Volume 1, Issue 2, February 2015 - Page 6

It’s freezing out! I mean, you have to really want to catch a fish when the mercury drops below freezing because your equipment is going to give you fits, ice is going to form, and you’re going to get cold, but… that’s also the best time to snag a whopper paddle-fish (a.k.a "Spoonbill").

So, here we stand at the launch at 8 a.m. (quite chilled already) watching our guide Rusty Pritchard and his first mate Tommy Vaughn prepare Rusty’s SeaArk ProCat 240 for a day of paddlefish snagging on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees near the city of Grove, Oklahoma. They

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spoonbill snagging

Searching for an ancient treasure

by Pete Gregoire

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February, 2015

Mitchell Peitz with a gorgeous 43 lb. paddlefish snagged on Grand Lake o' the Cherokees, OK

Darryl Leidig and Mitchell Peitz proudly display Darryl's 49 lb. spoonbill.