fillet knives when cleaning catfish. The problem I had was when the serrated electric fillet knife blades get dull they had to be replaced because there wasn’t an easy way to sharpen them, until now.

My family bought the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener for me for Fathers Day this year. It made quick work for cleaning up my fillet knives and bait knives and was a great tool for this job and then when reading the manual I found the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener also sharpens serrated knife blades so I gave it a test on my Mister Twister electric fillet knife blades and it did an amazing job on these as well.

I’ve got a box with hundreds (if not thousands) of these electric fillet knife blades that I’ve retired from fish cleaning because they got dull so I’ve been working my way back through them sharping them so I can keep using them to clean catfish. This alone has been worth every penny the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener costs (even though it was a gift).

In this weeks video I walk you through some of the features of the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener and using it to sharpen your fishing knives as well as the serrated blade attachment and how I’m using this to sharpen my Mister Twister Electric Fillet Knife Blades.

Here’s The Video:

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SeaArk Cat Rack and Catfish Boat Road Racks [Do You Need One]

SeaArk Cat Rack Catfish Boat Rod Rack

In recent years rod racks have become popular on catfish boats. These racks run from the port to starboard side across the back of the boat and are built to hold fishing rod holders.

The basic idea of a catfish boat rod rack is to allow you to spread fishing rod holder across the back of the boat and raise them up to a “working” level so you’re rod and reels are easier to access when catfishing.

Catfish boat rod racks are very popular with anglers who fish in rivers, here’s why:

  • Most catfish anglers that target catfish in rivers with current will fish from the back of the boat when anchored.
  • There’s a variety of other catfishing techniques used for river catfishing that would’t involve fishing from the back of the boat like controlled drifting or “bumping” but when fishing anchored the overwhelming majority of anglers fish from the back of the boat.
  • The nose of the boat is anchored into the current and anglers fish from the back so they’re working with the current.

Having a rod rack isn’t a necessity for catfishing in rivers, there’s many anglers that don’t use them, it’s just a matter of personal preference and fishing style.

If you’re fishing style doesn’t put you in position to primarily fish off the back of the boat then a rod rack really serves no purpose on your catfish boat. If you primarily fish in lakes and reservoirs you may find that you don’t fish from the back of the boat often or at least on a limited basis.

Here’s The Video

Here’s Why I Never Used Rod Racks:

Here’s why I never used rod racks on the back of my catfish boats.

  • There’s times when targeting blue catfish in the spring where I fish primarily from the back of the boat due to wind but that could change on a daily or even hourly basis.
  • When fishing from any part of the boat and fishing anchored I need to be able to access the front and back of the boat to keep the boat from swaying when on anchor.
  • Most “stock” designs are expensive to buy, expensive to ship and many typically interfere with accessing hatches, live wells and compartments.
  • Most stock designs typically require permanent installation on the boat. This means a huge obstruction on the back of the boat that’s occupying space, something to work around and step over that’s taking up space.
  • Custom options can be expensive are require some effort in design and engineering to get right and in many cases they don’t look great.

The bottom line is I didn’t want a huge fishing rod rack taking up space on the back of the boat that I was constantly having to work around and step over that I was only going to use for limited periods of time.

The SeaArk Cat Rack Rod Rack Is Different

When I ordered my 2016 SeaArk ProCat 240 they’d recently come up with a design for a new fishing rod rack called the “Cat Rack” that they wanted me to try.

It solved all of the problems I’d had with rod racks in the past so I decided to give it a try.

  • The SeaArk Cat Rack mounts into the slide track on SeaArk boats so there’s no drilling or permanent mounting, it can be installed or removed quickly and easily with four bolts.
  • Because the SeaArk Cat Rack mounts in the slide track system on the rails I can adjust the position moving it forward or backwards as needed.
  • It’s built specific for SeaArk Boats so you can open all of the compartments.
    • I can still open the live well and back compartment on the ProCat with the SeaArk Cat Rack installed.
    • It doesn’t interfere with trimming the motor up.
  • It’s easily removed, just 4 bolts and a one man job.
  • It’s built so it can be stored easily or even broken down almost flat.
  • The SeaArk Cat Rack itself has an integrated slide track so rod holders can be easily mounted to the rack and their position are adjustable.

SeaArk Cat Rack Catfish Boat Rod Rack
SeaArk Cat Rack Catfish Boat Rod Rack
SeaArk Cat Rack Catfish Boat Rod Rack

Should You Have a Rod Rack On Your Catfish Boat?

If you fish in rivers and primarily fish from the back of the boat it’s a matter of convenience and personal preference but they’re definitely helpful.

If you don’t fish primarily (or often) from the back of the boat then you don’t need a rod rack. It’s most likely just something that will get in your way.

If you fish in lakes and reservoirs like I do, your use for a rod rack will probably be limited or specific to seasonal patterns or specific techniques. I’ve relied on the Cat Rack some in the spring and have used it extensively in the fall and winter.

The SeaArk Cat Rack is perfect for my boat and fishing style.

I’d never install a rod rack on my catfish boat that couldn’t be quickly and easily removed or installed since my use is limited. When you’re not using it it’s difficult to work around (especially when anchoring the back of the boat) so being able to have it on the boat only when it’s needed makes the SeaArk Cat Rack a perfect solution!

You can get more information and pricing and the SeaArk Cat Rack here at the SeaArk Boats website or through your local SeaArk dealer.

For more information on the rod holders shown in the video visit the Driftmaster Fishing Rod Holders website.

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