1. 49.5 lightly stained. Deep points on a jerkbait.

    1. It does look like a spot! But a darn good one!
    2. 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. Nice Spot Gene👍🏻Glad to see ya back out there.
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  2. 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.
  3. 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

  4. Hell's Bells! 🤯 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. 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.
  5. 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. Good one Gene👍Stay safe out there.
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  6. 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 🍻🍻👍
  7. 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.

  8. Prudence today. Tied down the yard. Made ice, charged batteries for lights. Packed sister up to ride it out. Shes in terror living in double wide. She won a Yett ...more so its here. 5bags of ice in the freezer. New grill works perfectly and it does have a pan burner. All meds in stock.

    I owned a generator. Ethanol made the carb had been in acid. Devoured the seals. Im not able to keep one cranking with my rebuilt neck, back and shoulders.

    If there are any generator people here whats the easiest way? Gas converted to propane with electric start with .

    Would it be cheaper to put in a Generac?

    What size to run it and including 220 and heat pump?
    1800sf 2 story fully insulated.

    If theres anyone in thar business thats a serious gun collector we should talk. Ive got enough high dollar Kimbers, Colts, one of 20 set, SAA.

    PM me.

    Hickory NC

  9. Doldrums ending and the lake will be unfishable if we get expected rain. Just happy to be out. I caught a spot before the largemouth. Excuse the picture. Bass was ...more not in the posing mood.

    Largemouth Bass with a KVD 1.5

    1. thats it lol. Got mine at cabelas i think Gene. Either way they both are good baits👍
    2. Gene Cowan 0
    3. think its a strike king pro model 4s.
    4. Gene Cowan 0
      I was looking at the joke of a webpage at Ass Pro. I swear a 3 year old designed it.

      Is it under KVD S? I was trying to find the really fat bait in the same color. ...more The 1.5 is supposed to go 5ft. Maybe if the lake was dry. Those clowns want a $50 order for free shipping. Academy is $25.
    5. Good one Gene👍Love that color crank the 4s series has little bigger profile and gets down little deeper.
    6. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice bass!!
    7. jeff mcelroy 0
      nice fish and stay safe
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  10. Buzzbait? I have a few old bussbaits with no skirts. I sharpened the hook and put a swimbait on it with no problems. I rigged another with a Zoom horny toad. With ...more the twin tails plus the spinner it has killer action. Im having trouble getting both on plain, especially the toad. Would I be on the right track going to 7.3 gear ratio on 10lb mono? I was using 5.3 with 30lb braid and 12lb fleurocarbon leader. Would a mono leader work well? Scared to try that since i had a disaster trying hybrid leaders. That stuff is so slick the knot would pull apart. Any other hybrid spinnerbaits that work for you guys?


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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