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  2. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Going to Watugua Sat i hope. Pic of black crappie from Douglas.
  3. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I had a good trip to Douglas last Friday and Sat for Crappie. Weekend catch 33 crappie, 6 catfish and 2 whitebass, plus a 15inch black crappie. About a 5 gal pail to fillet each day. Ifinally figured out how to tell a black from a white crappie. Surprisingly, water temp on douglas was only 48.5 and ended at 52F. thats pretty cool stil. I brought by buddy fishing who is luckily and ace mechanic and help cut off the old u bolts and put new ones on. He also helped file and smooth the spindle a bit. My boat is and 18.5 ft Lund Sport Angler with 150 Verado and Kicker. My buddy taught me a trick when re-installing the bearing and hubs on the spindle. After putting the putting the washer and crown nut on it, he really tightened it down on the bearings until the wheel was really tight.. He called it seating the bearings. Then he back the crown nut off like 1/2 a turn til it spun more easy. That might be the part i was missing...seating the bearing. It pays to carry all the parts you need with you though. I usually run 10, 12 lb fluorocarbon leaders on lead core and 15 or 20 off divers to the bait. 10 lb if its really clear. and 17 lb or 20 lb on down riggers rods for trout. Fish don't seem too line shy on Watagua. Rainbow Trout don't see to show up on Watugua in the main lake areas until water temps hit upper 50s and low 60 for some reason. I guess their on the banks mostly in the creak arms. They go out deeper and mid lake after the lake warms up a bit. Seems that way every year.
  4. My cheapo cast net is a Betts No-Spook 10' in 3/8 mesh. If you are new to cast netting, I would probably start with a 6' and work up from there. And, yes, I have several in various lakes that are now permanent fixtures. I have figured out if you order them in pairs, the shipping cost is the same.
  5. Snichols

    Fort Loudoun Dam

    White bass are there. !
  6. Ask Ezell Cox he also had one a few weeks back for sale.
  7. Troutgirl

    Watts Bar, Dam Drum

    Who is this James? I'm figuring James is the code name for Todd Rundgren.
  8. dloveday

    Watts Bar, Dam Drum

    Huge drums!!
  9. Last week
  10. Snichols

    Watts Bar, Dam Drum

    James and I went fishing again today. We boated many (20) of these today, not what we were looking for. It was however a great day out with a friend fishing, thanks James for the ride. It makes me want to sing so here goes. I don't want to work I want to bang on the drum all day I don't want to play I just want to bang on the drum all day.
  11. I have a nice 12 volt circulator/ aerator you are welcome to it.i will not be down till august but i would ship it,free,just hook me up later this year...fillets or just a tip on a spot.it is a bilge,factory retrofitted as a aerator.probably 40.00 or so $ new...dont use it....now you need a tank...horse before the cart.
  12. rtillett

    Fort Loudoun Dam

    K, thanks.
  13. Fland49

    Accidents happen, split second

    Cajun, we old guys have had some good times, and some hard times. You are a tough one. Glad to hear about your projects.
  14. Fland49

    BayouCajun Needs Our Help

    Hey Cajun, we miss you. Hope you'll dredge up some of those stories about your early life and share some memories.
  15. ok if someone has a tank for sale, let me know
  16. rusty50576

    I need a bait tank and a cast net, any suggestions ?

    99% of the ones I have lost are right next to the bank just below ft loudoun dam. Sometimes it’s the only place to get bait and you have to let it sink into the holes
  17. Striperman Ron Whilden has a 50gl. Mel's for sale if it isn't gone already. Cast nets are a different story , what kind of bait, what depth ,what water like lake or river. I like a 7 foot 3/8 mesh for shallow water, 8ft or less of water, if I go deeper I like a 5/8 mesh, if you go real deep you want a ribbon net, most call them deep hole nets. I carry 4 different nets at all times. P.S. we all have'm laying on the bottom, some more than others.
  18. my net is laying on the bottom next to your net, lol
  19. ProTek

    BayouCajun Needs Our Help

    Glad to hear you’re still kicking and I really hope you’ll get better. I’ll send up a round for you. Also, I’m sure someone is willing to take that walk. Take care friend.
  20. Well....the details are mostly the same...except I am a measurable amount of slower....but no less determined, nor less hungry... I have a boat rigged for Cherokee and Douglas, and I can fish any day of the week....just not too many days too close to one another. I will be looking to fill an empty seat....if I don't know you...get in touch and we can grab a cup of coffee and see if we want to spend any hours on the water. Craig
  21. rusty50576

    Fort Loudoun Dam

    Try up in the Rapids!
  22. rusty50576

    I need a bait tank and a cast net, any suggestions ?

    The Striper guys have forgotten more about bait tanks and casts nets than I will ever know. If you are throwing it in ft loudoun or watts bar you better buy a cheap one! Or I can just give you the GPS coordinates of a dozen or so that I have lost in there
  23. rusty50576

    BayouCajun Needs Our Help

    Good to hear from you Craig!!!!
  24. BayouCajun

    Accidents happen, split second

    Hey Frank, Great news to see you move that tree this time... I haven't been on this website in a very long time, I have slowed down tremendously, just thinking about putting my boat in the water gets me tired enough to sleep all day....but, its been over a year and gonna get it done. Looking to do a little more driving around local this spring and summer, maybe look for real old houses, with a lot of fireplaces. Glad to hear and see you are moving around. I am also, in the workshop...tinkering mostly, making stuff that has never been made before, nor likely to ever be made again...rediscovered radios again...got my Ham License over a year ago and it keeps me busy showing others how to solder....a neat trick for someone with a wicked tremor. Keep on kicking, Prayers...
  25. BayouCajun

    BayouCajun Needs Our Help

    somebody's still kicking...don't know quite how....boat has been out of the water for over a year....batteries are all charged up....all except mine. Thinking real hard about fishing. Last week got a new sticker for the boat....maybe next week a fishing license. I have been doing good it has been quite a while since I have visited the fishing website. I don't have dada's years, but he sure can run circles around me....he could a few years ago, and I know those circles would be bigger and more of them by now. I am slowing down quite a bit. Spent 9 days in the hospital back in Dec, more heart stuff....this time it has...slowed me down a few notches, not like the last time where I actually felt better after a few months. And I can't seem to decide which toothache is actually worse. Might be looking to fill a empty seat every now and then....and someone to make that walk up and down the ramps. I will never forget and always feel gratitude for the help you guys gave me when I needed the most.
  26. I am thinking of a 50 gallon or so, and I gotta learn how to throw a castnet and not " donate " it into the lake permanently ..........
  27. rtillett

    Fort Loudoun Dam

    I hate those Dam rocks and those Dam birds also!!! Thanks for the report! We may try the Forks of the river this week!
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