1. 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.

    1. Bryan Harper 0
      Congrats! Great catch! πŸŽ£πŸ‘
    2. Erich Senft 0
      awesome description of the day :) congrats on that brute
    3. Well did ya take a nap when ya got home Gene or was you to AMP'D😁. Awesome catch budπŸ‘ŠπŸ» Glad to see ya back at it.
    4. Tod Fisher 0
      great catch Gene πŸ‘
    5. Pete Lyden 0
      thats how u draw it up.... and home in time for lunch
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  2. 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 GeneπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. 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 GeneπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Nice story
  4. 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 GeneπŸ‘πŸ»Glad to see ya back out there.
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  5. 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.
  6. 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

  7. 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. 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.
  8. 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 GeneπŸ‘Stay safe out there.
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  9. 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 πŸ»πŸ»πŸ‘

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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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