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  1. NukeFisher

    Night Fishing Lures/Tactics?

    dada - The ramp, parking lot, and partial surrounding area are open 24/7. The Park, such as the swimming area and pavilion are the only places closed at night. Roostertail - I have basically given up on night fishing for the time being. Too difficult to tell where a cast lands and where the lure is among other issues. A few nights ago I was tossing a chatterbait out and wasn't sure where it was landing or when it was fully retrieved. I will leave the peace and quite to those folks with bait on the line.
  2. Hey there, fellas. My fishing as of late has been a bit sporadic and I've found myself out by the lake long after the sun has gone down. I know with the weather changing and fish doing different things tactics this time of year are different in general but does anyone have any advice about night fishing in general in the area? I fish Ft. Loudoun and Melton Hill and wonder if there are any nice lure options or tactics to catch bass, striper, or most anything. In general I don't typically throw cut bait or any bait at all and was curious if any of y'all might know a lure or two I can stick in the travel tackle bag to fish with at night at either of these lakes. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
  3. Worked way better than a standard drop shot keeping a lure/ bait at a specific depth while letting it bounce down stream. Basically a bullet weight and a small split shot at the very end of the tag. For whatever reason this worked amazing bouncing along the rocks without getting snagged even when dragging it back or letting it settle. What are y'alls thoughts?
  4. Oh yeah. Also it sinks very quickly making it easier to hit those tricky spots and not have the lure/bait 15 feet down the creek/river before it hits bottom.
  5. I thought spider rigging was sort of like trolling with several rods out. Something crappie guys do in the winter. Curious why you would call it that?
  6. I have always heard/read that the steam plant was sort of a glue that held the lake together in terms of fishing. The warm water discharge being a focal point on the ecological line. Does anyone have any idea or thoughts about how the fishing and overall ecology of Melton Hill will be affected?
  7. NukeFisher

    Hey Everyone Im Back

    Hey, welcome back. I was wondering where you went. If you are looking for crappie from the bank I know that last year around this time there were some decent ones out at Solway around the Christmas trees surrounding the peer and right off the peer. Might give that a chance as it isn't too far from Carbide. The larger Gulp minnows (I think 2 or 2.5") along with the smaller ones work great if you don't have any live minnows.
  8. Thanks for the response, y'all. I was concerned thinking that the closure would have a much more significant impact on the lake. It is unfortunate about the Musky since Melton Hill is the premier Musky fishery in Tennessee and the 2nd best in the south next to the lake in KY. I am looking forward to better weather so I can get out there and put some lures in the water.
  9. These are the fish in the spring which I frequent to observe the wildlife. The fish in the photos are some type od darter I reckon. It was not easy to catch one. Does anyone know what kind of fish this is? It looks to be a darter of some sort and when I posted earlier about seeing a fish that looked like a cross between a sculpin and minnow this is what I was talking about...
  10. NukeFisher

    Fish ID Needed Please (Darter?)

    Thank for providing me with an ID. I looked for TN darters but couldn't find one similar and of course 90% of results are about snail darters. It wasn't easy to catch this one either....they are called darters for a reason! Also they are not easy to spot as they look so much like banded sculpin from a lot of angles. There are not a whole lot of them in the creek. On a side note, among the banded sculpin that are plentiful, I saw one that had the be the granddaddy of them all. If I manage to catch it and get a photo y'all will think it was something from the ocean!
  11. NukeFisher

    Fish ID Needed Please (Darter?)

    Oh yeah. I have been through it a bunch but couldn't find this one or at least missed it. There was another excellent site with tons of photos of all of the fish, I can't recall the name of it, and after trying to find it again via google nothing came up. I was real disappointed.
  12. NukeFisher

    Night Fishing Lures/Tactics?

    I just hit places along the bank as per usual. One of the things I love is the absolute piece most of the time. Of course sometimes on the weekends at Bull Run ramp there are some guys and gals having some fun but I can't blame them. One of the few nearby places open 24/hours where you can have a good time outside on public property.
  13. It could be possible that the cigar smell on your hands gets on some of the lures and turns off the fish. It sounds like a stretch but it might be worth consideration.
  14. I aim to always use high visibility line. I am a line watcher for sure. A lot of the bass I catch take weightless plastics on the way down and being able to see the line well enough to notice the quick twitch is important. Yellow, green, pink, red, polka dot, striped...it doesn't matter as long as I can see it. Why one person catches fish and another doesn't can always be a mystery. I am amazed how well the fish can smell. When I kept getting bass to investigate and not take a lure it drove me a bit crazy. Swapped out to some garlic scented lures and the fish loved them. Sunscreen and bug spray can also taint the scent of a lure. Just another thing to put out there.
  15. I had my phone in a waterproof case and tied it to some braided line on one of my rods. I recorded some video underwater and the sound of the braided line moving through the guides was very loud. I imagine it would carry a little way in the water.
  16. I wonder what goes through a fish's mind when it sees fishing line. "Oh no, there is a person out there trying to catch me!" I know visibility is a factor because I have seen bluegill and bass swimming up to leader knots to investigate. TNKen hit the nail on the head though, that presentation is the ultimate factor.
  17. NukeFisher

    1st Tn boat / bass trip

    If you have any small split shots you could try attaching one to the middle of an offset hook on a weightless plastic. Allows for a nice slow fall on most baits and allows for a nice action too. Lets the bait fall mostly horizontal and stand a bit if it manages to hit the bottom. Been my go-to as of late. Sounds like a nice lake to fish on. There is a Meadow Creek here in Knoxville though I don't think the waters are related.
  18. NukeFisher

    Fishing anyone??

    Nah. My brother brought the cast net and was loading up on threadfin. They were thick back in the creek. I don't know what else could swim back there with so many shad but I did catch one bass on a small spoon.
  19. NukeFisher

    Bluegill on beds?

    Fishing the Hill as usual and couldn't help but notice some gills on beds defending them pretty hard. Seems a bit odd or is this normal behavior because of the way the water is in Melton Hill?
  20. NukeFisher

    Bluegill on beds?

    Ah OK. I guess since I have been fixated on sight fishing lately I had never taken the time to actually watch them on beds. It has been fun. I always thought they spawned under certain water/light conditions. I've only seen straight up bluegill though and no shell crackers or other sunfish. Gonna have to keep an eye out for sure.
  21. NukeFisher

    Fishing anyone??

    I hit the Hill a couple times recently. Finally got some of those bass to take the bait. They were loving these Buddha Swagger worms rigged with an EWG and a split shot attached to the middle of the hook. Forget the name of that rig. I saw what would have easily been my PB swim up to one, open its giant mouth and suck it in...man I yanked to set the hook and pulled that worm out sent the bait flying behind me. Close as I have come to fainting. But along the bank those LMB are loving these worms rigged this way. Fixing to see about catching some skippies and hitting the Hill tonight for cats or maybe striper. Don't know if they feed at night though.
  22. NukeFisher

    Fishing License

    Fixing to renew mine. What are y'all's opinions about TN fishing license policies? Does anyone do auto-renew? Is it sensible to have an 03/01 cutoff regardless of the date purchased? Would TWRA look down on a "Type 198" if applicable because almost all of their funds are from annual purchases of fishing/hunting licenses? I'm going to stop by everyone's favorite store, which ironically does not sell walls, to get my new license, but was wondering what long-time TN residents thought about the fishing license policies in this state.
  23. NukeFisher

    Fishing anyone??

    Fished at Melton Hill recently. Not a whole lot of luck but there are plenty of bass. I can't get them to bite though. I've watched some big ones come up to my lure and then turn away.