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  1. TrophyLakerTaker

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    See you'all sat morning. Bring your wind proof bibs, jackets, hat, gloves in the morning and be ready to shed layers as the day progresses. Chilly start, but it will be nice once the sun gets up high.
  2. TrophyLakerTaker

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    I hope you can recover by then. I'm thinking of bringing these 2 as smoked trout snack for the weigh in. I just saw the article in the link from Feb 18th at the top of the thread. I don't fully agree on cost to get set up and down riggers. The main investment you need to troll effectively for trout is a 4 stroke motor and boat big enough for that body of water. you need the 4 stroke so you can control your speed, not get smoked out and not super noisy like a 2 stroke. 2 stroke will work though if its all you got. I bought my last downrigger for $75! Lots of ways to reach 60 ft and deeper without down riggers and often catch more fish and plenty get caught in upper 40 ft. Down riggers are just 1 technique.
  3. TrophyLakerTaker

    Finally got on the water...

    Thanks for the crappie post and update. Bass master classic on Douglas this weekend. Thus the traffic jam. I like the phrase bass punks! It should get better with warmer clearer water
  4. TrophyLakerTaker

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    I went yesterday 9 to 2 pm. WATAGUA lake conditions march 16; stained, 46 F surface temp. Still looks like winter conditions. Cold and chilly and windy. Fish were spotty. Good news is TVA pulled the water down and rat branch ramp and parking lot were in great shape and very little trash floating on the lake. Conditions for next sat will be good as long as we don't get hit with excessive rain on the next 6 days. A little bit clearer water would help and warm up a bit for sat.
  5. TrophyLakerTaker

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Was thinking about going to Douglas for crappie but reconsidered, so went to watagua. It was cold and windy and wore more clothes than I thought I would need. Not many bites, and actually kinda spotty but landed 2 dandies! Released 3.
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

  7. TrophyLakerTaker

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    March 23rd i can participate. Might want to check if any overlapping bass tournaments at Rat Branch... on march 23rd. Should not be a big issue though. I like the idea of heaviest 3 trout combined and biggest trout of each species categories. Starting at 7 A.M. and ending 2 pm doesn't account for the fact that it takes awhile for boats to travel to fishing spots, set lines, etc and then pull them out again and run back to the ramp if they want to go way up the lake and pontoons are not bass boats.... I'd prefer you can pay, head out where you want to be at 7 a.m. and then lines in. lines out at 2 pm, boat must at ramp by 3pm and then weigh in at 3 pm might give more flexiblity is my thoughts. More time for folks to fish who traveled along way.
  8. TrophyLakerTaker

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Saturday was nice 55 F, mixed clouds and moderate NW wind, so hit watauga sat afternoon. Water was high and way over the ramp and fishing pier, but pretty clear., 46 F surface temp. bought my new TN yearly lisc. fishing was decent. got 6 lakers in 4 hours. kept 2 fat ones for the broiler. mostly deep 40 to 70 ft. all about the same size 18 to 22" Pics of fish and new axle, spindles and hubs installed for shorelander trailer. Hope this solve the bearing failure issue on the ride side... guys from SC also launched their pontoon for trout and some local at the ramp who fish alot mid week checking in to see what up. I promoted the trout trollers tourneys coming up...
  9. TrophyLakerTaker

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Put my new axle on the shorelander trailer, new hubs, bearings, etc. Depending on the Actual Dates and locations, I can make some of this events. I'd avoid anything around July fourth and Memorial day weekend, etc due to traffic. I'm not against anyone using live bait, cut bait, vs scents, artificial lures as long as they fishing the same resivoir same as everyone else. Not a huge advantage. Some people might want to use live bait on down lines or off boards. If they outfish trollers, it would be nice to see it comparing apples to apples. Are entries per person or per boat.
  10. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Hey there trout Girl, about 70' is the max depth i think is good in the winter, and marking fish deeper, but seem like most active fish that will eat a trolled lure are 55' feet and above. They range all over the depth in winter. I'm sure you could tempt them deeper when they hovering close to bottom with live bait or vertical jigging, but most of the big trout ive caught in the winter are 40 feet to the near the surface on plugs. Blew my left side bearings again on the way back last trip. Luckily i keep everything i need to change bearings with me now. I replaced them no less than 1200 miles ago back in June. Always the left side. So, right now my boat and trailer are up on blocks and I removed the axle. Somethings been off on left spindle for a couple of years, scatcheup bad now. I am ordering a new axle and parts this week, to get back on the water in time for late winter i hope.
  11. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Made an early morning trip to watagua sat before the rain moved in. Caught Alot of small Lakers. 18 inch bass and a 17 inch brown on a Michigan stinger. at 40 feet on a downriver. Lost 1 decent laker because I was lazy with the net. Thought bigger lakers may bite with the full moon or walleye, but fish did seem super active.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    like 3.5 lbs. very delicious. didn't want to put that walleye back. 14 inches and was a real chunk, but glad to see some young walleye show up. I thought it was a spotted bass since it hit a crank bait after sun set.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    with warm weather sat went to watugua for the afternon dusk. maybe get a walleye. cauvht 3 dinks one decent and 1 nice one. plus a short walleye. first walleye i ever had to throw back at watuvua. wind was crazy. white caps in 2 directions . tornado like weather
  14. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Wow. 16 inch yellow perch is awesome. Went back to fish my favorite salmon river in U.P. of Michigan for king salmon on fly rod. Here is a picture of some pink salmon that naturally reproduce in lake michigan
  15. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Hi Fisher. I think what you call apex i call finweaver spons from the 1980's. Light fluttery hammerred silver and gold spoons. Work best close to the ball and on divers. I lost my 14lb cannon ball Monday for fishing really deep. ouch!