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  2. dada

    Finally got on the water...

    Tubejig, who's complaining about a ramp with only 3 rigs parked there? That is what I call EMPTY. We launched in less than 2 minutes! at Dandridge ramp. dada 3-18-19 3:07 PM
  3. Jusfishn

    Finally got on the water...

    Lol, I'm a very easy going guy that as I've aged takes quite a bit to get me going. But when u pull in to a public ramp such as Dandridge and u have 3 rigs setting side by side blocking the whole left lane shooting the breeze holding up 5 rigs in a line I think that's pretty ridiculous. Then if that isn't good enough you are on the lake coming out of a cove into the main body and swerve 3 times to avoid a collision and finally just shut your boat down and stop because instead of watching where they are going they are watching there speedometer to see if they have hit 70mph yet and then have the tenacity to throw their arms up in the air like it's my fault and proceed to warp it around and come be confrontational then change their mind when it's a big man with a German shepherd and they are young bass punks. It's just ridiculous that most of them guys cant act like they have a brain and slow down and be respectful. Those fish aren't going no where and as bad as they wanna pretend like they are in the bassmaster they aint. So like you said, they need to slow down and enjoy life. As far as the old men taking their time and just making sure they have everything, if I never get in the water I'm fine as long as they make it out there safely and enjoy themselves. They have earned the right to take their time. No doubt I used the generalization of 90 percent of bass fisherman too quickly. But it only takes one or two idiots to give a bad taste. Their are good and bad in all of us. But I've never had a crappie,cat,striper fisherman nearly run me over or put me in a wave pool b4. Most will agree.....
  4. TrophyLakerTaker

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    I hope you can recover by then. I'm thinking of bringing these 2 as smoked trout snack for the weigh in. I just saw the article in the link from Feb 18th at the top of the thread. I don't fully agree on cost to get set up and down riggers. The main investment you need to troll effectively for trout is a 4 stroke motor and boat big enough for that body of water. you need the 4 stroke so you can control your speed, not get smoked out and not super noisy like a 2 stroke. 2 stroke will work though if its all you got. I bought my last downrigger for $75! Lots of ways to reach 60 ft and deeper without down riggers and often catch more fish and plenty get caught in upper 40 ft. Down riggers are just 1 technique.
  5. Troutgirl

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Now that I can get my boat out, I've run into a new problem. I got bronchitis over the weekend. I'm going to the doctor in a short while. I hope that some antibiotics might get me well enough to fish by the weekend. My brother is really psyched to come. He's a former athlete and just craves competition. I'd like to meet the folks I talk to on the fishing forums as much as doing the actual fishing. I hope to make a quick recovery. I've spent the past week polishing and tweaking my equipment. I really wanna attend!
  6. rusty50576

    Finally got on the water...

    Hey where did the bass fishing hotline number go Rick??? I need some pointers! For starters I realized all classic competitors fish way downstream of where I do
  7. Tubejig

    Ott Wins Classic

    I agree Ott's a good fellow from my experience. Wheeler also broke a Duckett Rod. They were buy one get 2 free at Expo. $33 each. But they have a production issue, I think, as they break often. Rusty, expected you to come by Fitzgerald and buy my lunch LOL. Estimated to be over 150,000 attending this Classic. That translates to roughly a gazillion dollars for local economy. LOL
  8. rusty50576

    Ott Wins Classic

    I was out on the water watching Saturday and Sunday and went to final weigh in. Saw wheeler break down Saturday, went to final weigh in also
  9. dloveday

    Ott Wins Classic

    Good for Ott!!! We see him down on the FB once in a while fishing. He is a really nice fellow.
  10. Tubejig

    Ott Wins Classic

    Ott Devoe, local guy, won the Bassmaster Classic this weekend. Quite an accomplishment as it's said to worth well over a million dollars over his career. A lot of folks will be vacationing over on Loudon now!
  11. Tubejig

    Finally got on the water...

