It was a very close one but Bill is our July Fish Pics winner with his Bill-Westbranch-Muskie pic. Bill will win a GIFT BAG ASSORTMENT OF TACKLE + (A FREE PIPE RACK T-SHIRT!!!) and bragging rights to all his fishing buddies. Thank you to all of our July participants for sharing your wonderful pictures with us. We are looking forward to see what pics we will get for August, and remember,…KEEP THOSE FISH PICS COMING!!!!
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth bass is one of Ohio’s most popular fish and can be caught in ponds, streams, rivers and nearly all inland lakes and reservoirs. Fishing methods in ponds and reservoirs are fairly similar, whereas those in rivers and streams are not unlike methods for catching smallmouth bass in such areas. These hardy, self-sustaining fish are plentiful among a variety of anglers and particularly popular among tournament fishermen. Tips Fish close to cover in muddy and heavily stained water. Retrieve perpendicular to cover. Dark-colored baits work well in the spring and lighter colors are best in the fall. Largemouth bass are often located close to or immediately next to cover after a strong cold front. Tackle Medium-to-heavy baitcasting, spinning or spin cast rods with 8- to 17-pound test line. Rod and reel selection will depend on the type of lures or baits being used. Season Summer (June-mid-September) Peak Activity Good Presentation Medium diving crankbaits in firetiger and chartreuse. Spinnerbaits in chartreuse and white. Spinning- drop shot or cast small worms.
We have Lunkerhunt Frogs!!! The Lunkerhunt Frog is the most lifelike frog currently available in the industry. They replicate adult and young frogs and feature an amazing swimming leg design that extends and retracts during retrieve for an astonishingly true-to-life presentation. Lunkerhunt Frogs behave just like a living frog would in the water. When paused, they rest at an advantageous 45-degree angle, which gives it a natural look and also results in higher hook-up percentages. They are designed with a soft-body that collapses easily upon attack and quickly exposes its razor-sharp double frog hook. This also results in higher hook-up percentages. Lunkerhunt Frogs feature high quality components and a weedless design. Available in some of the most vivid frog colors on the market. We have them in Yappa,Compact, Lunker, and Pocketvarieties. All right here at your friendly neighborhood Pipe Rack!
See-Through Sea Salps: These creatures are like something straight out of a science fiction movie. These tiny barrel-shaped organisms move through the water by pumping water through their gelatinous bodies, munching on phytoplankton as they go. Sea Salps are known for their unique life cycle, during which they exist both as individuals and part of a larger organism. Four-inch (10.2 centimeter) sea salps link together to make luminous chains up to fifteen feet (4.6 meters) long!
We have the M by Macanudo cigar! This is the first infused Macanudo, known simply as “M.” With rich, lingering nuances of single-origin gourmet Colombian coffee, this cigar is perfect to enjoy as your first stick of the day, or when you’re looking to wrap up your night. Handmade in the Dominican Republic, each M by Macanudo features an Indonesian Bezuki wrapper leaf with Phillipine Isabella binder tobacco and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Toast the foot and you’ll find notes of cedar, earth, and spice, backed by a strong coffee flavor for a creamy blend that’s just screaming to be paired up with a steaming cup o’ joe. The corona is just $8.45 and the toro is just $9.15, right here at your friendly neighborhood Pipe Rack!
Catfish: Catfish can be found across the Buckeye State, but they vary in types and sizes. Whether it is bullheads in farm ponds, channel catfish and flathead catfish in reservoirs and rivers, or blue catfish in the Ohio River, many anglers seek catfish not only for their fight but for their table fare as well. Catfish sustain populations by natural reproduction in many habitats but is not true in all of Ohio’s smaller reservoirs, many of which are stocked with channel catfish by the Division of Wildlife. Tips Anglers use a variety of scented baits since a catfish’s sense of smell and taste is excellent. The most effective baits include cut shad, prepared blood bait, chicken livers, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Keep tackle simple. When fishing on the bottom, use a fixed or slip sinker and when fishing the surface or suspended, try either a slip or fixed float. Hook sizes range from size 4 to 6/0 depending upon the size of fish you are seeking and the size of bait that you are using. Having a strike indicator is a good idea for catching catfish. Catfish do not “hit and run” like other fish, instead, they move very slowly away with baits. Tackle Rods and reels should be matched for the sizes of catfish that you anticipate catching. Standard tackle for channel catfish or bullheads includes medium spinning or baitcasting outfits with 10-12 pound line, whereas for flathead catfish or blue catfish, heavy rods and reels with 20- or 30-pound line may be required. Reels used for catfish should have a good drag system. Season Summer (June-mid-September) Peak Activity Excellent, especially at night Prepared baits start to work well this time of year, as do chicken liver, shrimp, crayfish or live fish. In general, the larger the bait, the larger the catfish. Catfish prefer deeper habitats during the day and shallower habitats while feeding at night. Productive night areas include shallow flats next to deeper holes and next to swimming beaches, particularly where the bottom is stirred up during the day.
We have Team Stopper Lures, Bass Stoppers! We have the Original, 2-hook weedless, and 3-hook weedless as well as the Magnum (features a larger profile then the Original stopper), Magnum 2-hook weedless, and Magnum 3-hook weedless. All in a wide variety of colors.
The Bass Stopper Lures Rigged Worm is a ready-to-fish, anise-scented worm with a hand-tied inside mono leader. The snelled hooks are evenly spaced and do not inhibit the worm’s supple, undulating action; if a fish hits, the odds are high that he’ll be solidly hooked! Great for bass and walleye. All between $2.28-$2.48! All right here at your friendly neighborhood Pipe Rack.