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W/O July 9-2018 Rip Stop Fish

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2 of the blurry pictures are of Ronnie holding 4 that we caught Monday Morning on Normandy. The other 4 are fish I caught yesterday on Center Hill. My trips are short (3 hour or so) during this hot weather-every since I had a heat stroke several years ago I just don’t push it. Yesterday I had 9 all together-Some on my old reliable favorite Rapala Skitter Walk and others on the New Rapala Rip Stop. I want to talk a little about this new bait it comes in 14 forage-matching color patterns. There are 2 sizes #9 which runs 3-4 feet deep and has 2 VMC trebles the “New” size is a #12 which is a 1/2oz bait which is twice as heavy as the original and runs 4-5 feet deep and has three sticky-sharp No. 5 VMC treble hooks, rather than two. The Rip Stop has a tail design that creates a fast ripping hard stopping flashing swim bait action. When you stop this bait it “shimmies or quivers” before it comes to rest and then the head of the bait begins to lift. You can fish this bait like a jerk bait-a wind and cast, a twitch bait-Yesterday it was keep it moving at a steady pace then stop for a couple seconds . When I picked back up the retrieve is when they nailed it. Check them out at your favorite tackle store or on AS always I spool nothing but Sufix mono and braid-best on the market hands down. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin

Normandy 6-29-2018

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Just got back from vacation so I fished Normandy yesterday from daylight until 10:30am. Can you say HOT!  Trolled for Walleye for3 hours with no luck. Switched over to Crappie using a White  VMC 1/8oz Curl Tail Spinner Bait and caught the 2  11 inch crappie you see above off of the 1st log I fished then 20 logs later zero. You might not beware that VMC has a great line of Pan Fish lures-you might want to check them out at them click on VMC.  Switched over to bass and had the 4lb 9oz Largemouth and the 2 smaaaaaal spots on soft plastics and  vmc wide gap 3/0 worm hook I was using  4lb Sufix  Clear Blue Pro Mix on my Crappie Rod and 10lb Pro Mix on the bass rods I used today. By then it was just to hot for me another 100 degree day-so I loaded out and headed home. Not really much to talk about but I thought I would share what I did yesterday. Rick

Normandy 6-13-2018

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The headless guy is Ronnie Wooten-the terrible photographer  is me. Ronnie and I had either 12 or 13  Largemouth/Spot mix on Normandy this morning on soft plastics rigged on a VMC finesse weedless jig. We had to hunt for them this morning-it was 10:00am when we finally found them-perseverance perseverance.  I know I sound like a broken record but if you are into finesse fishing like I am you will appreciate the quality of these VMC Weedless Jigs. They work extremely well through all types of cover and are extremely sharp which is a VMC trademark. If you haven’t tried them pick up a pack or two of different weights and you will be very pleased.  www.vmchookscom  We both use Sufix Mono, Fluorocarbon  and Braid strongest small diameter lines on the market today and always my choice. Thank you for visiting my site-besure to check out where you can view all the products by brand. Rick McFerrin

Normandy 6-11-2018

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Ronnie and I fished Normandy this morning from daylight until 9:30 and had 15 Largemouth/Spot combination. No big’ns but a lot of fun. Everything was on soft plastics.  Ronnie was using Sufix 8lb mono while I was using a combination Of Sufix Performance 20/6 Braid with a 8lb Sufix 100% Fluorocarbon leader. and a VMC 3/0 Wide Gap Hook.  More maybe in a couple days. VBS this week at the church and I’m the cook! Rick McFerrin

Normandy 6-7-2018

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Ronnie and I had 14 Largemouth/Spot mix on Normandy this morning on a Rapala DT6 Caribbean Shad and soft plastics on a VMC finesse weedless jig. These VMC jigs work extremely well through all types of cover and are extremely sharp which is a VMC trademark. If you haven’t tried them pick up a pack or two of different weights and you will be very pleased.  www.vmchookscom  We both use Sufix Mono and Braid strongest small diameter lines on the market today and always my choice. Back home by 10:30am Rick McFerrin

CenterHill Shell Crackers 5-25-2018

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Ken and I fished from daylight until 10:30am this morning and caught 13 Shell Crackers and a bunch of Blue Gill (all released) Ken had his personal best with a chunk that measured 12 inches-all the others were in the 10 to 11 inch range. Sufix 4lb Test Mono and the same VMC Long Shank Light Wire Hook that I used the other day. (see 5-23 post)  Lot’s of fun…Rick McFerrin

Tim’s 5-24-2018——3 hours

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Ronnie and I only fished 3 hours this morning on Tim’s and had the 4 pictured above. Both of us use Sufix mono-I think Ronnie was using 10lb nd I was using 8lb—I said it before and I will say it again-Sufix is bar none the best line I have ever had on a reel. It is smooth as silk and unbelievably strong for the small diameter. If you haven’t tried it your missing out.  Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin

Center Hill Shell Crackers 5-23-2018


Good friend and pan fish specialist Mike Dial and I fished the Hill this morning for Shell Crackers and had   fantastic time. We both limited out with 20 apiece (40 TTL) plus some decent Blue Gill as well. Largest was right at 12inches and we had multiple Shell Crakers  in the 10 to 11 inch range as well. Ultra light gear 4lb test Clear Blue Sufix Pro Mix Mono and a VMC Long Shank 9146   #8 Aberdeen Hook  and a night crawler. To say we had a blast falls way short. Mike and I are going to do it again soon. Rick McFerrin

Braxton Campbell

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Just got these 4 pictures of Braxton holding up some nice ones from Tim’s. I don’t have any info to go with them-but I can tell you this Braxton is a fish catching machine-and is growing up in a fishing family with his father Jason and grandfather Billy.  I like the hat Braxton-your a good rep.  Keep lifting up over the sides. Rick McFerrin

Tim’s Ford 5-16-2018

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Several months ago I got a call from the gentleman that you see pictured above his name is  Don Rasbach. Don and I worked together years ago in the food industry. Don wanted to plan a trip for he and his son to catch a smallmouth-something they had never done.  We fished this past Tuesday and it was a hot (93)-no breeze-tough day from the get go for us. We put in at daylight at Holiday and finished at  2:15pm in Rays Branch.  We caught and released 15 Smallmouth, Largemouth mix all caught on soft plastic rigged on a VMV Finesse Weedless Jig  Head and Sufix 6lb Mono  Don and Hunter both were very good to fish with and hung in there to the bitter end.  Good to hear from and fish with an old friend-Rick McFerrin