1. Part 2: Bass I got after the catfish war. No way to weigh it after the cat fried my scale. Big fun though!

    Largemouth Bass

    1. Josh Sommerville 0
      Nice catches Gene๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  2. This starting to get funny. This is the 5th channel cat I've caught this spring, all on Strike King crank baits and they seem to be getting bigger. I finally ...more bought a gripper because I can't fit it them in my bass landing net. I was using a chartreuse kvd 1.5 thinking they would leave it alone...WRONG. I was using my lightest crank bait rod to make it really interesting. I tried to weigh it but it started flopping and my scales hung up on .6 lbs. I caught a really nice bass after that but could not weigh it. I have to toss the line after the thing took me to every corner of my boat.

    Channel Catfish

    1. Josh Sommerville 0
      Good Channel Gene๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Nice story
  3. 49.5 lightly stained. Deep points on a jerkbait.

    1. Shawn Gearinger 0
      It does look like a spot! But a darn good one!
    2. Josh Sommerville 0
      Looks like a Spot to me Gene.
    3. Gene Cowan 0
      Josh, u sure that's a spot? If so hes WAY over the 2lb 15" required for NC trophy status. I kind of thought it was a "mean mouth" (largemouth/spot ...more hybrid).
    4. Josh Sommerville 0
      Nice Spot Gene๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปGlad to see ya back out there.
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  4. Trade a fishing trip? Im desperate guys. ive never been on james and ive got a friend thats a rookie. he's buying a v hull Ranger and wants me to help him on ...more James and Hickory. Hickory is covered. my boat is in dry dock there. no way i can take it to James. does anyone have the time to take me out on James? I would insist on paying for everything plus you can come to Hickory and fish from my boat. im retired so im good anytime. i can give references. Im so squeaky clean im a was approved as a Concealed Carry Instructor. thanks! email is the best contact and ill send you my phone number. geneinnc at gmail dot com

    1. Jeff McCracken 0
      Just saw this, but I went this morning and it was tough. Water temp is in the mid 40's.
  5. Striper outing this weekend. My small boat has no rod holders. i have electricity at the doc and we could get them mounted, and look for a long dip net for shiners. ...more I have 2 aireated live wells so we don't need a bait bucket. my boat is docked on Hickory. If anyone has a boat already set up for stripers we can use your boat and lake. im trying to pick up 2 clicker rods with no luck. let me know. i am willing to fish for anything that pulls. Gene

  6. Hell's Bells! ๐Ÿคฏ I am SO upset with Strike King. I am an admitted crankbaitaholic. Through the years I moved away from Rapala, Rebel and Bomber because Strike ...more King continues to come up with new baits with new movements. The fish go nuts over the new KVD editions, BUT why go to the trouble and admittedly put inferior hooks on? I hit a streak last year of losing really nice fish on their lures. KVD has a video of him changing their junk hooks. I replaced the hooks on every crankbait i own, using Red KVD Elites. When you touch those things you are hooked. I have scars to show it. I grabbed

    1. Shawn Gearinger 0
      I agree completely. I use KVD 1.5 and 2.5 a lot and you have to change the hooks to keep from losing fish. I use the Mustad 2x strong short shank wide gap trebles ...more and they work great. It gets expensive changing all those hooks.
  7. Same old story. Yellow crankbait. Nothing else. Best buy a few extra. We sure have healthy spots. This guy should put on a pound by spring. The shad are thick.

    1 lb. 4 oz. 14 in. Spotted Bass with a crankbait

    1. jeff mcelroy 0
      stay cool, we are still hitting 90 in TN and no end close.
    2. Josh Sommerville 0
      Good one Gene๐Ÿ‘Stay safe out there.
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  8. Hit the water at dawn but no topwater. Caught a couple of spots and that's always fun. Easy fishing is over.

    1 lb. 4 oz. 14 in. Spotted Bass with a Ned

    1. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Nice bass Gene ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘
  9. Lake Hickory 9/18 I wanted to check on the boat after the rain. Did not take on a drop. They dropped the lake last week and its dead on full now. Kudos on the management. ...more I grabbed a couple of rods when the entire main channel was boiling. Waste of time chasing schools spread out that far. I never found a cove with schooling fish so i fished channel banks that had wind hopefully blowing bait in. I gave up after 2 hours of casting in and having warmouth hit my bass worms and crankbaits. I would say my Thursday the water should be stained enough to catch some fish. Water temp was 73 and will be back to 80 soon. I did make some brownie points by snagging some nice driftwood. Not much of a report. If you head to Hickory i would not leave dock til sun is up.


Started fishing at 4. Wore out 3 boats. Coming off a 20 year hiatus now that I can manage skin cancer. I got a great Sprint 255 w 55 Yamaha. ...more It pulls me at 32mph and the 10 gallon tank usually lasts 2 weeks. Afraid were going to sell it to get a 19' so we have room for all.

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  • Species Large mouth, Spots, Stripers & anything else.
  • Waterway Hickory, Mtn Island and Norman.
  • Lure Crank, spinner, TX rig worm, Ned Rig, jig

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