The weather couldn’t be more congenial for fishing — now is a good time to head for the water when the fish are biting best.
A serious sun hat is one item it’ll pay to have along for day times as well as sunscreen to keep the sun under control, and mosquito repellent (preferably with DEET) to ward off those unwelcome, pesky, ever-biting flying creatures. Polarized sunglasses are great to have along as well to help see what’s going on in the water. It’d also be a good idea to tuck away a towel and long-sleeved shirt with your fishing equipment. If you’re in a boat, how about a spare drain plug for the time yours develops problems and needs to be replaced. Having a knife, lighter and flashlight along just in case repairs are needed is an added plus.
Fishing at night this time of year (early in the morning as well) beats trying to fish in the bright sun with all the heat. Whatever works for you for catching bass during the day, will no doubt work at night. Keep a soft, diffused or ultraviolet black light handy to assist in changing lures, etc. A fluorescent line, like Stren clear blue is great to fish by and will detect the lightest touch of a fish. It’s great at night.
If you spit on your bait for luck, don’t! If you are a smoker, the human saliva can actually chase a fish away. Also offensive are scents from gasoline, motor oil, reel lubes, sunscreen lotions, insect repellents and perfumed soaps transferred to the lures and line from your hands — all of these can cause a fish to turn tail and run the other way.
If you have unscented baby wipes along, that will help in keeping your hands unscented or mask odors by rubbing your hands with grass or leaves or replace such smells with attracting scents from natural baits or even milk. In muddy waters where scent is especially important to the fish, using an agreeable odor is what you want to concern yourself with to rid the scent problem.
Try fishing ever-so-slowly with soft plastic worms for all types of cover for bass. Bury the hook in the 6- to 7-inch-long body Texas-style and weight it with a slip-sinker. Black, purple, motor oil or flametail are all good colors. Bass will also go after soft-plastic crayfish, salamanders, frogs and snakes. Or try rubber jigs with a pork trailer. Surface lures are good in the heat, but daytime hours are out. Crankbaits can also do the trick if they are worked slow.
Spinnerbaits work well if presented in a lift-and-drop manner along steep shorelines or tumbled over submerged ledges and drop-offs. Trolling with deep diving plugs is another method to try for finicky bass. Be persistent if you catch a small bass — chances are bigger bass are not far off.
• Desert Bass Anglers: Join in at the Sept. 7 Colorado River Tournament launching out of Fisher’s Landing. If you or your fishing buddy has a tournament-approved bass boat, you can fish one tournament as a non-member, then pay the $15 dues ($10 each additional family member) and get in on that great fishing fun along with all those fishing tips offered by the club. Call Mac or Bobbi McDermott at 726-1984.
• Yuma Pro Am Draw Series: Sign up at YumaProAm.com or with Bob La Londe at 580-1270 for the Aug. 25 tournament launching out of Fisher’s Landing with the draw meeting Saturday at Baron Fuels. A good way to fish with the club and learn the tricks of the trade with dues $15 prior to fishing.
• Wednesday Jackpot Derby: Sign up $5 each Wednesday by 8 a.m. at Fisher’s boat dock with the biggest fish weighed in, any species, taking the pot.
To fish the Swede Ferguson Monthly Memorial Bass Derby, sign up $10 anytime during the month and weigh in at Fisher’s boat dock. The winner will be determined the last day each month. Call Jimmy Phipps at 782-2207 on each of these derby’s.
• Bass class on the water: Learn how, when and where to catch bass at Yuma area waters with fishing guide Dave Willhide, with a bass boat and all necessary fishing gear provided. Call 726-2621. Ask Dave about bass fishing seminars for RV parks and home groups.
• Reward offered in deer killing: Game and Fish reports, “Up to $1,250 in reward money is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the possible illegal killing of a deer last year on opening day of the 2012 archery season for the species. The incident occurred between 6 and 11 a.m. Aug. 24 last year near the old airstrip north of Biosphere 2. Two individuals are suspected of involvement.”
“We know archery deer hunters frequent the area, and there is a good chance they may have witnessed this crime. Any information, no matter how small, may be useful,” said regional supervisor Raul Vega. “We need the public’s help. Poachers are not hunters, and those who commit these acts are stealing resources from the citizens of Arizona.”
