Ronnie and I had a great morning on Tim’s today. We caught and released a mix of 17 Largemouth and Smallmouth caught on a variety of lures. (these are all separate fish by the way) It all started out with a Terminator Original Titanium 3/8oz White Buzz Bait www.terminator lures.com These buzz baits have a turned up nose that allows the bait to surface quickly even on slower retrieves. I threw this on Sufix 10lb test Clear Blue Pro Mix Mono www.sufix.com Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com and soft plastics rigged weightless on Sufix 8lb Test Clear Blue Pro Mix Mono and a 3/0 VMV XL WideGap Worm Hook www.vmchooks.com Water Temps 82 degrees and normal Tim’s color. More next week Lord Willing Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
What’s the old saying? “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” That is certainly the case with Braxton Campbell. Braxton is the son of Jason Campbell and Grandson of Billy Campbell a well known tournament team here in middle Tennessee for many years. Billy was also the Vice President of All Pro Rods until he retired a few years ago. Braxton has been raised in a bass boat with a rod in his hands and has paid keen attention to what Grandpa and Dad has taught him which is evident in the various techniques that he is already skilled in. Crankbait-spinnerbait-swimbait-jerkbait-drop shot-Alabama Rig-shaky head-spoon and more. Braxton is 13years old and in the 8th grade at Warren County Middle School. He is chopping at the bit to try out for the high school team when he is in the 9th grade. There may be a Jr. Team this year although nothing has been finalized. If there is I know he will be one of the first in line to try out. The 4 pictures above is just a very very small sample of the fish that Braxton has caught this summer. But here is one of the primary reason that I like this kid-he’s polite and respectful which unfortunately is not always the case with many young people today. With young men like Braxton our sport has a bright future. I’m proud to be his first sponsor and I will keep you updated here on Tennessee Bass Guides through the year. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
I had a decent day on Normandy today. I put in at 5:30am and left at 2:00pm-I caught and released 11 Largemouth-spot combo with the 6 above being my best. I also lost either 3 more that I just didn’t have stuck. Best baits was a Rapala DT10 and a DT6 both in the River Shad pattern www.rapala.com and soft plastics rigged on a VMC Fastgrip Wide Gap Worm Hook. www.vmc hooks.com This is one sharp hook-it has a 15% more penetrating power than conventional worm hooks and is 1X strong so there is no bending out when your hoisting a heavy fish out of cover. I used Sufix 8lb & 10lb Pro Mix mono today-once again Pro Mix is the strongest high tensile strength-low stretch-high shock mono that I have ever used even down into the 6lb test. Also it has very low memory and long distance if need on your cast. www.sufix.com Try them you will like them-Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
Best 10 of 16 for Ronnie and I on NAJ this morning. All were caught on a variety of Rapala Baits including DT6 River Shad—“NEW” BX Brat Blue Ghost—#8 Sliver XRap—Skitter Walk www.rapala.com & the “NEW”VMC Finesse 3/16th Weedless Jig rigged with soft plastics. Everything fished on either Sufix 8lb or 10lb test mono www.sufix.com. We also lost 6 others on top water-they would hit “AT IT” not hit it-so we had them barely stuck. All in all a good day. More next week Lord willing. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com ***There was also 10 thousand may flies all over the water as well……..
