The Stanley Draper Special

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about my 2-liter bobber, aka The Stanley Draper Special, and here are some photos on the rig I use while fishing at Stanley Draper Lake in Oklahoma. I didn’t come up with this rig. I learned it from watching my friend, JR, fish big catfish at Draper. I’m not sure where he got it from. Since then, I’ve shared it with others that’ve been interested. The basic idea is, it’s a slip bobber catfish rig.

The main line (65-80 lb braid) contains a bobber stop and bead, the 2-liter bobber and its bead, a 5 to 6 ounce sinker, and a swivel. The leader (30-50 lb mono) usually contains 1 to 2 hooks.

80 lb line, 2 bobber stop beads, 2 liter bottle attached using a snap swivel, 6 ounce weight, swivel, 30-50 mono, and 5/0 to 9/0 hook.


Here’s a closer look at the rig.

I use the clinch knot on the main line and leader.

How I attach the bobber to the main line. I personally don’t like running the main line through the hole on the bobber as it can end up becoming tangled up as the bobber tends to roll.

Using an eyebolt, the 2-liter is attached to the swivel.

The sail on the bobber is a frisbee attached by using an indoor/outdoor glue or an epoxy. The less weight, the better.

Paint the frisbee and 2-liter a highly visible color.

When sending it out, I like to use either a Penn level wind reel  and a strong boating rod.

Penn Peer 109, Penn Mariner II boating rod, 80 lb braid.


When you have a fish on the bobber, you’ll see the 2-liter stand upside-down.

3 lb blue catfish on live bluegill at Stanley Draper Lake.

Larger fish will take the 2-liter under water, like this 22 lb flathead.

22 lb flathead on frozen crappie at Stanley Draper Lake.

If you have any questions, please post a comment below.

What Democrats Have Wrong on DACA and the Dreamers via The Weekly Standard

The sad fact that most are missing with the mass-hysteria of #DACA is that it’s un-constitutional. If you want immigrants to enjoy the fruit of being in the United States, then wouldn’t stand to reason we’d protect that which enables everyone that said benefit? No; I’m not being a hater, I don’t hate my own kind, I’m not an enemy of Mexicans, and yes I do have compassion…that’s why it’s important to see past the hysteria people have given themselves into. Here’s an interesting article that explores my reservations.

If you feel that the Constitutional constraints on the president’s power should be ignored, are you willing to set a precedent that would allow the current resident of the White House to—with a stroke of the pen—lower taxes on the rich? Close down newspapers that displease him? Bar immigrants of a certain religion?

Source: What Democrats Have Wrong on DACA and the Dreamers | The Weekly Standard

Funky results

I search on Google for last year’s results, and the first offered is from this year…  hmmm.

If Democrats actually care about Dreamers, let’s make a deal | TheHill

President Donald J. Trump is the most pragmatic president in decades. He has made it abundantly clear that he is both a deal maker and feels compassion for children of undocumented immigrants. If Democrats actually care about them, now is the time to put down Twitter and stop raging on television. Come to the table to make a deal to save the Dreamers alongside the president and Republicans. Come to the table to govern.

Source: If Democrats actually care about Dreamers, let’s make a deal | TheHill

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