Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Tim’s Ford July 7-102

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This is the first time I have been on the water for several weeks. Between a weeks vacation, having a bad summer cold and my tow truck being in the shop I have been land locked more or less. Everything you see above was caught on a Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com early this morning. After the top water bite died off I fished several other areas and methods and at least for me with little success. Good to be back on the water. I threw the Skitter Walk on Sufix 832 Braid on a 7′ m/h Allpro APX Spinning Rod….great combo.  I should be able to give you one more post this week. ***Just a thought!  I was very disappointed in all the trash after-math from the 4th of July weekend at the ramp area and parking lot this morning. I don’t think I have every seen as many  bottles- garbage-plastic bags-sparkler sticks you name it that was  scattered every where. We are blessed to have the facilities that we have here in Tennessee to bad those that used the Turkey Creek Ramp left it in the condition they did.  Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 6-17-2014

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Doug Markham and I had a very interesting day today on Normandy. We started out at 5:30 am trolling  a variety of crank baits in multiple locations of the lake with no results.  We would mark fish, but most were suspended and not in or around bait.  For a while we thought that we were going to experience another “Got Ya” on the Walleye but we kept moving and changing tactics.  At 10:15 am with temps now around 90 degrees and still no Walleye we decided to make one last stop and from 10:30 until 12:30 we put 9 beautiful Walleye in the boat on the same VMC Revolution Hex Spinner Rig that I caught my Walleye on yesterday.  www.vmchooks.com We took a lot of pictures and when Doug sends me more I will add them to this post.  He also had his underwater camera with him and has some great pictures of landing and releasing  these fish which will be on a video I believe on his Face Book.  Also Doug will be talking about the VMC Rigs and our day on his radio show this coming Saturday 99.7 FM listen in.  Doug and I both used these rigs and Sufix Mono www.sufix.com  Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 6-16-2014

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I fished Normandy this morning for 4 1/2 hours and caught 5 Walleye between 17 and 21 inches on a VMC HFHS25T  Hex Spinner Rig (pictured above) These rigs have an exclusive Hydro Flow Blade, 72 inch 10lb leader and a # 4 VMC Fastgrip Hook. www.vmchooks.com I trolled these on a Atlantis Series 7 1/2 foot Allpro rod www.allprorods.com  and 6lb test Sufix mono www.sufix.com  I also caught 2 Spots as well with all the fish coming out of 8 to 15 feet of water. Fun 4 hours, hopefully more this week. Rick McFerrin www.tennessebassguides.com

Tim’s Ford Week Of June 9-2014

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This report is for the week of June 9-2014. I started out the week on Normandy early Monday morning and finished yesterday on Tim’s. I was only able to fish a total of 5 hours total for the 2 days and the pictures above was my best fish. You will notice that Ronnie Wooten is holding a beautiful 6lb 5oz Largemouth that he caught on Normandy Monday morning on a 1/16th ounce crappie jig. Needless to say Ronnie was excited to land this fish on a limber 8 foot crappie rod, 6lb test line and that little jig. Good job Ronnie.  All of my fish  this week came on 3 baits. A Rapala Skitter Walk,  a Shad #5  Rapala Glass Rap www.rapala.com and a Trigger X Minnow www.triggerx.com . As always I only use Sufix mono and Braid www.sufix.com and All Pro Rods www.allprorods.com Hopefully I can spend more time on the water  next week and if I do will up date you then. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Tims Ford 6-5-2014

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Tougher day for me on Tim’s today. I set in the parking lot for 2 hours this morning with lightening striking all around the lake.  I just never got on any kind of pattern, 1 here 1 there on a Rapala Skitter Walk, Rapala #7 Shad Rap, www.rapala.com and a 1/4 ounce Terminator Jig www.terminator.com with a TriggerX Pumpkin Twin Tail Grub www.triggerx.com  I caught and released 9 Largemouth and 1 Smallmouth with the 4 above being the best of the bunch.  More next week Lord willing. Rick McFerrin