When I was guiding Old Hickory full time a shallow crankbait was my go to money lure almost every trip. I haven’t made the drive in a long time-Tim’s Normandy and Nick A Jack are all closer for me so I get over here a couple time a year now at best. BUT when I received my first NEW RAPALA BX BRATS I knew right away where I was going to put them to the test. I got to the ramp in Spencer Creek at 4:45am and right at daylight I headed to an old area of mine that I use to fish and BANG I immediately LOST-YES LOST 2 good fish in the first 5 minutes on the BX Brat Tamale (picture above) I just didn’t have them stuck. 20 minutes later I lost another good fish-I was aggravated at myself but then I settled down-SLOWED MY RETRIEVE DOWN and that was the key. As the sun got up I switched to the Blue Ghost (pictured above) kept moving to other areas all in Spencer Creek that I use to fish and caught and released 12 more. Folks even in Cannon County that adds up to 15 Largemouth by 9:30am all in water less than 5 feet deep and high 80 degree water temps. By that time I was HOT-HOT- so I loaded the boat and headed back to the ranch. A long way for 4 1/2 hour s but I found out what I wanted to know. This is one fantastic square bill crankbait. The BX Brat comes in a 3 foot and a 6 foot bait and 12 different colors- These are made with a balsa core with a copolymer outer shell. They have a modified “V” Cut belly and fantastic action-equipped with 2 VMC # 6 round bend hooks. Those of you that know me -know I have never lead you wrongin the past and that is still true today. The BX BRAT is a WINNER no doubt in my mind. I’m not sure what the availability is at retail right now-just check with your favorite tackle shop and get a bunch of these you will be happy that you did. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com Next stop Nick A Jack.
This was one of those we should have stayed home mornings-because we had to dodge storms-lightening-heavy rains and winds all morning. We left at 10am the 5 above was our best of 7 total. Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com on 10lb Sufix Pro Mix Mono www.sufix was the best. More next week Lord willing. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
I had a good morning with Ronnie on Normandy-above is our best of 15 all caught on one short stretch on soft plastics and Sufix 8lb test Mono. www.sufix.com I like the clear blue pro mix and Ronnie was using the high vis yellow. Every time we would cover the area we would caught 1 maybe 2 then we would turn around and do it all over again. This will be it for me until after the 4th—Maybe Nick A jack or Tim’s again-Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
Another good morning on Tim’s with Ronnie. We caught and released 20 or more Largemouth, Smallmouth, White Bass and Hybrids. We couldn’t find the Hybrids today like we did Monday but the action was still good for about 1 1/2 hours then it died at least for us. We also stopped in and area on our way back to the ramp (10am) and had several Largemouth blow up on a Rapala Skitter Walk but wouldn’t hook up. Everything today was on the Skitter Walk-DT6 River Shad-Sliver and Blue Jigging Rap www.rapala.com and soft plastics. Sufix Clear Blue ProMix in 8-10-12lb test depending on what we were doing. www.sufix.com. I’m on vacation for the next 10 days or so-Anniversary next Tuesday-and with the monsoon moving in from Florida I’m not sure how much more I will be able to post-we will see. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
Ronnie and I had a good day on Tim’s We caught and released 30 or more mix of Largemouth, Smallmouth, White Bass and Hybrids all but a few were caught vertical jigging a Sliver Blue Rapala Jigging Rap in 25 to 30 feet of water(see picture above). We also lost a couple big??????? Don’t know but they were stout. www.rapala.com I was using 10lb test Clear Blue Sufix Pro Mix www.sufix.com and Ronnie was using 12lb. First time on Tim’s in a long time-Rick McFerrinwww.tennesseebassguides.com
This has been a week of “A Little Fishing” and “A lot Of Tech” I started out on NAJ caught what I caught early then spent the next 3 hours or more when it got HOT practicing using as many functions on my new electronics as possible writing down notes and experimenting. Center Hill yesterday with Ken was a very productive Tech Day for me-he helped clear up many questions on how to get to where I wanted to go on my units. We spent 70% of our time on my electronics. We also had some decent Smallmouth as well plus a 15-20lb ? Drum. The reason for the drum pic is because I’m always talking about how good the 6 & 8 Lb Test Sufix mono is—This fish was on 6lb Sufix Clear Blue Pro Mix www.sufix.com. Fantastic line!!! Everything on a Rapala River Shad DT6 and soft plastics. www.rapala.com Here comes the broken record-If you don’t have several River Shad DT6’s in your boat you are missing fish-it’s just that simple. Rick www.tennesseebassguides.com