Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Normandy Past Few Days

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. What you see are a few fish that Ronnie and I have caught on Normandy over the past few day. The balk of them hit a  Blue Mullet Rapala  Skitter Walk www.rapala.com  These baits walk the dog very easily,  cast like a bullet and are equipped with razor sharp VMC Perma Steel Hook > If top water hasn’t started on the lake you fish I’m sure as the water temps cool off they will-Give a Skitter Walk a try “You won’t be sorry”   Sufix 832 Braid www.sufix.com and a 7′ m/h   AllPro APX Spinning Rod www.allprorods.com  I sound like a broken record-BUT why fix something that’s not broke right!!!!! Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy/Tim’s 9-24-25-26-2014

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This has been a very interesting week.  I have already posted Monday and Tuesdays reports so I’ll start on Wednesday. I went to Tim’s and put in at Turkey Creek at daylight. I caught 5 very short Spots off the first point I stopped at on a Long John then in the next 4 hours had 4 bites on a Green Pumpkin Terminator Jig www.terminator.com rigged with a Trigger X Green Pumpkin Twin Tail Grub www.triggerx.com and that was it for the day. On Thursday I fished out of Ronnie ‘s boat and it was dead-let me repeat dead. I fished Tim’s this morning (top 7 pictures) I had one Smallmouth early on a Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com and then at least for me everything died. I went into a cove that normally holds a lot of bait and White Bass-they were there  and it was on. I keep bragging about how good Sufix Line is and here I go again. I like to use a 7’ M/L All Pro APX spinning rod www.allprorods.com rigged with  4lb test line and a 3/16 ounce Live Image Holo Luhr-Jensen Krocodile Spoon (pictured above) www.luhrjesen.com  for these white bass when the bait is really grouped up. I caught at least 50 White Bass all about like the one 3 rows down far left picture. Most of these fish came out of 25-30 feet on water and was an absolute blast on light line. THEN in the matter of 30 minutes I caught the 3 Flat Head Cat Fish pictured above on the same Sufix 4lb Test and the Krocodile Spoon. If you have your drag set right and in open water like I was today you can put some very big fish in the boat on 4lb test. Through the years on Tim’s it’s hard to tell how many big Rock Fish and Hybrids-Smallmouth and Largemouth has been put in my boat on Sufix 6lb test…The line is fantastic-the week didn’t turn out the way I had hoped for but yet 5 good days on the water with friends like Bill and Ronnie pictured above .  Done for the week. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

NORMANDY 9-15-2014

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Ronnie and I fished Normandy this morning and had several  but no “Big” fish.  Everything came of on a Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com  I actually had 4 more Spots about the same size (nothing to brag about) but the batteries in my camera died and there you go.  A lot of fun to say the least. Water temp is down another 2 degrees on the surface and I think the lake was still falling a little.  I’m on vacation this week so I hope to be able to give you several more posts as we go along.  If you have any questions I will be happy to help if I can. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 9-12-2014

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I met Ronnie Wooten at the ramp at daylight and fished until 11:30am. All the fish above caught by Ronnie and I was on the Rapala Skitter Walk  www.rapala.com with the exception of 1.  Water temp was 78 this morning and the lake has come down several feet over the past week to 10 days.  If you visit my site much  you well know that I throw my top water on Sufix Braid and Ronnie used 10lb Sufix Mono www.sufix.com.  It is going to get better and better. I’m off all next week so unless something happens I should be able to give you several reports. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 9-9-2014

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I spent 3 1/2 hours on Normandy this morning and put 5 in the boat that you see pictured above. I know that there are more top water baits that I could throw but why?  The Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com just keeps producing for me over and over again, and It will for you as well if you will tie one on. Water temp is still 81 degrees and hopefully will drop “A LITTLE” this week end with the colder air coming down from Canada. Although nothing can change water temps either up or down better  than rain. We are always looking for those cold fall/early winter rains and then those warm spring/early summer rains….endless cycle! I want to focus for a minute on the bottom right hand picture. That’s the Skitter Walk that I was throwing this morning and as you can see I have it rigged with 2 Single Hooks. These are the new VMC ILS Inline Single Hooks www.vmchooks.com that you should be seeing on the shelves soon.  They come in 1/0 all the way to 7/0 and have a X Wide Gap—X Strong–and actually recommended for larger lures “BUT” the 1/0 works fantastic on the Skitter Walk.  Let me warn you these are NEEEEEDLE Sharp and may be the answer to the what do I do now with a flopping bass in my net problem.  I netted all but 1 of these fish and no hook in the net………HEY!!!!!!! 832 Sufix Braid www.suffix.com and a AllPro APX 7’m/h Spinning  Rod www.allprorods.com……Just love that top water. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Tims Ford 9-2-2014

