Category Archives: Fishing Reports

W/O 11-5-2018 Tim’s & CenterHill

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This is a 2 day report. The gentleman that is holding the Smallmouth is Robert Markham-2 years ago he had a heart transplant and now he is doing great. Robert gives all the glory to God for his recovery-and that’s where it all belongs. We caught either 7 or 8 with the 3 being our best. The pictures on the floor was from yesterday on Center Hill. My camera wouldn’t work and I don’t like taking pictures this way but there wasn’t another option. I took a few and skipped the rest. Everything we caught on Tim’s was on soft plastics. I caught 3 yesterday on a Rapala Skitter Walk  and 6 others on soft plastics rigged on a VMC Weedless Finesse  Jig head. I lost 2 other heavy fish that I never saw.  I also caught a 6 or 8 5 to 6 inch Smallmouth-there is a ton of them in Center Hill-good for years to come.   Sorry for the pics-In a new camera hunt today. Rick McFerrin

Center Hill 10-31-2018

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Billy and I put in at 7:00am looking for a top water bite that gave up two be really never materialized (it’s time for sure). We caught 8 total with the 4 above being the best.  We found a bunch of fish on my electronics and caught 3 right off the bat and missed 6 more on a drop shot that would “peck peck” but never hold on. The wind pick up a bunch and the bite shut off as quickly as it started.  I think we had one on a Rapala X Rap and one other on soft plastics rigged on a VMC Weedless Finesse Jig . I was using 20pound Sufix Yellow Braid and a 7lb Sufix Fluorocarbon leader www.sufix. I rigged that with a #2 VMC SpinShot Drop Shot Hook and a VMC 1/8 ounce  Tungsten Ball Weight. One very important benefit of the spin shot hooks is that they completely eliminate line twist and keep you plastics aligned for a natural presentation. Pick some up you will like them for sure. Water temp 65 degrees and a few areas looked almost like the beginning of turn over. More next week. Rick McFerrin

33lb 6oz Flat Head On 6lb Sufix

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Every year Ronnie and I look forward to the water to cooling  down at Woods to vertical jig for White Bass and to hang one of the monster cats that live there. Yesterday we caught 100 “YES” 100 white bass and I caught this 33lb 6oz Flat head vertical jigging in 17 to 24 feet of water. Everything I caught was on Sufix 6lb Clear Blue Pro Mix Mono including the big cat.  Anyone that reads my site knows that I’m a light line guy and for years I have written about Sufix mono and I will repeat myself again-it is the absolute strongest-best-smoothest-low to no memory-high knot strength-smoothest casting-small diameter mono I have ever used. You can’t wench in these big cats on light line but if you take your time and have your drag set correctly they will eventually wind up in your boat. If you will try 1 spool of your favorite weight you will be a Sufix buyer from now on. Now to the white bass.  We found 2 big schools  of White Bass on my electronics threw out a maker and it was game on. I love using either a 1/4 ounce or a 3/16 ounce Krocodile Spoon  or a 3/16th Rapala Jigging Rap or Jigging Shad Rap  for these white bass. If your not familiar with the Jigging Rap It stared out as a ice fishing lure BUT-BUT-it’s far more than that. Through the years  I have caught fish on Woods-Tim’s-Normandy-Center Hill-Priest-Nick A Jack ( above and below the dam) and Old Hickory on a Rapala jigging rap. Everything the swims will hit these-it just takes a little practice and confidence. You can see videos on the Rapala site and on other media out lets. I alternate between the Krocodile Spoon and the jigging Rap-just depends on what they want. Now is the time if your looking for fast action and a lot of fun on Woods White Bass-and maybe a monster as well. Rick McFerrin

Normandy 10-16-2018

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Best 3 of 6 today on Normandy. Everything on top water-I had to work the Rapala Skitter Walk  a little slower than normal but when they hit they meant business. New 10lb Sufix Advanced Mono strong and casts like a dream. Water temp was 76 degrees and it appears that they haven’t started lowering water levels. Maybe more this week. Rick McFerrin

Nick A Jack Dam 10-12-2018


Daniel took Friday off and wanted to fish below the NAJ Dam with live bait. We caught some creek minnows the night before and was at the ramp just about daylight. What you see above was caught in the 1st hour and then it was ZERO. We never had another bite in the next 5 hours. We watched the other boats around us and never saw anyone caught a fish.  I talked with Billy, he fished Dale Hollow and had 7 small fish in the first couple hours then zero-and Ronnie never had a bite on Normandy-it must have just been the day for some reason or another.  I’ve been saving gas money and holding out for colder weather which we are finally getting. Water temp Friday was still 76 to 78 degrees and should be down lower this week.  Sufix Braid and Sufix Fluorocarbon leader  rigged with a 3/0 VMC  Bait Keeper Hook was all we used We had some great creek minnows left and I intend to use them up this week before the die. I will let you know what happens. Rick McFerrin

Center Hill-9-10-2018

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Terry and I got to the ramp at 5:15am and it was raining big time. We hung around the ramp until 6:00am then headed to our first stop. We did a lot of moving to get what you see above. I thought we would have a good top water bite but it just didn’t happen. Everything was caught on Sufix Braid and Mono (terry and I both) and a VMC Finesse Weedless 3/32ounce  The 3/32 has a great light wire 1/0 hook and is concaved on the back of the head so your plastics fit tight. They also have stainless weed guards and wire keeper. If you haven’t tried these jigs  you need to pick up a pack you will like them. Thanks for visiting my site Rick McFerrin

Center Hill 9-6-2018

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Billy and I put the boat in at 5:30am this morning ran to our first stop and immediately put 1 in the boat and lost 5. Not a good way to start. We struggled around for most of the morning. I lost at least 2 more that I couldn’t keep hooked up and caught a couple short KY’s and Billy had 2 or 3 other blow up on a top water but no kook ups.  We should have had a 14-15 fish day.  Storms came up and we loaded out.  Rapala Skitter Walk Sufix Braid and Fluorocarbon vmc Spin Shot and drop shot weights  Rick McFerrin

Normandy 9-4-2018


Best 3 of 7 this morning on Normandy with long time (30yrs)  good friend Terry Hicks. Everything on soft plastics rigged in several different ways. VMC Wide Gap 3/0 Hook and VMC Finesse 3/32 Weedless Jig  20lb Sufix Braid and 8lb Fluorocarbon leader and straight 10lb Sufix Clear Blue Pro Mix Mono Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin

New Sufix® Advance™ Monofilament

I want to share with you a little bit about the new Sufix® Advance™ Monofilament it’s supple, sensitive and strong. It’s a mono that thinks it’s a braid. Sufix Advance is easy to handle and fishes smooth — like mono always has — but it shares some of the qualities of braid too, like enhanced sensitivity and abrasion resistance,”durablity, low-stretch, abrasion-resistant. It spools up on your reel smooth as silk. Sufix Advance mono, combines HMPE molecules with Hyper Copolymer. HMPE molecules are the material braided superlines are made from. Sufix engineered a proprietary magnetic-extrusion process to draw HMPE molecules toward the surface of the line and bond with the Hyper Copolymer. The result of all that engineering is superior, long-lasting abrasion resistance that doesn’t make the line stiff and unmanageable.

Additional features of Sufix Advance include enhanced castability, reduced line memory, unrivaled knot strength and 50 percent lower stretch and UV absorption than standard monofilament. It’s available in two colors, clear and low-vis green, and nine strengths: 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 17-, 20- and 25-pound test. Give it a try I believe you will purchase more. Rick McFerrin