1. 4 lb. 13 oz. 24.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a crankbait

    1. Gene Cowan 0
      Thanks guys. Boat is ready to test everything. I'm not stowing wires or loading her up until she's been tested one end to the other. I totally forgot the ...more new outboard hasn't been in the water. I'm really strict on the break in. I have the factory specs on my phone. I might do that tomorrow and Sunday. Total break in is 10 hours and I'm not going to argue with the Honda engineers! Oppps, make that the Tohatsu engineers! Learning the Ultrex trolling motor is intimidating. I have a little time on my cousins so that should help. The panoptix is really out there. I've seen my buddy operate his. He was in a school of smallies that got lock jaw. We switched over to live bait and it was really cool to watch our baits lower to the fish. No takers, just some nosing of the bait. One fish came up, slapped the bait away and left. That was it for the day. Kind of nice when the fish tell you it's time to go home! Back to work!
    2. Kirk Voltz 0
      Wow....Very Nice
    3. Harold Stafford 0
      Very nice
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  2. 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...

    1. Shawn Gearinger 0
      Best of luck!🎣🐟
  3. 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.

    1. Harold Stafford 0
  4. 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. Josh Sommerville 0
      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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  5. 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»
  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. 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.
  9. 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


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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