Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Health Update June 8-2004

A couple times this past winter by the time that I go to the top of the ramp to load out  I had a “Tightness” in my chest. When I got to the truck I would take a couple aspirins and the tightness would go away.  The same thing happened walking up our stairway from down stairs.   I talked to my doctor about what was happening he set me up with a cardiologist from Vanderbilt and sure enough  “A Heart issue” On Saturday June 2nd I had a Open Heart 3 By-Pass surgery at Vandy. Back home on Wednesday the 5th and Praising The Lord that I am able to sit here at my desk and write this to you. Don’t guess I am 10 feet talk and bullet proof after all.

When the tightness happened I didn’t have any other “HEART PROBLEM SIGNS” that most of us look for–Take it from me don’t risk it.   Lord willing I’ll be back on the water this fall-Time will tell.  I’m so appreciative of all the Prayers that have been prayed-the calls that has been made and the concern from so many.  Rick



Lake Haetwell May 13-16-2024

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I made my annual trip to Hartwell to fish with old friend Tim White. We fished 1/2 day Monday Full days Tuesday and Wednesday and 1/2  day Thursday. We caught and released 76 Spots and 3 Largemouth. The pictures you see  will give you a good idea of the over all size that we caught.  The biggest spots were 2lb 9ounce and 2lb 2 ounces. We had alot of 1 1/2–1 3/4 size fish.  It rain and stormed on Monday and Tuesday–wind blew 15-20 on Wednesday and it was blue bird sky on Thursday. Everyday was different.   We both used a variety of Sufix Braid-mono and fluorocarbon  VMC Weedless and Non Weedless Finesse jigs.   My best soft plastics was the New Crush City BLT in Ghost Morning Dawn—Albino Pearl and Green Pumpkin Magic  A few was caught on a variety of crankbaits and zero on top water of any kind.  Another fun trip with an old friend.  Thank you for visiting my site.  More to come Lord willing in the days and weeks to come.  Rick McFerrin

Rapala Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Promotion

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Just want to bring your attention to some great $$$$ savings on all the Rapala items pictured above  from May 1 through May 15th. 20% off regular retail price. This is your opportunity to try some of the best new items that have hit the market this year. Crush City-OG Crankbaits-DT series baits The new PXR Mavrik -New Jigging Magnum Rap–Shad Raps-The New Red Line VMC Hooks-Sufix line and more. Check it out,,,Check out your nearest Bass Pro or Cabela’s. You can also research all of these items on the Rapala Web site. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin

Center Hill 4-25-2024

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Ken and I fished Center Hill yesterday morning from 8 until noon. WE didn’t have a lot of time so we stayed in Holmes Creek and moved around here and there. The 2 above was the best of 6.  VMC Weedless Finesse Jig and soft plastics and Sufix Yellow Performance Braid with a Sufix fluorocarbon leader. Hope to have more next week.  Thanks for visiting my site Rick McFerrin

Tim’s Ford (Crush City Ned BLT) 4-15-2024

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Fished Tim’s from 7:00 am until 12:15 pm caught 12 with the 5 above being my best.  I had 1 on a swim bait and the rest on a NED.  Green Pumpkin Magic and “Pink”.  I have used pink floating worms-jerk baits-pink on a spinner bait-pink on several crankbaits and more but I had never thrown a pink ned until today.  I can honestly say that the “Bite” was far more aggressive on the pink than other colors. I’m not entirely sure why, but it was.  I rigged these on the VMC  Weedless Finesse Jig that I always use  Sufix 10lb Yellow Braid with a 8lb Sufix Fluorocarbon leader.  Hopefully I’ll be on Center Hill this Thursday and will let you know how it went. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin

Center Hill 4-12-2024

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I got to the ramp this morning at 7:30 and almost couldn’t find a place to park. There is a High School Tournament tomorrow and this appeared to be a practice day—I knew that the creeks would be covered up and I didn’t want to fight the crowd so I concentrated on the larger cuts off the main river channel that could get me out of some of the wind.  The wind got up to 30 plus  (what did we do before spot lock?) I used several different baits but the the Crush City Pumpkin Magic BLT  rigged on a VMC Weedless Finesse Jig did the job.  I was using 10lb Yellow Sufix Braid with a 8lb Sufix fluorocarbon leader . Water temp in the areas where I was at was still in the high 50;s.  I had 9 total with the ones above being my best. Thanks for visiting my site Rick McFerrin

