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About NukeFisher

  • Birthday 04/20/1981

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    Fishing obsessed, nature, ecology

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  1. Fishing last weekend

    I was having a terrible time with ice. I re-spooled with copolymer lines (was using braid) and applied KVD Line & Lure Conditioner. These were suggestions made in a previous thread. It has worked well.
  2. First Catch of the New Year

    The reel was a fun project during these rainy days. Took it completely apart and cleaned all of the pieces. Flushed the bearings. Polished the ends of the spool shaft, the spool shaft that rides in the pinion gear, part of the pinion gear, and the drag washer. Re-applied grease and oil where necessary and put the reel back together. Not sure what to do with it though. I can't hardly use a right handed casting reel. Maybe sell it or donate it?
  3. Flutter/Jigging Spoons

    I've heard of something similar but have never tried it. Modifying it with a streamer or minnow sounds like a good idea.
  4. Invitation to East TN Fishing Show

    No offense, man, but if I am going to pay 10 bucks to stop and say hi to someone good looking at a show it's going to be at the Emerald.
  5. Flutter/Jigging Spoons

    I looked them up and read a little about them. That is an interesting company. A lot of great things said about their spoons. I don't know if they would work for me though. I was trying to set something up that would cast well and be set on the bottom without so much fear of losing an expensive lure if it somehow got snagged. I actually lost one of the ones I put together recently do to a snag. Just out of curiosity, did you visit the store in Naples? I'm also curious if the modified drop shot you mentioned is the setup with a spoon instead of a weight?
  6. kwk has joined us!

    Just to add something about uploading photos, and I think this applies to non-premium members only: The photos can only be around 500KB or less in file size. I've had to open photos in Paint and resize them to get them under 500KB before being able to upload them.
  7. First Catch of the New Year

    I didn't catch any perch. There were crappie though. Fairly shallow and close to the bottom, less than 6 feet deep, around the Solway Park area. Long casts slowly dragging a black jig head with a nose hooked 1" plastic minnow on about a 1 foot drop shot. There are some Christmas trees around that spot and with the milfoil gone it is actually possible to fish there.
  8. First Catch of the New Year

    Went to Melton Hill 1/19/18 to try my luck. The surface was still and the water crystal clear. There were several fish holding close to the bottom and some moving about slowly among other things visible beneath the still and clear water. Decided to have a go at some sight fishing and brought this up. The reel works fine, just needs some cleaning and the rod (a spinning rod) cleaned up nice and isn't damaged. The rod was partially buried. Not sure when it ended up at the bottom of the lake.
  9. Winter Trout Stocking Progam, Golden Rainbows

    Reading your post was the first I have heard about it and began reading a little bit more about the stocking programs. I never knew the Dale Hollow Fish Hatchery had such a huge impact. What I am wondering is what happens with all of the other Golden Rainbows produced. Really cool to learn about.
  10. Flutter/Jigging Spoons

    Picked up some casting spoon blanks from Jann's Netcraft. 3/4oz nickel. Used a 4/0 O'Shaughnessy hook on a size 5 split ring. Attached with a snap swivel. I checked out the action of these spoons set up like this. It pretty much had a wonderful flutter action; slow and horizontal. I suppose this is cool considering the cost of name brand spoons. It would come out to a little over 1 dollar for each setup. Do any of y'all have experience with this type of thing? I mean, slapping a hook and split ring on a blank spoon instead of paying several dollars for a name brand spoon.
  11. Winter Trout Stocking Progam, Golden Rainbows

    There are some videos on the TWRA facebook page including one with a fisherman showing a golden rainbow trout he caught below Columbia Dam on the Duck River posted on the 9th. Another video has an interview with a gentleman from TWRA who said they weren't stocking golden rainbows at Percy Priest but the Flintville Hatchery stocking locations will include them and the Duck River at Fisherman's Park and the Duck River at Riverside Dam were stocked with some on the 8th. Not sure if this helps.
  12. Of Ice and Men 12-31-17

    I'm guessing this is going to be a "blankets the ground" year...
  13. Of Ice and Men 12-31-17

    Typically I love braid. It has been great to me on both casting reels and spinning. Haven't really fished in the cold like that with it though... I'm going to go ahead and spool up a couple reels with some mono/copolymer to avoid the ice so I can actually fish...which leads me to: The shad die-off. I thought perhaps something like that was going on but I don't know much about it. Is this an event that takes place over an extended length of time? I was thinking I might rig up some casting spoons with trailers, like a fluke or Gulp Minnow, and fish some spots with an improvised flutter technique. I'm not sure about the bourbon idea. Maybe tie off a bottle of Jagermeister, toss it in the water to chill, and go from there...
  14. I decided to give the last day of 2017 a go. Went to Melton Hill in the AM and on the second cast my line was mostly frozen. Bits of ice along the stiffened braid and chunks of ice in the guides. After looking about some spots made the decision to travel to Fort Loudoun. There were the gulls. Not sure which kind but small groups scanning the surface and diving down to collect something. Made a couple of casts and once again the line was frozen with chunks of ice on the guides. The braided line was terrible. When the line guide on my casting reel was mostly frozen shut it became clear the last day of 2017 would bear no kindness and there was no choice but to quit. Looking across the river 2018 still appears idyllic though. I hope you all have a great New Year 2018. - HereFishyFishyFishy
  15. Hello, Lost Forum

    Hmm. Walleye. Word on the street is its fixing to be catching time. I'm taking time to ready myself to hit the new year Sun Tzu style.