Those with information about the case are urged to call the Game and Fish operation game thief hotline toll-free at 1-800-352-0700 and reference OGT #12-002327. Calls are taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information may also be provided online at www.azgfd.gov/thief.
• Big Boquillas Ranch hunt access 2013: Game and Fish reports ranch access for hunters will include an impact fee of $60 as part of implementing the new ranch rules, a recreational impact fee for most adults, and to govern allowable hunter activities.
The department has been working diligently to maintain hunting access to private lands on the Big Boquillas Ranch since concerns expressed by the range operator and landowner about behavior exhibited by some users of land managed by the ranch led to their questioning continued access in 2012.
At this point, there is no formal agreement between the department, Cholla Livestock LLC and the Navajo Nation. Cholla Livestock LLC has made the decision to exercise its right to implement ranch rules that include a recreational impact fee per adult for the upcoming hunt season, beginning with the August archery-only pronghorn and deer hunts. Ranch rules also address vehicular access, use of blinds, hunting in the vicinity of livestock waters and other practices related to facilitating hunting on a working ranch. Everyone entering the ranch will be under the same rules and have the same opportunity for access. For more information on the fee and ranch rules, including FAQs, notices and contact information, visitwww.huntbigboranch.com. Permits will not be required for entry to the ranch until Thursday.
The department, Cholla Livestock LLC, and the Navajo Nation, which is the private landowner for the area, will continue to work toward a signed agreement in the future that will ensure access is available and that ranch rules remain reasonable for our constituents.
• Refuse to be a victim class: A class is available at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sprague’s Sports and taught by NRA certified instructor Joann Schickle. Cost is $39. It’s an excellent non-firearm safety awareness class. Call 726-0022 or stop by Sprague’s to reserve a seat.
• Sponsors still sought for the Aug. 31 dove hunter’s barbecue: Anyone who might like to be a sponsor of this year’s barbecue hosted by Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club with a lot of raffles for great prizes at Yuma’s Pivot Point Conference Center is welcome. Call Jeff Miller at 941-1000 or Jim at 920-9091.
• Yuma Trap and Skeet Club: Open trap and skeet for all shooters 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays at Adair Park. Call Gary Knight at 329-0960 with questions.
Be sure to get in on the turkey shoot being held at the range beginning at 7 a.m. Aug. 25 for some great practice for dove season. Shooting, $5 a round, will continue all morning until there aren’t enough shooters for a squad. Turkeys will be presented to each round’s high score. All proceeds will be donated to the scholastic clay target program open to any interested youngster beginning in September.
Bring all the kids, both boys and girls, for the free youth shoot at the range for kids “big enough to hold a gun” to 18 years old. It’s a good opportunity for them to try their hand at it. First timers are most welcome; parents are asked to come along with the kids. Friends of NRA along with Mike Brick and his crew of mentors will furnish shooting equipment as well as eye and ear protection for the kids with safety first and always. Also on hand that day will be biscuits and gravy and coffee with hot dogs following as the morning progresses, provided by Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club, all at reasonable prices.
• Yuma Territorial Longrifles Club: Open black powder matches the first and third Saturdays at Adair Park with the monthly meeting proceeding the match on the first Saturday. Call Dennis Hansel at 342-7573.
• Yuma Matchmasters: Open matches at the Adair Park small bore range will sign up shooters at 6:30 a.m. the first Saturday for the Steel Challenge Match, the second Sunday for the IPSC Combat Match. Cowboy Matches on the fourth Sunday will sign up at 7:30 a.m. Safety meetings will proceed each match being shot. Call Bob Wiles at 920-2157 or Joanne Schickle at 502-1298.
• Southwest Bowhunters Archery Club: Archery shoots at 8 a.m. Sundays at Adair Park with the practice range open all week. Call Wayne Wittenberg at 314-0140 or Uschi House at 345-3770.
• Renegade Archers of Yuma: Because there is a lack of interest during our hot summer months, there will be no archery shoots at the Foothills Archery Range for now until after the first two weeks in September. However, if any archer wants to shoot the trail at the Foothills Archery Range at any time, give us a call and we’ll change plans accordingly. Call Kevin at 726-0953 or Jean at 247-4450.
• Cholla Gun Club at the Adair Park metallic silhouette range will resume shooting sometime in September. The range is open now to shooters for practice during daylight hours.
Contact Jean Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 247-4450.