Category Archives: Fishing Reports

2 Day Nov 28-29-2022

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Long time friend Tim White and I fished together on Tim’s and Normandy over these past 2 days. Tim lives on Lake Hartwell in Georgia- we trade trips 2 times a year. I will be on Lake Hartwell Lord willing for 3 days in April 2023.  To say it was tough over the past 2 days wouldn’t be saying enough, We started out on Tim’s Monday morning with a good cloud cover and had 6 in the first 45 minutes.  Sun broke out and everything died at least for us. I think we had 2 or maybe  3 in the next 5 hours. Yesterday we fished Normandy  and struggled around for a few hours until we got on a pattern around 1pm as the storm that was coming was bearing down on us.  What you see above was the best out of 24 that we caught in the 2 days. I was really surprised on the Smallmouth-just couldn’t locate any even on finesse stuff.  We used a variety of baits but the best for me was a Rapala DT8 Helsinki Shad-and a DT6 Parrot and a DT8 Red Craw www.rapala.com  6lb Test Sufix Pro Mix Clear Blue Mon www.sufix.com  Water temps on both lakes in the 54-55 range. More next week Lord willing. Thank you for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 11-22-2020

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Got Ronnie out for a little while this morning (3 hours) -He’s been under the weather so it was good to spend a few hours with him doing what we like to do. We never left the ramp area in those 3 hours-trolling motor only until we put the boat on the trailer.   Everything on a Rapala DT6 or DT8 Red Craw or Helsinki Shad. www.rapala.com Sufix Pro Mix Clear Blue 6lb Mono www.sufix.com  Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Center Hill 10-17-2022

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I fished Center Hill from 6:45am until noon today. The bites were few and far between-I had 6 bites and put 4 in the boat including the Smallmouth pictured above . For those of you that are out of state our first real cold front for this year started last night.  There was a stout north wind that you just couldn’t seem to get away from. Air temp was 55 when I left. Every on 10lb Sufix Yellow Sufix Braid and 8lb Sufix Fluorocarbon–www.sufix.com and a VMC Weedless Jig www.vmchooks.com . I tossed a crankbait and spinner bait as well with no takers. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Center Hill 10-10-2022

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This is a 2 day report. Ken Jenkins and I fished last Thursday and I fished today by myself. Both days gave up a bunch of short Smallmouth as well as what you see above.  Water temps still running 67-70 and I think they had dropped the water level a little since last week. The fish was a little deeper today (20ft) last Thursday more in the 10-15 range.All fish both days came on Sufix Yellow Performance Braid and Sufix 8lb Fluorocarbon leader www.sufix.com  VMC Weedless 3/32 Jig and soft plastics . www.vmchooks.com.  Thank you for visiting my Site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

2 Day Report 10-3 & 4-2020

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I fished the grass at Nick a Jack yesterday and had 7. One on a Terminator Buzz Bait www.terminatorlures.com and 6 on soft plastics rigged weightless 30lb Sufix Braid and 15lb Sufix Fluorocarbon www.sufix.com and a VMC Wide Gap Heavy Duty 4/0 Worm Hook www.vmchooks.com  Fished Tim’s today I caught 16 Smallmouth and 1 Spot.  Rapala Skitter Walk–Silver DT6-rapala.com and a 3/32  VMC Weedless Finesse Jig and soft plastics. Tims was 66 degrees at the ramp and 70 when I left.  A ton of 12-14 inch Smallies have moved up but I was able to catch a 3lb 9oz and a 3lb 3oz Smallmouth on “My Last Stop” —–one more cast!  Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Week Of 9-26-2022

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Back at it—good to have the hot weather behind us. I can handle colder weather but not hot anymore.  Before I go any further I have had several people wanting up dates so I will show you some of what I had this week on Center Hill and Tim’s. There are no 18inch  keeper Smallmouth-all short. I had 13 today on Tim’s 5 on a New Rapala DT8 Red Craw and a Silver and Blue. www.rapala.com and Sufix 6lb Pro Mix Mono www.sufix.com and  the rest on a VMC Weedless Finesse Jig www.vmchooks.com and soft plastics. Sufix 20lb Yellow Performance braid and a 8lb Sufix Fluorocarbon leader. 2 On a Rapala Skitter Walk on Center Hill and a couple on soft plastics. I could only fish 4 hours on Center Hill so I stayed almost within site of the ramp at Ragland. I hope this will be the start of my fall/winter up dates.  Hopefully I will have some larger fish. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 8-23-2022

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I fished Normandy this morning from 6:15am until 9:45 am until it got to hot. I caught the 3 above—a 5.4lbs—-4.6lbs—3.12lbs–the 3 weighed in at 12.92lbs. They would wham the new Rapala Holographic Bone Skitter Walk www.rapala.com  that you see above. This bait has the same “thump” that the Skitter Series has plus a Blue-Pink and Silver hologram, This is going to be a “GOOD ONE”   10lb Sufix Pro Mix Mono…..Sufix.com .Going back Lord willing Thursday. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Tim’s Ford 8-8-2022

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I fished Tim’s yesterday morning from 5:30 until 10:00—Caught 7 Small mouth and lost 2 good fish at the boat,  just didn’t have them stuck good. The fish above  both measured right at 19 inches each and the  2 that I lost was that size as well. Those bite were all on the same bank that historically produce good in the dog days of summer-but when the sun got on it “I” couldn’t stay there—to hot for me.  I believe that you could fish it at night and do really good. The others were scattered here and there. All on Sufix  10lb Yellow Performance Braid and a Sufix 8lb Fluorocarbon Leader. www.sufix.com  VMC 3/16th Weedless Finesse Jig and a VMC Shaky Head Jig with soft plastics on both. www.vmc hooks.com  ***Truthfully  with the gas prices the way they are it’s hard for me to justify spending that kind of $$$ on a 3 or 4  hour trip—I’m looking forward to cooler fall and winter temps——which equals longer trips! More when I have it.  Thank you for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Woods 6-10-2022

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I fished Woods this morning for 5 hours. I caught the 5 above and had 2 others that got off. I had  3 on a Rapala DT6 Green Gizzard Shad www.rapala.com on 6lb test Sufix  Clear Blue Pro Mix Mono www.sufix.com I always use a #1 VMC Duolock Snap on all my cranbaits. It give them a little more freedom which can make a big difference at times.   The others on a Texas rigged soft plastic 1/16th VMC Tungsten Worm Weight-pegged with a VMC Sinker Stop and a 2/0  1x Round Bend Worm Hook www.vmchooks.com  20lb Yellow Sufix Performance Braid with a 10lb Sufix  Fluorocarbon leader.  Everything for me was very shallow.  More next week–I hope to take my 4 year old Grandson Marshall out on Monday to do some pan fishing-going to be a lot of fun. Thankd for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Nick A Jack 5-24-2022

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Fished NAJ today  from 7am until 12:30 with long time friend Jay Arnold.  What you see above was the best of 14 that we put in the boat-we also had several get off.  Everything we caught was in 5 feet of water or less and most on a square bill——and I think maybe 2 or 3 on soft plastics rigged on Sufix 20lb Yellow Performance Braid and a 12lb Sufix Fluorocarbon leader www.sufix.com.  I was using a VMC  #2 Worm Hook and a VMC 1/8 Tungsten Worm Weight pegged with a VMC Sinker Stop www.vmchooks.com.  Thanks for visiting my site—more to come Lord willing. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com