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Dock shooting becoming a popular fishing technique

An angler uses the "dock shooting" casting technique on Fort Gibson Lake. [PHOTO PROVIDED] 

An angler uses the "dock shooting" casting technique on Fort Gibson Lake. [PHOTO PROVIDED] 

Dock shooting, a way to cast where an angler uses a fishing rod like a slingshot to propel the bait into hard-to-fish waters, is becoming an increasingly popular method for catching crappie.

“It adds another element to your crappie fishing,” said Mike Taylor, who works for Gene Larew Lures and will be one of the instructors at “Catfish and Crappie Go To College,” a continuing adult education course which begins Wednesday night at Rose State College in Midwest City.

“To me, it almost adds a hunting aspect. You are using your rod and reel, cocking it back like a bow and shooting your jig back up underneath these docks. And it's fun.”

Dock shooting is a method of fishing that has been used for years by anglers, but seems to be gaining traction in the tackle industry.

Fishing rods are being marketed as dock shooting rods, and Bobby Garland Baits, which is owned by Gene Larew Lures, has a new bait called “Crappie Shooters” designed specifically for dock shooting.

The casting method involves using spinning gear with about 3 feet of line extending from the tip of the rod. A fisherman grips the bend of the jig hook, draws the lure back below the rod like a bow, aims at the target and then releases the jig.

The lure then skips over the water to get underneath docks, walkways, swim platforms and boat lifts, waters where crappie hang out but places where a jig or minnow can't be dropped into.

"The bass fishermen are doing it also, and Gene Larew has made a Bass Shooter lure," Taylor said. "It's the exact same shape as the Crappie Shooter except it's real big."

Dock shooting is just one of the topics on the fishing curriculum at Rose State College. Lake Eufaula crappie guide Todd Huckabee also will be offering his expertise.

“We fish totally different. Todd uses a 3-inch bait and 10-pound test line, and I am just the opposite,” Taylor said. “There is no one particular way to catch crappie.”

Taylor also will be teaching seminars at Bass Pro Shops in Bricktown on Friday and Saturday.

CRAPPIE AND CATFISH GO TO COLLEGE

What: Fishing classes on catching catfish and crappie

Where: Rose State College, Midwest City

When: Feb. 8, 13, 15 and 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day.

Cost: $89 per person for the entire 8-hour course

For more information: Call Rose State at 733-7392 or visit www.CrappieUniversity.com.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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