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  1. TNKen

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. TNKen

    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.
  5. TNKen

    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.
  6. 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

    1. TNKen


      Check your messages, but unfortunately, the motor sold.

  7. TNKen


    My wife's motto: Gotta spend it to save it.
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    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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    We began turning off the light at night and really improved the catch.
  10. TNKen

    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.
  11. TNKen

    Well that didnt go as planned...

    Sorry Rusty, Let me know how it does when you get it working. Ken
  12. TNKen

    Watson's Open House

    I can do that!
  13. Site rep. Traveled to Hartwell on Wednesday after New Year. Got set up at the house we rented. Had all kinds of bait with us that needed care. Fished Thursday and Friday. I though we were fishing for decent fish, but, oh no, turns out we were fishing for dinks. Was told two twenty's would easily win. Turns out one twenty would have won. Managed to pick up one fish each on Thursday and Friday 4-5 pounds each. Marked a bunch of fish on various spots. Got ready to go on Saturday. Picked up the striper tubes as this is a live weigh in tourney. Tied rigs and got rods ready to go on Saturday. As it turns out, you don't need many rigs ready when you aren't catching anything. Saturday came. Up at 4:00, on the water by 5:30 for a 7:00 lines in time. Check in is at 3:45. Scouted some spots, and got set up. Did I mention that all the spots we marked on Friday were now unfishable because of a 15-20 mph wind and 2' whitecaps? Found some coves and picked up our first fish around 12:00. A whopping 1.2 pound striper. We are weighing that monster in come hell or high water. Throw him in the bait tank where he seems relatively happy. Move to our last spot which is a series of points that we didn't scout. About 2:30 we pick up a 3.4 pounder, and about 2:50 we pick up a 5.1 pounder. A whopping 8.5 pound bag limit. With the run and the whitecaps, we packed up and headed to the weigh in. Finished 18th out of 62 boats. For a lake we had never seen before, I was OK with the finish. We started in a large cove, and probably should have stayed there. Big fish of the tourney came from there at 16 pounds. Winning bag was 17.4 pounds. Turns out Hartwell apparently had a large die off this spring/summer. Lesson is be happy with the fish we have here in Tennessee. We will try again next year. I now have some spots and techniques I didn't have before. Striper fishing with a number 8 hook being one of them.
  14. I have an Ulterra that is like new and needs a home. Like new with a 48" shaft. Friend of mine passed away and wife is trying to sell it. I can check if you're interested.