All posts by Rick McFerrin

Flood 2-23-2109

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These are pictures of the Silago and Ragland Bottoms ramps and parking areas on Center Hill as of 12:30pm this afternoon. I haven’t checked the elevation since 5am this morning-but CH had come up 20.75 feet since Monday and still rising. I think they said it wouldn’t crest until Tuesday of this next week. Rick McFerrin

Tim’s Ford 2-21-2019


Great morning on Tim’s with Billy and Braxton Campbell even with the lake raising over 6 feet because of all the rain we have had this week.  One thing I learned along time ago on Tim’s , if your on fish in the winter in a particular location consistently they will move up and down with water level changes. Rarely will they move to a different location.  So you adapt to the conditions and as you can see they were still there. We were on fish from the get go and these were the best in 5 hours The wind picked up and we fought trash that was blowing into our spots making it harder and harder to fish. Water temp was 47 more or less. Everything on either a Float N Fly or soft plastics on a VMC Weedless Finesse Jig  Sufix braid and fluorocarbon.  Hopefully I will have a Chickamauga  and Center Hill next week depending on weather. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin

Center Hill 2-19-2019

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Best of 16 this morning with Ken. We fished from 7 am until 11:15 am and got out before it rained. For some reason the cold was extra bitter today, atleast for 2 senior citizens.  VMC Weedless  3/32z Finesse Jigs and soft plastics. Sufix 10lb Yellow Braid and 6lb Fluorocarbon leader. 48 degree water and a lot of color. Thanks for visitng my site. Rick McFerrin

Tim’s Ford 2-18-2019

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Best of 9 Smallmouth on Tim’s yesterday in 4 hourswith Ronnie. Everything on VMC Weedless 3/32 Jig head and soft plastic. Sufix 10lb Braid and 6lb Fluorocarbon leader   We lost 2 or 3 as well. Headed to Center Hill tomorrow. Rick McFerrin

Percy Priest 2-14-2019


Ron, Billy and I had a decent day on Priest today. I only Priest a couple times a year but enjoy it every time.  Best bait today by far was a Rapala #5 Brown Crawdad Shad Rap Thrown on 6 & 8lb Sufix Mono  I think Billy caught a couple on a spinner bait as well.  We caught and released 12-15 total.  Good day with 2 good friends. Rick McFerrin  Center Hill tomorrow Lord willing.

Tim’s Ford 2-11-2019

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Fished Tim’s this morning from 6:30am until 1:00pm caught and released 7 Smallmouth with the 3 above being the best. 3/32oz VMC Weedless Finesse Jig and soft plastics.   Sufix 10lb 832 Braid with a Sufix 6lb fluorocarbon leader—Everything slowed way down for my after 11:00am. Water temp 46 degrees and great Tim’s color.  Rick McFerrin

Chickamauga 2-8-2019


Best of 9 today with Billy Campbell on Chickamauga. Billy has a tournament there this week end so I’m holding back on what we used and the area that out fish came from. Good day on the water with a very good friend. Rick McFerrin

Normandy 2-1-2019

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This is the 1st day out of the house for me since Monday morning-Met Ronnie at Normandy at 10am he could only fish until noon. We caught 2 Spots and one short Largemouth. After Ronnie left I caught the Smallmouth above and 2 short Spots. 42 degree water temps and a lot of color. 4 on a Rapala Red Craw DT6 and the other on a VMC Weedless Jig and soft plastics Back home by 3:00pm. More next week Lord willing Rick McFerrin

Center Hill 1-19-2019 DT6 Red Craw & Demon

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Good Day on the Hill today-Started out with a nice  DT6 Red Craw and Deon bite-They would nail it. (Better get you some) After the Crankbait bite went away I caught the remained on a VMC Weedless Finesse Jig and soft plastics. Sufix 6lb mono on the crankbaits and 10lb Sufix 832 Braid with a 6lb VMC Fluorocarbon leader.  46 degree water and good color. Get out your snow shovel it sound like we are going to need it Sunday Morning. Rick McFerin

Tim’s Ford 1-15-2019

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Ronnie and I fished from 7:00am until 11:30am without bite one! Nothing-zero-nada-goose egg! They were pulling the water hard enough that it would continually pull your boat out and down stream. The generation stopped and from 11:30am until 12:30 we had 7 bites-5 in the boat (4 like the bottom pic) and one pushing 4. Ronnie needed to go so we loaded the boat and headed home. Everything on a VMC Finesse Weedless Jig and soft plastics . I believe that I  found a pattern if could have stayed-or at least I’ like to believe that. More the end of the week. Rick