June 2018
Howle's Hints

June Fishing Boon

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
~ George S. Patton

 

Any day of the month is a good day to go fishing, but the almanac says June 13-28 are the best.

General George S. Patton was possibly thinking of fallen war heroes when he made this quote, but it makes me think of Billy Graham. Born Nov. 7, 1918, on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, Graham’s humble beginnings eventually took him to the pinnacle of preaching the Gospel to as many as 215 million people in live audiences across 185 countries, and this was not counting the millions he has addressed through radio, television and the written word. God chose this humble farmer to take his message across the modern world.

After World War II, Graham spoke out against the evils of communism when he said, "Either communism must die or Christianity must die because it is actually a battle between Christ and anti-Christ."

I know Graham must have been shocked to see segments of modern society and leaders in the highest levels of our American government be supportive of the communist ideology.

Graham was truly a man of integrity, but he would be the first to tell you that he is a simple sinner saved by grace.

One reporter from USA Today attempted to sum up Graham’s integrity, "He was the evangelist who did not rip off millions (Jim Bakker) or run with prostitutes (Jimmy Swaggart) or build a megachurch (Joel Osteen) or run for president (Pat Robertson) or run a Christian political lobby (Jerry Falwell)."

Even though he was a world-renowned evangelist, I guess Billy Graham was just a simple man with a simple message.

An elderly preacher approached Graham in 1954 and said, "I’ve been here every night and heard only one message."

This was actually a compliment because Graham’s simple message never changed. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Billy Graham passed away at his home in North Carolina Feb. 21, 2018, at the ripe old age of 99.

If you have the time, check out "My Hope America" on YouTube, and you can hear Graham’s last message for America.

 

The Moon in June

For years, farmers have used the moon’s signs and phases for preparing plantings and undertaking jobs around the farm. According to the almanac, June 8-9 are the best days for cutting hay. June 2, 3, 21, 22, 29 and 30 are the best days for setting eggs. June 13-28 are the best days for fishing.

I disagree with the fishing part. I think any day is a good day when you can go fishing.

           

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(1) This photo shows the first step of the Texas-rig. Insert the hook into the end of the worm. (2) Push the worm up to the curve. (3) Slide the hook out the side of the worm, and slide the worm up the shaft until it sits on the offset angle near the eye of the hook. (4) Insert the hook halfway into the belly of the worm so the hook will be weedless. Bass will still be able to bite through the rubber of the worm and set the hook. (5) To complete the rig, slide the bullet weight down the line onto the top of the hook. The bullet weight should look like the worm’s head.  


A Sure Bet for Bass

Whether you are fishing from a farm pond or in your local lakes and rivers, one of the most productive and functional lures is a plastic worm hooked up Texas style. I’m referring to the Texas-rigged rubber worm. This rig is simple to create, weedless and probably the most versatile lure available for bass. Follow this five-step method for creating your own Texas-rigged lure.

Start with a fishhook with an offset angle under the eye. This allows the end of the worm a chance to slide into place under the eye. Also, make sure you have a bullet weight already in place on the line.

Insert the hook into the head of the worm and slide down until the worm head meets the sharp curve in the hook, and then slide the hook out of the worm.

Slide the worm up the shaft of the hook until the worm is over the eyelet of the hook above the offset.

Next, insert the sharp barb into the worm’s belly, making sure the worm remains in a straight line. This will allow the worm to be weedless as it travels through debris in the water.

Once the worm is properly hooked, the bullet weight should slide down the line on top of the worm, making it look like the weight is the head of the worm.

 

Fish with Finesse

To successfully fish with a Texas-rigged worm, use finesse. If you are in a boat, cast toward the bank and let the worm land as closely to the bank as possible. Slowly retrieve the worm. Let the worm bounce along the lake floor slowly with a sporadic, nibbling motion. You want the worm to look like it is feeding slowly on the bottom as it is retrieved back toward the boat.

If you are not fishing in a boat, you can fish along the bank casting parallel to the bank and retrieving slowly, allowing the worm to drag and bounce along the bottom.

If you find a corner of the lake where there is deep grass growing, this weedless lure works great to entice a strike from bass hiding in deep grass. Being weedless, it can be pulled through grass and the hook easily set if you do get a strike.

 

This June, take a break from the hay and cornfields and take the time to wet a line.

 

 

John Howle is a freelance writer from Heflin.