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  1. 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...
  2. 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!
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    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.
  4. 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!
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    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  17. Jigging for crappie at Concord Park and was very surprised to bring in this little perch. I didn't think the lake had a population, or at least anymore. Are there a lot of them in the lake?
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    Perch in Fort Loudoun?

    They are being caught in the Solway Park area on minnows but I don't know if they are there in numbers. Though I don't use live bait I have decided to make one of your minnow traps and catch some minnows (the creek in my apartment complex is *loaded* with minnows) to use out there or maybe even Concord. (Lots of big crappie out at Turkey Creek still). At any rate every time I go to the Solway area across from Haw Ridge perch are being caught. It maybe do to the treatment plant. All I know is that there are lots and lots of bait fish there year round and loads of crawdads as well. Where there is forage there is fish, right? The little one I caught was in maybe 6 or 7 feet or water if that means anything.
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    Lightweight umbrella rigs?

    I picked up some of the YUMbrella Ultralight Tripods at Walmart ($2 dollars each on clearance) and they have duo lock snaps which could take a variety of lures or be replaced with stronger duo locks. They could even be replaced with split rings if needed (they are attached to barrel swivels). It seems it would work for bass. The rig without any lures weighs 11.64 grams which is roughly 2/5s of an ounce.
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    New setup I am almost done with.

    I'm not sure what the Tornado Guides look like to be honest. The rod I built has a set of Microwave Guides. The striper does look a bit cyclonic or like a tornado though. It is an odd looking guide but it does actually function well. The handle is odd looking as well but also functional. Here is a picture of the handle. Phenomenal rod though.
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    New setup I am almost done with.

    I just need to put the last 3 runners on. St. Croix SCV Light/fast 7 foot, 2 piece blank with a 12" graphite TN handle. Microwave guides (like I said in my review they were going on the next build. Best guides for spinning rods, easily. I just re-used my old ones. ) But with the guides I tweaked the spacing a bit because it is for the 1000 series reel Stradic ci4+ (would have never bought but for some reason they were over 50 dollars off on Amazon. Waited 3 months and they tried to suspend the order!) and isn't in a seat. Changed the position of the runners too using the information about static load from anglersresource. That was after I changed the placement a couple of times already and why I need a break from messing with guide placement. I used the thin metallic pearl thread as the guide wrap, which is more for accents and decoration but it is wrapped very tight and when the epoxy is fully cured I'll clean up any remaining tags. The color of the thread actually looks amazing in certain light. Oh, and haha, I went to the hardware store and craft store looking for something to fashion as a sort of winding check. Got a couple of things and Hobby Lobby has a sale on certain beads and a bunch of Swarovski crystal beads were on clearance as well. Ended up with quite the fancy "winding check". Anyway, sorry for the long post. I had been wanting to create something like this for quite a while and made the decision after much debate. I thought I would share to see if anyone had any thoughts, ideas, or suggestion. If you haven't tried, love a good rod, have a bit of free time, wish to save money with company kits, or just want to work toward building a one of a kind, individualized representation of passion, I would say you ought to check it out. If you made it to the end of this best...Thank you.
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    New setup I am almost done with.

    I haven't checked out the Tornado guides but read the brief piece about winning an award at a fishing show in China for their appearance and that American Tackle has special order colors/finishes. I don't know much about a lot of the components out there though.
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    New setup I am almost done with.

    Sorry for the late reply. I changed some things around so the rod is very simple. I massacred the re-wrap of the guides. It still performs great.