This has been a tough week for me on the water. What you see is the best from Normandy & NAJ. Ronnie and I had 2 Largemouth and 4 Spots yesterday and Billy and I had 4 Largemouth on NAJ today. Billy talked with several guys today and no one he talked to was on fish on NAJ today. Misery Loves Company I guess. We found clearer warmer water nearer Shell Mound almost 50 degrees. River channel was muddy and the Corp is releasing over 100,000 CFI so the river was moving right along. Normandy was muddy with high 40’s in water temps. No excuse we just couldn’t find any consistent pattern with no more than 1 fish at a time. Better day ahead. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
I fished Tim’s this morning for 5 hours the what you see was my best. 1/8oz VMC Weedless Finesse Jig www.vmchooks.com and a Luhr-Jensen Krocodile Spoon www.luhrjensen.com fished on Sufix 10lb yellow high vis Braid and 6lb Florocarbon leader. Lot of water………..I think I will sit a few days out this week and get some honey do’s done around the house. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
These are pictures of the Silago and Ragland Bottoms ramps and parking areas on Center Hill as of 12:30pm this afternoon. I haven’t checked the elevation since 5am this morning-but CH had come up 20.75 feet since Monday and still rising. I think they said it wouldn’t crest until Tuesday of this next week. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
Great morning on Tim’s with Billy and Braxton Campbell even with the lake raising over 6 feet because of all the rain we have had this week. One thing I learned along time ago on Tim’s , if your on fish in the winter in a particular location consistently they will move up and down with water level changes. Rarely will they move to a different location. So you adapt to the conditions and as you can see they were still there. We were on fish from the get go and these were the best in 5 hours The wind picked up and we fought trash that was blowing into our spots making it harder and harder to fish. Water temp was 47 more or less. Everything on either a Float N Fly or soft plastics on a VMC Weedless Finesse Jig wwwvmchooks.com Sufix braid and fluorocarbon. Hopefully I will have a Chickamauga and Center Hill next week depending on weather. Thanks for visiting my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
Best of 16 this morning with Ken. We fished from 7 am until 11:15 am and got out before it rained. For some reason the cold was extra bitter today, atleast for 2 senior citizens. VMC Weedless 3/32z Finesse Jigs and soft plastics. Sufix 10lb Yellow Braid and 6lb Fluorocarbon leader. 48 degree water and a lot of color. Thanks for visitng my site. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
Ron, Billy and I had a decent day on Priest today. I only Priest a couple times a year but enjoy it every time. Best bait today by far was a Rapala #5 Brown Crawdad Shad Rap www.rapala.com. Thrown on 6 & 8lb Sufix Mono www.sufix.com I think Billy caught a couple on a spinner bait as well. We caught and released 12-15 total. Good day with 2 good friends. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com Center Hill tomorrow Lord willing.
Fished Tim’s this morning from 6:30am until 1:00pm caught and released 7 Smallmouth with the 3 above being the best. 3/32oz VMC Weedless Finesse Jig and soft plastics. Sufix 10lb 832 Braid with a Sufix 6lb fluorocarbon leader—Everything slowed way down for my after 11:00am. Water temp 46 degrees and great Tim’s color. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
This is the 1st day out of the house for me since Monday morning-Met Ronnie at Normandy at 10am he could only fish until noon. We caught 2 Spots and one short Largemouth. After Ronnie left I caught the Smallmouth above and 2 short Spots. 42 degree water temps and a lot of color. 4 on a Rapala Red Craw DT6 www.rapala.com and the other on a VMC Weedless Jig and soft plastics www.vmchook.com. Back home by 3:00pm. More next week Lord willing Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com