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I put in at the State Park Ramp at 11:00am and fished until 6:00pm. I caught and released 1 Smallmouth-5 Largemouth and 8 White Bass all caught on the lures pictured above. Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com  Red Shad Trigger X  Flutter Worm www.triggerx.com rigged on a 2/0 VMC Wide Gap Hook and a Krocodile hammered Chrome 1/2ounce Spoon. The Smallmouth and all 8 White Bass all came off a drop in 30 feet of water on the spoon. The Largemouth were all caught on either the Skitter Walk or the Trigger X Flutter Worm.  I sized my line down to 6lb test Sufix Mono  www.sufix.com today with the exception on the Skitter Walk which was 832 Braid. Hope to give you another post Thursday. thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy Top Water 8-21-2014

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I fished with good friend Ronnie Wooten this morning on Normandy. We put in at 6:00am and fished until it was “HOT” by 10:30am Water temp was 81 degrees and the heat index today is 105 degrees. All of our fish came on top water. I throw all my top water on Sufix 832 Braid  www.suffix.com  for a couple reasons.  #1 extremely strong with small line da. #2 the 832 is silky smooth and comes off the reel like a rocket due to the  Dyneema &  GORE fiber weave.   #3 extremely high sensitivity level and zero stretch  #4  water repellent . Combine these qualities with a high quality top water bait like a Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com  and a 7′ All Pro APX Med/Hvy Spinning Rod and your in business .  You can find all these products at area tackle shop like Murfreesboro Out Doors and other leading retailers. If you have any questions on any of these produts e mail me at rickm@dtccom.net  Thanks for visiting my site Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 8-7-2014

This is just a follow up to my post earlier this week. I waited until 1:00pm to get to Normandy to see if the mid-day top water bite would hold up and it did, sort of!  I caught 6 Largemouth and 4 Spots all on top water but not 1 good fish. I had 2 decent looking fish follow the bait  but they wouldn’t commit.  So what did I learn?  Other than there is a mid-day 90 degree plus air temp-and almost 90 degree water temp bite in the shade?  I think you just have to be at the right place at the right time which obviously I wasn’t. I think I will stick with the early bite and stay for some of the mid day top water. that seems to be more productive for me.  I spent a 1/2 hour talking with the TWRA Creel Clerk (very good guy by the way)  He had checked the few boats that was on the lake and no one had any fish to speak of (that was around 5:00pm)  The rain was moving in and that may have changed the late day/night bite.  There is a ton of bait up river and a few fish busting in them, lake is down a little more and color is still normal for Normandy.  More next week. Rick www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 8-5-14

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When I left the house this morning I intended to go to Nick A Jack but decided to go to Normandy instead and wound up having a fairly good day.  It was dark when I put in and there was surfacing fish here and there around the ramp area but I never could get close enough to hook up. So I ran down to my first stop and caught 3 and lost 2 on the 6 Inch Red Shad Trigger X Flutter Worm www.triggerx.com rigged on a 3/0 VMC Wide Gap Hook weightless www.vmchooks.com that you see in the picture above. I caught a couple short fish at my next stop then the Flutter Worm Bite died. I switched to the Rapala X Rap Prop www.rapala.com  also pictured above. I worked the same mid day pattern that I used on Tim’s last week-shaded medium depth chuck rock banks. I lost 2 big fish and caught 3 more on that pattern before the heat was more than I wanted to deal with.  I really like throwing the Flutter Worm and X Rap Prop on 832 braid the sensitivity is great and it comes off a spinning reel smooth as silk www.sufix.com . Rods of choice as you well know is All Pro APX in a variety of lengths and actions. www.allprorods.com.  Might get 1 more day in this week-if so I will update you then. Air temp mid day 90 plus water temp 85 and normal color for Normandy. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim’s Ford 7-26-2014

 

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It was bright sunshine and 90 when I reached the Turkey Creek Ramp. I decided to try a different time of the day on Tim’s so I waited until 1:00 pm to get to the lake. In the summer months I normally put in at daylight and will be home by  1:00 pm taking a nap and now I remember why. It looked like sea-do, pontoon boat,  speed boat central as far as you could see. In years past if you can stand the traffic there was a good deep water dock bite so I concentrated on those for a couple hours with only  2 short spots on a Trigger X Minnow www.triggerx.com.  I checked out the area where I caught the white bass the other day and they are still there and just as willing, I only spent 30 minutes there and caught 10.  There was a few surfacing fish here and there but not close enough to chunk at.  It was 4:30 pm so I went to plan B and that was shaded medium depth banks and that is where I caught 7  large mouth including my best 2 fish pictured above on a Pearl Grey X Rap Prop www.rapala.com . I had to work the bait a little slower than normal and the fish were coming up out of 15-20 feet of water in the shade to take a swipe at the bait.  Back home at 7:00pm, think I will stick with the AM hours. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebass guides.com