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July 9, 2014

Night fishing tournament set for Saturday

McALESTER — Bass fisherman seeking an alternative to the scorching daytime temperatures should come to Lake Eufaula Cove on Saturday for a nocturnal bass-fishing tournament. Boats will take off at 5:30 p.m. and weigh in at 1 a.m.

There will be a four-bass limit, and all fish must be weighed in alive. No dead bass will be weighed in.

The tournament costs $35, $10 of which will go towards the big bass contest. The remaining $25 will go towards the tournament jackpot, which will pay out one place per seven boats that enter the competition.

Late entries will not be accepted.

Tournament organizer Lester Wray said this will be the first such Saturday night tournament at Lake Eufaula this year. He said night-fishing can be dangerous, so anglers should bring both a life jacket and flashlight along with working lights on their boats.

“We try to have them on the full moon,” Wray said Tuesday. “It’s a lot safer.”

With recent July temperatures repeatedly topping 90 degrees and heat indexes reaching even higher, water temperatures have risen as well. Wray recommended fishing in shadier areas along Lake Eufaula where the water’s cooler.

“Your bridge corners are really good because there’s shade there,” he said.

“It’s just like you. When you get a little hot, you’re going to find a shady tree where there might be a breeze blowing.”

Wray also recommended using darker-colored or even black bait. That might seem counterintuitive for nighttime fishing, but “You want black because it has more profile to it, more exposure, more target-definition to it.”

Bait that makes more noise and bigger splashes when it hits the water is also useful. While Wray said bass have very good eyesight, “It may take four or five throws before they can key in on it”

For more information, contact Wray at 918-470-2583.

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