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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

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