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. Continue reading “The Stanley Draper Special”

Venomous Water Moccasin or Harmless Watersnake?

I’m learning more about these snakes as I witnessed a large one off the pier at Stanley Draper Lake.


There are many harmless watersnakes (genus Nerodia) that are frequently confused with venomous Water Moccasins a.k.a. Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus). Sadly, harmless snakes are often killed out of fear for the safety of family and pets. Most people, even those who aren’t afraid of snakes, would feel safer if they knew how to rapidly identify snakes near water as harmless or venomous. So how can you tell them apart?

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