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  • Birthday 01/15/1982

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  1. SpareTime

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I love the idea! Teams could be cool too...like team SoHo, team Watauga, team wherever they can catch'em. Meet back at a central location to compare catches, stats, recipes, stories...meet new people, learn new things.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Nice fish!!! I'll bet that little fella had a good time!
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Nice!!! That would have been a good day in my book! I was looking at the stocking report stuff, and couldn't find any numbers. In NC they would tell the # of each type of fish released. Do they provide that info in TN anywhere? I was also wondering why, in tellico for example, they only release rainbows. Why no browns? I could maybe understand no brookies. more fragile from my understanding. When i was in college, they had some study on trout going in the basement of the natural science building. My cousin came up one weekend over the summer (for a campus tour and fishing) and while showing him around campus, we talked to a professor that let us go in and look around and talked with us for about an hour. He had pretty well concluded that in nearly all cases, brookies were least durable, then rainbows, then browns being the most hearty. changing PH up and down, temp up and down and seeing which ones died out first was how they were testing. In saying all that, wouldn't browns be a good choice for tellico? Also as you've questioned before, why no brookies in Chilhowee? Seems like they would be well suited in both cases. Just wondering what you and others may think/know about this?
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Once I can finally get back on the water, my plan is to try everything I can upstream of the 411 bridge. I have no clue how trout act in a lake, so it'll be a lot of trial and error on my part. I've got a friend that's got a little jon boat, so we are gonna try some different approaches with that little thing to. Try and go where mine won't...maybe...we'll see. How'd ya do at SoHo?
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Inquiring minds want to know how you do, if you go. I was hoping to get my boat out for some test runs this weekend, but insurance is dragging their feet on getting my truck fixed. Probably not the safest thing to tow a boat with a mangled hitch. Maybe i can find a friend with a truck who wants to go fishing. Fingers crossed!
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    World record crappie possibly.....

    good nnniiissss! While it wasn't THAT big, a childhood friend of my caught one that was around 3.5 lbs, in a creek we fished growing up. It was nearly that length, just didn't have near the girth. We were young, and unsure of what it was because of it's size...so we ate a probable NC state record. My buddy that caught it wasn't the most dedicated fisherman. He showed up that day with nothing. So we game him some line and a florescent fuzzy tailed little crappie jig. He made a cane pole, and out fished us for sure that day. He also caught a 8.5 lbs large mouth that he had mounted. Needless to say, we where down there for weeks after that, fishin with cane poles and crappie jigs.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Yea, all that water up there looks really good to me. I went to school at WCU and had a job one summer surveying sections of road for the NC DOT in macon, swain, clay, graham, cherokee, and parts of jackson, haywood, and transylvania counties. I saw A LOT of water I still want to fish. I spent a lot of time wading the Tuckasegee river and surrounding creeks. Never did much lake fishing due to being a broke college student. I could always afford to ride 3 minutes with my micro spinner and a couple rooster tails in the cap. I always wondered what tasty fillets were swimming around in all those lakes while doing that DOT job. Campsites in the smokies on the banks of fontana for a few nights with a boat is a goal of mine ever since. First things first, i gotta get my boat going. I'm new to the real boat thing. I had a jon boat and a trolling motor growing up, but i'm now learning how much i hate old 2stroke motors. SOON...i'll get my feet wet in the upper end of tellico and chilhowee. I heard there were trout up there from neighbors. Now I'm here an hope to learn a lot from experienced anglers such as you. Really nice perch! I caught a lot of those when i was young, but nothing like that. I hear they are good eatin. Is that a good eatin size walleye? I've never caught one, and look forward to going after them as well.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Do you take 129 pullin a boat? I wanna check out calderwood at some point and fontana, but was unsure about taking a boat up through there.
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    Thanks! I caught a hand full of keeper crappie a few weeks back on tellico, in the notchy creek area. I got to go with my neighbor. My first east TN fish was about a 13 white crappie.
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    SpareTime has joined us!

    The screen name implies when I get to go fishing. Too bad I don't have a whole lot of it. I've lived in Maryville for about 5 years now. I was born and raised in the piedmont of NC, just west of Winston Salem. I grew up in the sticks, fishing the Dutchmans Creek, and a small watershed lake with some of my good friends. We were typically going for catfish, but we caught yellow perch, crappie, bass, carp, and bluegill. Yearly trips to the NC coast pier and shore fishing were always fun as well. Throw in the occasional trip to the carp pond and you have my early childhood in a nut shell. I discovered trout fishing while in college at Western Carolina University. I fished the Tuckasegee River pretty heavy around campus. I even caught a couple trout in Cullowhee Creek right in the middle of campus. Camping and fishing for native brookies in Panthertown Valley was and still is one of my favorites. I now find myself surrounded by unfamiliar water just calling my name. I purchased an OLD pontoon a few years back, and it's been a work in progress. I'm hopefully getting it on the water soon to start learning some of the water here in east TN. I'll catch whatever bites, but I'm really looking forward to going after some of the trout in Chilhowee and the upper end of Tellico. Going after cats at some point should be fun, and I wanna try some walleye. I hear they taste great. I'm sure i'll be hitting some of you up for your extensive knowledge. Thanks in advance!
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