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New Member, from Tn
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Shawn.
Wondering if you have had any luck below the dam yet? I am suppost to have a new baby in the next couple weeks so I am hoping to sneak down there before it comes.
17 lb flathead..lost a 20 lb blue last Feb..but come april and may i'm in the channels big time..i'm just tryin to learn these blues in the winter..i just got my first gps/sonar..haven't had a chance to get it hooked up and in the water yet..
The biggest ive caught was a 20 lb blue. Hoping to get a new pb here in the next few months!! Whats your pb?
I have fished the hick for about 15 years, but just this past year have i really got into fishin for cats.
haven't been online in a really long time. Been puttin most of my energy into family and school..schools about out and my son is almost old enough to go fishin..I can't wait for summer..anyways got catfishin on the brain again.
Well Im going to hit Old Hick this week sometime and give it a try. Prod put in near the steam plant at ??? ferry. Its across from the plant. Not sure exactly when. There should be some good current flowing. Im not the best catfisherman but I have had some success. Ive just recently gotten better at catching skips. I know that is the bait of choice. Know I am working on just trying different spots and different depths. (when I get to go)
Will let you know how I do. May or may not catch anything. We will see.
Thanks for asking..
Have not been. Hopefully I can get out there soon. Reel soon :)
I stay out a long time if the fishing and weather is good I on;y stayed out for about 6 hours because of the rain but if it is good fishing and weather I will stay out there sun up till sun down and catch dozens and dozens of fish. Catch the skips right in front of the opening going into the steam plant .I have about 13 roofs lined up right now so I have been working sun up till dark for days but I am hopein I can go out this weekend. I haven't seen the weather yet but I am sure I'll be out there.
If you wanna come out with me today give ma a call, I am going to put in at flippers and will have everything you need just bring water and food I will have 8 rods for cats and 3 for skips. 615-642-8172, I can come back to the ramp and pick you up. Sorry for the late notice, I was going to take a guy out and try to show him how to fish for the first time and he just canceled on me. chris
Well the good news is you were able to get on the water. I have had my share of "no fish days". The day when you do catchem or bring in that monster makes up for all the days you did not catch any. Keep up the good work.
I am going saturday yes, if you need to stock up on skips we should go out to Cumberland city on day and catch a few hundred for the freezer. I am kinda low. I have a freezer in garage just for em. Let me know we can hit c city up I can check on the local reports to make sure they are in there. Very seldom do I go and not catch any. I get there 30 mins before first light.
Sorry to hear about the biggun getting off. I always fished the up river side of the steamplant.A few of my favorite spots for big Cats, was around the bledsoe creek area and up a little further to cunninghams island, lots of deep water and lots of "BIG" fish. Also a good place for monster Flats is the Devils Tea-Table near the skimmer wall in spring and summer. Keep me posted please and maybe one day this spring some of the Old hickory guys can hook up for a couple days of fishing.
As far as shad go I think it opens the door for drum and other fish for some reason. When I use shad on trot lines i end up with lots of drum but when I use skips i only catch cats. I haven't used shad for rod fishin in a year or so never done well with them. I use skips I always bring some frozen skips in case I don't catch any fresh. I am going ut sat. Gonna try some new rod racks I built for the front of the boat so when the wind sucks I can fish outs the fron I think it's gonna work well.
Skips I catch everywhere around the steam plant, in the mouth can be good on certain mornings, I try in the mouth and then troll up thru there fast twitching a jig behind the boat a ways and catch quite a few and up in the plant I catch them against the rocks in the current. Catfish around channel ledges Itie off to alot of buoys and fish behind them. Saves bringing the anchor up. But the current has been weak so I have had to find anywhere out or in the current in a while. Channel ledges have been the best for me steep drops offs.
Trip went great caught 2 cats, 57 white bass, 4 drum and 2 buffalos all on white and silver spoons. Steam plant sounds good Nickajack was 54 degrees today but no bait.
well I got about 12 decent fish in the boat, but it wasn't 30 or 40 fish, anyways if I were you I would fish from the steam plant down stream. It may just be me but I have never had a great day above the steam plant and have tried quite a few times because I have heard some of the pros say thats the only place to fish. I know Mark Hugley the bait shop owner does quite well up there but thats on trot lines. I truthfully couldn't tell you an exact spot to fish I just troll watching the finder lookin for good stuff and give it a shot 3 trips in a row may produce outa a hole and then the next 3 may produce nothing, I don't know what kinda of electronics your fishing but if you have the good stuff look for the humps and pockets in the sides of the channels.
I would do the same. Hit the steamplant for skips. Allow extra time for this.
From what Im hearing use small chunks of bait and hit ledges for 20min or so. Then move on if no luck. Ill be honest Ive tried bouncing the bottom all around the plant in the channel til we hours of the morning with no luck. I would try to find some current upstream and keep an eye on the radar for fish and hit deep holes or dropoffs. I have not been fishing regularly like I want. This is what I would do If I was going out.
Its been a while since I fished Old Hickory. I would catch my skipjacks near the Steamplant and then head up river away from the crowds and get into some of the deeper water running near bluffs and rocks and near the deep side of Islands.