Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Normandy DT6 Red Craw 12-13-2018

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Ronnie and I caught 17 today on Normandy on a Rapala DT6 Red Craw. We had 10 off 1 bank and the others were scattered. Water temp 44 to 46 with  great cranking color. We  both used  Sufix 6lb mono on these DT6’s-Slow and easy and very shallow. Rick McFerrin

Week Of 11-26-2018

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Here are 6 pictures that I have been holding back because of a tournament that Bill and Braxton fished this pass week end. Bill is holding 4 that we  (he) caught (I was a good net guy) on a Float N Fly and the other 2  pics are of  Braxton on tournament day. Their club has a 3 fish limit which is great and these 3 Smallmouth won them 2nd place and a good payday in their club fish off.  Billy and I also had several smaller Smallmouth on soft plastics. Once again I was using a VMC Weedless Finesse Jig on Sufix Yellow Braid with a Sufix Fluorocarbon leader. Headed to Center Hill to fish with Billy this morning and the actual air temp here at 4:38am is 22 degrees. Burrrrr! Rick McFerrin

Center Hill 11-19-2018

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Good day on the Hill today. Best pictured above-A little unexpected extra on the Walleye that hit a Rapala Albino Shiner the rest hit a LuhrJensen Live Image Blue Krocodile Spoon www.luhrjensencom–3/16 -Terminator PBJ  Finesse JIg VMC Weedless Finesse Jig and soft All on Sufix Mono-Braid and Fluorocarbon leader Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerin


Center Hill 11-16-2018

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I had a 20 fish day on the Hill with what you see above being the best. I lost 2 good fish again -one in timber and the other just came undone. Everything except 2 on a VMC Finesse Weedless Jig and soft plastics the other on w Rapala River Shad DT6 Sufix Braid and Fluorocarbon leader. . Water temp 56 degrees and good color. Some stuff floating  because of the rain that we have had lately. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin

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