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About ecox

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    2013 TA Member of the Year
  • Birthday 11/02/1947

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    Tazewell Tn. Norris & Cherokee lake
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    You guessed it FISHING


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    I love to fish
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  1. ecox

    Cherokee Lake striper newbie

    My first suggestion is to start a daily log of each fishing trip because the striped bass migration repeats annually with minor changes. History of the striped bass migration in Tennessee has become much more common knowledge since the beginning of the stocking programs back in the mid 60’s. There was no Striped Bass Clubs, no TV shows, no guides, no internet, no or poor fish finders, no books or articles on fresh water striped bass. Other change continues to develop that make the striped bass fishery different than 25 years ago like the change in seasonal draw downs, warm water discharge, & flow requirements by TVA, the introduction of alewife, the presence of huge flocks of gulls that were not migrating through in past winters, and the abundance of anglers now on the water trying to catch these big game fish. The striped bass will continue to seek the same conditions and knowing them will make finding them easier. The juvenile striped bass (less than 20 inches, or 4 pounds) will have different requirements so the conditions we talk about are for larger adults. Here is some of the more important requirement to target striped bass in any river or body of water. 1. WATER TEMPERATURE has a fairly wide range. The middle of the range is 57 degrees and the comfort range is plus or minus 15 degrees. Water temperature out of the comfort range the bite becomes slower and can kill the adults starting on the high end at + 15 degrees. 2. SPAWN SEASON is driven by length of day, and water temperature that starts as early as mid April and can last until June. The spawn takes place mostly at night when the water temperature reaches 62 to 66 degrees. The pre spawn staging takes place where there is lots of water inflow like natural rivers or multiple large creeks flowing into the same large cove. As the water temperature climbs above 70 degrees the striped bass having completed the spawn begin to seek cool water refuge. 3. FORAGE FISH is important for all game fish, but can fall to 3rd in the reasons stripers are at that location at that time. 4. DISSOLVED OXYGEN or the lack of it in the late summer large reservoirs is another migration driver for the striped bass. This sample will work on all rivers, & large reservoirs to target striped bass. The winter pattern for the striper starts around November as they follow the largest easiest to target forage fish schools out of the coves and rivers back downstream to mid and lower lake. Watch for warm water discharge influence. The forage fish seek the warmest water available and the striped bass gather into large schools to feed often pushing the bait to the surface where the gulls also feed. As the spring spawn approaches the striped bass move back upstream to stage just downstream of the major rivers and in the large coves with lots of inflowing water and bait is always abundant there also. After the spawn the water temperature starts to become an issue and the striped bass looks for a refuge in cooler water comfort range moving gradually downstream. In the late summer large schools of striped bass are often stressed by being trapped in small areas where lack of dissolved oxygen and high water temperature is nearly out of their comfort range. This is when the catch and release mortality is at its highest. By late September the cooler nights and lake turnover has started to release the stripers
  2. ecox

    Fishfanatic has joined us!

    I may be a good source of info & help for you, so just ask.
  3. ecox

    Striper planer board

    Seems like you have it covered but if not just let me know & I will.
  4. I am using gizzards that I do catch daytime cast net..
  5. I don't think fish are smart enough to see line with association of danger, so believe the action allowed by limp & smaller line contribute to more catches with action. All the details are important to improve catch like exact depth or placement, lure or bait, color, action, size, location, DETAILS!
  6. The fish have scattered and left form the lower end of the lake so don't expect much for the next 2 months there. Quarryville is the right answer on catching gizzard shad for bait but some may be available occasionally in the back of the shallow coves Mossy, Panther Ck., Bluegill is not my preferred bait & alewife are extremely difficult now. Best fishing is in the evening around point #13 to #19 if you don't want to go up to Poor Valley.
  7. Thanks Steve. Who photo shopped that big belly onto me?
  8. ecox

    TSBA annual Fish Fry

    Bunch of nice prizes. It is a great outing.
  9. ecox

    levans77 has joined us!

    Yes love to fish with you or just help you catch when you come down. Get in touch I fish all year.
  10. ecox

    Fishing anyone??

    I eat fish at least once a week. The striped bass are not going back good right now so only catch a limit then quit for the day. The striper are great table fair any way they are fixed. They are a firm, white, meat that holds together good for grill, blacking, baking or as Bubba Gump would say many other ways.
  11. ecox

    Fishing anyone??

    I fish about 5 days a week mostly Norris & Cherokee for stripers although most days catch about as many smallmouths. Other fish often caught are cat fish, walleye, crappie, & drum. I am a live bait guy so feed them not fool them.
  12. ecox

    levans77 has joined us!

    Welcome to Tennessee Anglers. I can help. Ezell Cox 423.526.3295