Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Tim’s Ford Live Bait “WOW” 11-11-2014

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What a day!!!!!!! Good  Friend Ronnie Wooten and I was on fish from the get go. From 7:30 until noon we caught and released 20 Smallmouth-plus we had (5-7 ? not sure) hung and lost by them getting us hung up on something plus hits that we just didn’t get them stuck.  Big Smallie weighted 4lbs. 10oz. Every fish was caught on creek minnows with Sufix 6lb test mono VMC Live Bait Hooks and a 7′ 6″ All Pro APX M/L rod That’s it for this week, going to sit by them fire and see how this weather is going to turn out.  I will up date you on my trips next week.  Rick McFerrin

TIM’S FOR LIVE BAIT 11-10-2014

This was my first Live Bait trip to Tim’s this year and over all I was very pleased. I caught and released 9 Smallmouth and lost 5 that I either didn’t have stuck good or they got me hung up in the rocks or stumps.   (just part of fishing live bait)  When fishing live bait I use 6lb test Sufix Mono (unbelievably strong) a Super Sharp VMC Live Bait Hooks in either a #2 or #1 and a AllPro Apx 7’6″ M/L rod   I’m going to get 1 more day in tomorrow before the deep freeze hits us Wednesday.  Rick McFerrin

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Lake Lanier/Lake Hartwell w/o 11/3/2014

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I will be booking a few late November-December-January and February  light tackle “LIVE BAIT GUIDE TRIPS” on Tim’s Ford and Normandy.  These trips will be Monday through Friday only. For details contact me at or on my cell phone 615-308-9936.

Live baits trips on these 2 lakes can be fantastic- If you interested give me a call and we will talk.  Rick

Tim’s Ford 10-14-2014

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Yesterday and last night here in Tennessee was crazy with some very bad weather. Heavy rains, winds and even a funnel cloud or two moved across our state from one side to the other. When I got up this morning at 3:30am it was till pouring but I got the boat ready and at 5:15am headed to Tim’s. I spent the first 1 1/2hrs sitting in the parking lot at the ramp with the rains getting harder than they were when I got up. Finally there was  a little break in the rain so I put in and for the first couple hours didn’t have bite one. The lake was white capping and the heavy rains would come and go.  I kept changing baits and finally got 5 bites on the 4 inch Trigger X Watermelon Red Swimming Grub rigged on a 1/4 ounce  VMC Dater Head Jig When the fish are deeper (15′ & down)  I like to fish these Wide tailed Trigger X grubs on a 1/4 or 3/8 VMC Dater Head because it keeps a great  balanced horizontal profile when you are swimming  them in deeper water. The width of the tails puts off a great vibration even when your cranking slowly like I was today. I threw these on 6lb test Sufix Mono and a 7′ med AllPro APX Spinning Rods When the weather changed and the high pressure moved in it was all over.  These fish came out of a entirely different end of the lake than the ones that I had last week. 70  degree rising water —–be interesting in the next few days. Rick McFerrin

TIM’S FORD 10-10-2014

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I had a great 5 hours on Tim’s this morning. I put in just before day light and ran to my first spot and stayed there for 2 1/2 hours. I caught 6 Smallmouth and 1 Largemouth in that area on the Rapala Skitter Walk  and the Rapala #5 Scatter Rap Crank in the Disco Shad color.  When I would get a blow up and miss  on the Skitter Walk I would immediately toss the Scatter Rap in the direction I thought they were headed and if I got close they would nail it. This bait runs 6′ to 8′ deep on 10lb test and a long cast but of course I throw it on 6lb Sufix Mono so it will run a little deeper. The Largemouth and Smallmouth that I’m holding I caught on the Skitter Walk at the same time-that’s twice on Tim’s this year that has happened-makes your heart pump a little faster. When the top water action died I headed directly to the same bay that I have been catching some nice White Bass in on a Krocodile  Spoon .  I finished my day with 30 or more White Bass/Small Hybrid’s mix and the huge Flat Head Cat Fish that gobbled the spoon just like the 3 did in almost the same area a couple week ago.  Once again here’s the kicker  I caught all the White Bass/Hybrids and the Flat Head on Sufix 4lb Test Mono and a AllPro 7′ Med/Light Rod All the Sufix Line that I have tried has been fantastic. The tensile and knot strength even in the lighter lines is superior in my estimation. The G2 precision Winding process that Sufix uses makes the line come off the spool smooth as silk. All 3 baits that I used today are available in your local sporting goods stores-check them out. Rick McFerrin

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  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 and a 7′ m/h   AllPro APX Spinning Rod  I sound like a broken record-BUT why fix something that’s not broke right!!!!! Rick McFerrin

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 rigged with a Trigger X Green Pumpkin Twin Tail Grub 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 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 rigged with  4lb test line and a 3/16 ounce Live Image Holo Luhr-Jensen Krocodile Spoon (pictured above)  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

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  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