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  1. TNKen

    ExSoldier62

    The shoal in the bottom pic put the first ding in my boat. We missed the slot by about 12" and bam.
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    ExSoldier62

    The Holston and Watauga collectively are two of the best trout rivers east of the Mississippi. They hold roughly 8-10,000 trout per mile of river. I like to fish when the river is generating using jerk bait lures, but of course, that means you have to have a boat of some description. You can also find places here and there where you can cast from the bank on generating waters. Spoons and spinners also work at times. Option #2 is flyrod, but that takes patience and knowledge of the river and hatches. Most fish on low water, or small releases, but this can also be done on generating water. Option #3 is the standard natural bait method, corn, salmon eggs, minnows, etc. I can suggest a guide or two to get you started.
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    Lowrance HDS Live

    Be careful, there is the Live which was introduced last October, and now the LiveSight which was introduced recently which looks to be the addition of a new transducer. Good online reviews, but I have heard otherwise third-hand from some users. I was looking at the Garmin LiveScope, but keep getting choked on the price.
  4. Nice boat. You should be able to travel most anywhere once you learn the slots and rocks. Biologists now say S. Holston holds approximately 10,000 fish per mile. No shortage anywhere. Watauga is not much different. Some guides trout are easier to catch on the 'Taug, on flies, but not my cup of tea. Big thing on the Watauga. Remember Doe River dumps in out of Roan Mountain on the upper end of Elizabethton. If it rains, the Doe will muddy the lower end of the Watauga for days.
  5. First and foremost, download the TVA app on your phone to keep up with generation schedules. And check it no less frequently than hourly when on the rivers. I prefer to put in low, run upriver, and fish down. That way if they turn off the river, you are making a run to the trailer. Had that happen several times unexpectedly. All of these rivers are pretty much impassable without generation flow. My boat is a 25 1/2' inboard jet. I need 2' to take off and set down, 15" to draft and float, and about 8" to run depending on how much weight I am carrying (people, fuel, gear bait tank full/empty). Go to a pool supply shop and get an underwater repair patch kit, about $50. It is two tubes of heavy putty that you cut and mix. Sets up underwater. May come in handy. It isn't if you will hit something, just when and how bad are the results. Watauga is the most difficult of all. Cincinnati Insurance Company can attest to that on my boat. Misjudged a slot and major damage. Use the Wilber guide for generation schedule, NOT Watauga. Watauga minimum flow for me to be comfortable in most places is about 2,200, but I like more. I can do a few sections at 1,600 TVA messes with Watauga daily. Right now, it is running 2,650. I am comfortable on the lower end, avoid the Sycamore Shoals area, and I've never been above B-Cliffs. Holston minimum flow for me is 2,400. I can run from Boone Lake to the Wier Dam on this flow. I like 2,750 more, but this is fine. Several bad areas. Hickory Tree rapids, Cedar Falls, and the slot coming up out of Bluff City. Tons of miscellaneous rocks to remember and avoid. Clinch below Norris. I have fished several sections. Typically, I look for 2 generators of at least 6,000. I know a couple of sections. Ezell is the man here.
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    Spring fever

    My tub is in the shop getting a paint job. Trey was on Boone last weekend. Water temp was 46. Blowing a ton of water out of Holston and Watauga, making trout fishing tough as well.
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    LED Boat Lights

    I have a large LED light bar on my boat that I can never get adjusted to the right height when running. It is on the T-Top. There is no happy medium. II set it so it shines when I am running, then it blinds you from the reflection within the boat. Set it for running at idle, and it is in the stratosphere when the boat is on plane. I mostly use it for docking, and loading, so it is set for a low shine. As far as the LED strips go, I have two blue ones on my T-Top. Wildlife office told me if the boat was bouncing, and giving the appearance of a "flashing" blue light, they would ticket me. I like the blue as it doesn't give blinding light at night. Green or red would probably do well too. My thoughts on the LED stick on strips is they work well. The wiring is the hardest part. The LED strips are in my mind easily replaceable.
  8. dada

    TNKEN, I'm looking for a 48" Trovola . Is it still available, & WHAT PRICE ASKED?  12 V. is wanted, but I always carry 2 batteries for trolling.  Give me a message or call 865-922-4524.  dada 2-26-19  9AM

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      TNKen

      Check your messages, but unfortunately, the motor sold.

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    Rusty

    My wife's motto: Gotta spend it to save it.
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    HOW DO YOU HOOK YOUR BAITFISH?

    I've gotten a few over 6" and one 12" once, but usually like Ezell. Depending on when, where, and the bait I'm using, I'm an octopus hook guy too. Anything from a #6 to a 10/0. We need to make a run for the 7" alewives; tell me when and where.
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    DEEP HOLE CASTING NET

    We began turning off the light at night and really improved the catch.
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    Well that didnt go as planned...

    Main things in my boat are screwdrivers, crescent wrench, vice grips, zip ties and duct tape. And, a bag full of electrical connectors, fuses and a crimp tool. The electrical bag gets used all the time on bait tank wires and pump wires.
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    Well that didnt go as planned...

    Sorry Rusty, Let me know how it does when you get it working. Ken
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    Watson's Open House

    I can do that!
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