    It was a nice day, Saturday, and you think a crowded boat ramp on Saturday is unusual. it's a public ramp, it's gonna be that way every Saturday until at least Thanksgiving. Perhaps you should get used to it or pick another day. I'd rather fish mid-week if possible. I bass fish primarily although I fish for crappie too. I see and deal with crappy crappie fishing people all the time. Mostly older folks who take an inordinate time on the ramp. Some of them unload their coolers and such while parked on the ramp. some of them are just older folks out to enjoy the day. No need to get your panties in a wad, I think how I hope when the years catch up to me that I can still go, even if someone thinks it's there own private lake. Life's short, enjoy it.
  12. Troutgirl

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    I'm envious of ya'all !!! A nasty cold has struck me over the weekend. I'm gonna see the doctor tomorrow. I hope some antibiotics will patch me up enough to fish this coming Saturday.
  13. inthebox30lbs

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Great looking fish!!! I'm headed up Thurs-Sunday. Looking forward to it.
  14. Yesterday
  15. dada

    Finally got on the water...

    Dandridge was "empty" of rigs this AM at 8:30. The Geico Bass was at Ft. Loudon this weekend To make matters worse, Charger 1 & I didn't get one crappie bite down from the ramp, nor down around Muddy Creek. (Wednesday, we got 12 good ones) We could see fish on the fishfinder at both places, mostly near the top, but they had LOCKJAW today! dada 3-17-19 2:38 PM
  16. Jusfishn

    Finally got on the water...

    Is bassmaster on douglas? Thought it was on tn river or loudon .... bass punks is my PC term. I have worse I whisper silently lol
  17. TrophyLakerTaker

    Finally got on the water...

    Thanks for the crappie post and update. Bass master classic on Douglas this weekend. Thus the traffic jam. I like the phrase bass punks! It should get better with warmer clearer water
  18. Fisher87

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    I was there as well. Fished from 7 to 1pm. Caught 2. Wind was brutal. Was that you I seen in the black boat right below the bridge? I was in the Pontoon with hard top. Looking forward to next weekend and clearer water. I seen 42 water temp at 7 down by the dam. Close to 45 when I left. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  19. TrophyLakerTaker

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    I went yesterday 9 to 2 pm. WATAGUA lake conditions march 16; stained, 46 F surface temp. Still looks like winter conditions. Cold and chilly and windy. Fish were spotty. Good news is TVA pulled the water down and rat branch ramp and parking lot were in great shape and very little trash floating on the lake. Conditions for next sat will be good as long as we don't get hit with excessive rain on the next 6 days. A little bit clearer water would help and warm up a bit for sat.
  20. TrophyLakerTaker

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Was thinking about going to Douglas for crappie but reconsidered, so went to watagua. It was cold and windy and wore more clothes than I thought I would need. Not many bites, and actually kinda spotty but landed 2 dandies! Released 3.
  21. Jusfishn

    Finally got on the water...

    Lol would've been some helpful insight huh? Lol Yea I was on doogles. Fished the lower half of lake. Figured it would be the clearest part.
  22. fishnfool

    Finally got on the water...

    Get that pup a life jacket LOL! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. rusty50576

    Finally got on the water...

    Thanks for the post, were You on Douglas ?
  24. Jusfishn

    Finally got on the water...

    Finally made it out for a day on the lake. But before I was able to get the boat wet I had to deal with what seemed like every boat owner in Tennessee on the highway and then once I got out of that nightmare I got to set in line, at daybreak, to get my turn to put in. I know the lake is for everyone but I'd swear if 90 percent of the bass fisherman you deal with just seem like such arrogant jerks. 250 hp motor, 70 mph hole to hole fish 5 minutes and off again. The water was relatively smooth other than the wave pool caused by the bass punks. Anyways off my soapbox. So the crappie are very confused right now. They are there stacked up but not in much of a mood to cooperate. Seemed to be in the top 15 ft of water. I only caught one and missed a bigger fish, drum or white bass I figure. Fished lower end of lake. Planer boards, jigs and plastic. 53.5 water temp with dingy water. Maybe when the water stabilizes they will do better. Oh and for the funny of the day..... so I'm setting there around 930 just watching the poles. Got my German shepherd with me who is only 9 months old and this is his 2nd time on boat. As I pay attention to poles I hear a loud curplump... lol.... like a big rock being dropped from a bridge. Yep it was the dog. He thought there would be a bottom under there. Down he goes for what seemed like 5 minutes and when he came up u could tell he regretted it lol. Luckily he had his collar on and I was able to get him back in. Once back in the boat he had the funniest look like, oh boy did I make a stupid decision lol.
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  26. Fisher87

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Headed up in early am. Who else is going to pre fish tomorrow? Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  27. ecox

    Spring fever

    I enjoy all sizes & species. Those are very respectable size.
  28. rusty50576

    Spring fever

    I bet you just boat flip the ones under 20 hahah
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