Hello everyone. I hope fishing is going well. I have been absent due to a lot of bad luck. Mid winter I had the striped bass patterned well, until my outboard died. ...more The Suzuki was a 1998 and was flawless. The power head was just worn out and parts were impossible. Throw in the shortage of outboards due to Covid having everyone buying boats and you see why I've been absent. I finally found a SC dealer with a new Tohatsu 150 4 stroke. I decided I liked the Nitro enough to keep I am refreshing all the equipment: Ultrex 24v trolling motor w/spot lock, Auto pilot & wireless remote. Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93SV w/panoptics & Lowrance HDS on the bow. Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93SV & Lowrance HDS Fish Reveal on the console. There's another reason for the refurbishment. I have my Guide License now after a lot of people told me I could do really well. I have to finish the boat and do a thorough test on everything before I even think of booking outings. So there you go. I'm exhausted AND BROKE! If I didn't have the passion I would have given up, but I'm still consumed with fishing! More to follow...
Last Thursday when the temperature dropped and Hickory was flood plane. I didn't put that treble hook wound on her. My crankbait is still attached if you look ...more closely. I guess someone snagged her? She seemed to be healing well and it sure did not slow her down. 2nd best of 2020.
Great day on Lake Hickory. On the water at 5am and the cold morning killed the top water schooling. I found a few bait balls in a creek and I caught several on a ...more chartreuse crankbait. I caught a few more keepers then I switched to a XZONE Chartreuse Bomb tube. I'm glad I changed to a MH Falcon 7 ft rod. The next bite was not moving. 7.2 pound largemouth tried to pull me in. I finally lipped her and quickly measured and photographed her, revived her and put her back. I had a limit, PB on Hickory and back home by 11 am.
Part 2: Bass I got after the catfish war. No way to weigh it after the cat fried my scale. Big fun though!
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.
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
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