All posts by Rick McFerrin

Tim’s Ford 8-8-2022

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I fished Tim’s yesterday morning from 5:30 until 10:00—Caught 7 Small mouth and lost 2 good fish at the boat,  just didn’t have them stuck good. The fish above  both measured right at 19 inches each and the  2 that I lost was that size as well. Those bite were all on the same bank that historically produce good in the dog days of summer-but when the sun got on it “I” couldn’t stay there—to hot for me.  I believe that you could fish it at night and do really good. The others were scattered here and there. All on Sufix  10lb Yellow Performance Braid and a Sufix 8lb Fluorocarbon Leader. www.sufix.com  VMC 3/16th Weedless Finesse Jig and a VMC Shaky Head Jig with soft plastics on both. www.vmc hooks.com  ***Truthfully  with the gas prices the way they are it’s hard for me to justify spending that kind of $$$ on a 3 or 4  hour trip—I’m looking forward to cooler fall and winter temps——which equals longer trips! More when I have it.  Thank you for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Woods 6-10-2022

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I fished Woods this morning for 5 hours. I caught the 5 above and had 2 others that got off. I had  3 on a Rapala DT6 Green Gizzard Shad www.rapala.com on 6lb test Sufix  Clear Blue Pro Mix Mono www.sufix.com I always use a #1 VMC Duolock Snap on all my cranbaits. It give them a little more freedom which can make a big difference at times.   The others on a Texas rigged soft plastic 1/16th VMC Tungsten Worm Weight-pegged with a VMC Sinker Stop and a 2/0  1x Round Bend Worm Hook www.vmchooks.com  20lb Yellow Sufix Performance Braid with a 10lb Sufix  Fluorocarbon leader.  Everything for me was very shallow.  More next week–I hope to take my 4 year old Grandson Marshall out on Monday to do some pan fishing-going to be a lot of fun. Thankd for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Nick A Jack 5-24-2022

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Fished NAJ today  from 7am until 12:30 with long time friend Jay Arnold.  What you see above was the best of 14 that we put in the boat-we also had several get off.  Everything we caught was in 5 feet of water or less and most on a square bill——and I think maybe 2 or 3 on soft plastics rigged on Sufix 20lb Yellow Performance Braid and a 12lb Sufix Fluorocarbon leader www.sufix.com.  I was using a VMC  #2 Worm Hook and a VMC 1/8 Tungsten Worm Weight pegged with a VMC Sinker Stop www.vmchooks.com.  Thanks for visiting my site—more to come Lord willing. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Quick Jigging Rap Story

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I love May and June for pan fishing. So I fished Center Hill Monday looking for Shell Crackers and big Blue Gill. I caught and released multiple (What dad called) SNUB NOSED BLUE GILL. At least 20 or more bigger than you hand-BUT only 1 Shell Cracker. I looked for them until it was getting hot around noon (near 90) and decided to head back in. As I was running toward the bridge at Siligo I saw a nice size bust  out in the middle of the Chanel. I had a 1 inch Shad color Jigging Rap tied on a light action rod with Sufix 6lb Pro Mix Mono www.sufix.com  so I stopped dropped the Ultrex and there they were 20 feet down in bait. I set the spot lock dropped the Jigging Rap made 2 or 3 snaps and wham one of the Large mouth you see above-2 more drops 2 more hook ups 1 more large mouth and I lost 1 of the biggest Spots that I have had on on Center Hill. Then it was over! It was a matter of the right place at the right time using the right lure. I started fishing a Rapala Jigging Rap www.rapala.com back in the 60’s and 70’s Ice Fishing in northern Indiana and Michigan and caught a ton of fish. BUT I soon learned that the Jigging series lures from Rapala works in open water applications just as well.  Rapala offers a Jigging Rap-Jigging Shad Rap–Jigging Snap Rap–Jigging Flat Rap and a “New Jigging Shadow Rap” Each with their own techniques—-multiple sizes weights and colors. There are also all kinds of videos on the Jigging series on our site at Rapala.com and on line as well.  If your a Walleye fisherman you need to check out some of Al Linders videos on Jigging Rap Walleye. No matter what lake your fishing having a Rapala Jigging Rap on when you leave the dock for deeper suspended fish is a very good idea. Check them out at Rapala.com “NOTE” with gas prices the way they are I will only be making 1 trip a week-but I will post what ever the results. Thanks for visiting my site  Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Tim’s Ford w/0 5-2-2022

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What a great week!!!!! No not because of the size or numbers of fish BUT it is my first time on Tim’s for over 3 months because of my total knee replacement. To say I’m excited doesn’t come close to how I feel.  I fished Monday alone and today with long time friend Jay Arnold in his new boat. The 7 above were the best of 12 for the 2 trips.  Could not get a moving bait bite either day everything on Sufix 10lb Yellow Performance Braid and a 8lb Sufix Fluorocarbon leader. www.sufix.com  I rigged soft plastics on a 3/16th ounce VMC Weedless Finesse Jig–www.vmc hooks.com I hope to fish at least twice next week-I’m still taking therapy and will for the next several weeks  AND THAT’S OK!  Thank you for all your patience concerning my site hope to give you new info each week. I also want to thanks Dan at Rapala for hanging in there with me during this down time. Many companies wouldn’t have done that.  More to come next week Lord willing.  GUYS don’t for get Mothers Day. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Knee Update 4-2-2022

I appreciate the messages asking about my knee. I’m taking therapy 3 days a week and making progress.   Still not sure when I will be back on the water—my goal is by the end of the month-I just will have to see how it go’s. There is a lot of fish being caught every where……………………….Thanks Rick

Update On My Knee

Sorry I haven’t taken time to update my site. On March 1 I had a total knee replacement.  I developed a blood clot in the lower portion of the same left leg. I have been on blood thinners and the normal pain meds that are associated with the type of surgery. Was unable to do therapy for more than a week and a half-but thank the Lord I get to start back tomorrow.  If you believe in Prayer I would appreciate you remembering me——Hopefully I will be back on the water mid April—most likely in the back of some ones boat WHICH WOULD BE GREAT.     Thanks again   Rick

Fishing Update for Week Ending 2-19-2022

I don’t have a lot to share but here is what I have. I’m looking at soem pictures from Billy Campbell of 5 that was weighed in at over 15lbs.  All stages of color om Center Hill—fish (mostly Largemouth) being caught on Jerkbaits Jigs and Crankbaits. A few Smallmouth are showing up mostly on Cranbaits. Water temps in the mid 40’s . The fish that are being caught are “Good” fish—not a lot of bites but the quality is very good.  A lot of suspended high in the water column fish.   Woods I’m looking at a photo of 4 “NICE” Smallmouth that was caught last Saturday 12th on Woods. At the bottom of the picture it says Heartland Anglers Division. You might be able to pull up their site for more info. Folks  is  all I have for this week.  If you have any reports that you want to share send them to rickm@dtccom.net and I’ll be happy to post them. I have 12 days until knee replacement -then rehab–hope to be back on the water by mid to late April. Rick

Dale Hollow & Center Hill 2-09-2022

Until I can go again myself I will continue to pass on any information that I get from people that I know I can trust. Yesterday Dale Hollow was 39-40 degrees and in the area where they were at a lot of color. Mix of 5 Largemouht-Smallmouth and Spots all caught in 30 feet of water on a variety of jigs. A lot of fish showing up on Pan Optics close or on the bottom around wood of some sort. Center Hill  mix caught on crankbaits more associated with main river channel than the creeks. Best 5 approx 15lbs water temp up to 45 more or less by 3:00pm when they left.  Not sure of locations on either-but a little info that might help you.  Rick McFerrin