Center Hill (13 Fishing) 3-20-2024

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Marshall my grandson (5yrs old) was on spring break last week so we headed to Tim’s to spend a day trolling and getting him some practice casting. As you can see he was proud of the fish he is holding and is ready to go back when things warm up a little more. He is learning and is very good in the boat. And thats not just a Grand Pa story.   DT Red Craw on 8lb Sufix Clear Blue Pro Mix   I fished Center Hill today with good friend Ken Jenkins.  The 4 above was the best for the day. Spinner bait was the lure of choice. One here and one there. 52 to 55 degree water,  And I was a good net guy!!! Ken as always was great to fish with.
This was the first opportunity to try out a couple of my “NEW 13 FISHING REELS”  If you didn’t know Rapala has purchased 13 Fishing. And you can view the entire line at  I’m going to give you some info on these- I was very impressed with both the spinning and casting.  #1 Modus C2  features high-spin spool bearings, and many features found in our higher-priced models. It has a HD Aluminum Chassis creates a super solid feel under pressure and houses a Japanese Hamai cut aluminum drive gear and 18 lb Multi-Material Drag System. –Integrated Hook Keep–Modus Handle Knob Arrowhead Line Guide System–Ported Aluminum Spoo Dead Stop Anti-Rever–6-Way Centrifugal Braking System–7 Total Bearings. This is a very smooth, well built reel at a reasonable price.
#2  13 Fishing AXUM  This is a dual purpose Fresh/Salt water Reel that si silky smooth Ultimate Cut Drive gear with Hyper Brass Pinion.  The many saltwater performance upgrades include a Sealed rotor, Ceramic Line roller with 100% corrosion proof CZB bearing, and Black Seal Performance ball bearings. Tested in saltwater around the world,  Cast Iron Carbon Frame and Rotor–Patent Pending Coolstop Drag System–Hyper Brass Pinion Gear–Ceramic Line Roller with ZERO Corrosion CZB Bearing–Ultimate Cut CNC Aluminum Drive Gear–Hybrid T-Handle Knob–9 Total Ball Bearing–Dead Stop Anti-Reverse–Advanced CNC Spool Design
Once again take time to go to Click On 13 Fishing and check out the entire line up.  Thanks for visiting my site Rick McFerrin

Normandy 2-21-2024

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I had a very enjoyable 5 hours on Normandy today with my oldest son Rick Jr,  On the very first stop I connected with a good fish on a Rapala Clown X Rap that got hung up in some brush and got off.  Counting that fish we had 7 total bites the ones above being our best. I laid out the baits that we caught fish on today. A Rapala Clown X Rap-a White X Rap and a “NEW” PXR Mavril 110 (white) Snow Storm A Terminator 3/8 Spinner bait with a  Crush City Sight Flash Freeloaded and last but not least a Crush City Ned BLT Coppertreuse rigged on a VMC 3/16 ounce Finesse Weedless Jog. Ofcourse line of choice always is Sufix hands down.  Water temp 47 to 50 while we were there. Good to have by son out with me today. Thanks for visiting my site Rick McFerrin

“New” RapStack Tackle Trays 2024

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Let me start by saying that I have struggled with the photo’s this morning-After you read this post you can go to and get a much better idea of what the fantastic RapStack Tackle Trays  look like.  I run a early 2000 model Blazer that I love, but it  is a little light on tackle space , so I built the box that you see above that holds 9 boxes of Rapala Crankbaits and Jerk Baits only.  I have always been a fairly organized person “However” the older I get the more important organization has become to me. I like things to be where they need to be so that I don’t have to hunt.  I was excited when I saw  the RapStacks for the first time.  These “ARE NOT” your run of the mill boxes that have flimsy latches and dividers.  The Rapstack is built heavy duty tough and with a smart design.  The RapStack is designed for hard and soft baits-the RED LATCH is a REAL LATCH not something that is going to fall off after you open the box a few times.  The dividers are made to be cold and heat resistant and are just as tough.  The RapStacks  are available in the following series.  A 3600–3700-3700 deep and a 3700 deep open design.  And a 3600 Open Foam Trays pictured above that I have hair jigs in. 2 Sets of Rewriteable labels are included in the RapStack pictured above on my crankbaits. Like anything else you can buy tackle storage that is ok that you will have to replace often or RapStack Tackle Tray that will give you years of service.  Light Sufix line and Rapala crankbaits doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin

Center Hill 2-9-2024

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I fished with Loooong time friend Billy Campbell yesterday on CH.  Water color varies all over the lake. You can find everything from very stained to semi clear with varying temps. (47-45)We covered a lot of territory  to manage the 3 that you see above. Billy is trying to hide his identity holding up a obvious very short fish. (You can’t hide) By the way  I caught the short fish and Billy caught the 2 good ones.   Best crankbait was the Rapala DT6 Red Craw which we both used. Looking back I should have thrown the Ots Deep Tiny in the same red craw (pictured above) **that will be a note for next time*** I was using Sufix Clear Blue 6lb Pro Mix which has been my favorite for many years  One thing that I have always liked about Pro Mix is the abrasion factor. We were beating and banging off of  rocks all day with very little little (if any) abrasion.  We did talk with 2 other friends that had 10 and a couple good fish. Like us they covered a lot of water and hit on one short stretch where they caught 5 of their 10  and I thing at least 1 of their big fish 4 3/4lb Smallmouth.   I had a great day with a great friend. Thanks for visiting my site Rick McFerrin