Tims’ Ford 6-2-2014

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I put in at 5:00 am this morning and connected on a good Rapala Skitter Walk bite  within the first 30 minutes www.rapala.com  after that bite died down I caught the rest 20 or more  on either a Trigger X  Pearl Minnow www.triggerx.com rigged with a VMC 4/0 Wide Gap Hook www.vvmchooks.com  and a  Terminator 1/4 ounce  Pumpkin Green Jig  with a 4 inch Trigger X Green Pumpkin twin tail.  I used 10lb Sufix Mono and  6/20 832 Braid today www.sufix.com  on several All Pro 7′ m/h APX spinning  rods .  All in all a fun 6 hours. More by the end on the week.  Rick McFerrin  www.tennesseebassguides.com www.tennesseebassguides.com

Tim’s Ford 5-22-2014

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Ken Jenkins and I spent 5 hours this morning on Tim’s with mixed results. I had been telling Ken about the top water bite and how good it has been and then Tim’s acted like Tim’s. (I should have known better) The top water bite was no where to be found for us this morning. However we did  and released a mix of Smallmouth and Largemouth (10-12 total) caught on a Rapala DT6 Blue Back Herring  www.rapala.com a Trigger X Minnow www.triggerx.com rigged on a VMC 3/0 wide gap hook www.vmchooks.com  and a Real Bait Crawfish Jig ( see at Murfreesboror Out Doors) with a VMC Green Pumpkin Trailer. Ken and I both use Sufix mono www.sufix.com and a variety of All Pro Rods www.allprorods.com  Be safe on the water this holiday week end. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Normandy 5-20-2014

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I met Ronnie Wooten (pictured above) at the Fire Lake ramp at 6:15am this morning and we fished until 11:30pm. The wind definitely wasn’t our friend today, it had to get up to 20 mph gusts but due to Ronnie’s skill and knowledge of small specific  logs (some unable to be seen) we still managed some great  slab’s.  I was using a Size #6 1/32 ounce  Green/Orange VMC Wax Tail Jig tipped with a Crappie minnow www.vmchooks.com  on Sufix 6lb Test Mono www.sufix.com  I’m very impressed with this little jig’s. The hook ups was directly in the upper roof of the mouth which means that the balance is dead on and the tails are unbelievably durable.  My 7’6″ AllPro Atlantis Series Rod worked extremely efficient as well www.allprorods.com .  Ronnie knows his stuff and that is proven over and over again here on Normandy.  Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Tim’s Ford Monday May 19-2014

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Fished Tim’s Ford this morning with a good friend for many years Ron. We had a good Rapala Skitter Walk Bite www.rapala.com  up until about 10:30am then We caught the remaining fish on a Jig win a Trigger X Twin Tail Grab trailer www.triggerx.com   Rocn and I both use Sufix Mono and Braid www.sufix.com and AllPro Rods www.allprorods.com . Left the lake at 1:00pm  15 total 14 Largemouth and 1 Smallie. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com

Tim’s Ford 5-16-2014

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A little tougher day today as the cold front, blue bird sky’s and heavy winds blew across Tim’s The winds kept me off of the areas that I fished yesterday  so I looked for more protected area where I thought the top water bite would be. I caught and released a mix of 15 Largemoth and Smallmouth all caught on the Rapala Skitter Walk www.rapala.com or a Real Bait Crawfish Jig (see at murfreesboro outdoors) with a Trigger X Green Pumpkin Twin Tail Grub. www.triggerx.com I like to use Sufix 832 braid www.sufix.com for my top water baits, and  I really like to throw the Skitter Walk on a 7′ All Pro APX m/h Spinning. You can get a very long cast but still have enough backbone to get a good hook set, plus the 832 has little to no stretch which helps as well. . www.allprorods.com  More next week Lord willing. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com