any nickajack fishermen out there?

Discussion in 'TENNESSEE LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by trippyclwn, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. trippyclwn

    trippyclwn Member

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    i was just wondering how many people go fishing at nickajack dam? and if they wanted to meet me down there sometime to catch some cats?
     
  2. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Hey Trippy, one of these days we will meet buddy. It is just too hot to be fishin right now for us. We do better in the cooler months catching cats anyway. Judy and I are due some time on the water, we have been fishing only one time in the last 16 months. We got to do some work on our boat but as slow as I am it will take a little while to do. We will catch you down at Nickajack here soon.
     

  3. trippyclwn

    trippyclwn Member

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    jim sounds like a great plan to me lets go! i'll be ready for a good trip out!
     
  4. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Hey Trippy, have you got some good cats tied out at Nickajack Dam? Two weeks ago today I caught my personal best (31-1/2 lb blue) up near Mullins Cove. I like that lake. I also really like Chickamauga as well. We tore em up there a couple weeks ago too. To answer your question about fishing at the dam,PM me and we'll get together. I can bank fish if you got a hot spot or I have a boat we can take,either one. I just like to fish with good folks and catch and eat good fish Come on.

    whatever it takes

    Cheez
     
  5. rollingsnapshot

    rollingsnapshot New Member

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    I fish the dam often. Not as often as I want but we all have to make a living. One night me two of my buddies hit it at just the right time. We were using cut up blue gills for bait, the turbines were pumping a bunch of water as always. We couldnt buy a bite for nothing. We were just about ready to pack it up and go when they finally turned the turbines off at about 1 in the mourning.
    I started us off right with a 35lb flat head. My buddy Keven scored next with a round about 50lb blue. He was totally stoked because that was his first monster cat, big differance to a bass or crappie. Jon scored next with 2 ten lb blues and Keven struck again with another monster 30lb blue.
    We cought all 5 fish in less than 2 hours off the same peir. Just as quick as they turned on they turned off. Thats why I say it can be awsome. I have fished that peir many a night and went home with nothing but a little less stress.
    Oh and can u belive I didnt have my trusty disposable camera in my tackle box! I am a photographer by trade and should know better cause hardly anybody belived us. Thats the way it goes I guess.
     
  6. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Cheez, there is a good hole about 400 feet in front of the turbins about midway. It is hard to find it but man there are some monsters down in that hole. I have only found it one time. They had just cut the turbins off and we were packing it in for the night and we went across the hole, it blew me away at all the big fish down there. If they have the turbins on you will have to have someone on the motor because the water is just too fast to hit the hole any other way.

    Have you guys tried inside the old lock? Judy and I have caught a bunch of big ones in there here are a few of the cats we have caught there at the dam and in the old lock.
     

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  7. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Well it looks like you can only post three pics at a time. Here is one last one.
     

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  8. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    Jim you forgot to tell them. That maw Judy catches all the big fish..LOL :p
    Looking forward to camping and fishing there. :D
    Pete
     
  9. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Jim, those are some nice fish. That TN river is hard to beat anywhere on it. You folks that get up near the dams in boats got more guts or something than me. I live close by and hear the stories of boats getting tossed around in that stuff. Most of the time the occupants are found a mile or two downstream wrapped around a log. I love to fish a bunch. I'll hang in there in the hot sun all day. I'll stay out all night in the mosquitoes. I'll beat ice off my rod guides. That fishing in the discharge of a huge hydroelectric power plant is too much adventure for me.

    can't say whatever it takes on that one

    Cheez
     
  10. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Cheez, did you get that big blue near the old homeplace rock foundation in Mullins Cove? Since they built Nickajack, and the water level is higher, I would expect that to be completely underwater now. Also, there used to be an old wooden barge resting upside down in water just deep enough that the bottom was barely out of the water. If it still exists at all, it would be completely under now, too. (You may have already gathered that most of my experience fishing that area was before Nickajack was built.) Hales Bar Dam was replaced by Nickajack because too much water was leaking past. Not through---underneath. The water had washed out large caves under the dam, letting the water run through. Hales Bar Dam was dynamited in place, and except for the channel, the broken concrete all rests in place. If the idea of fishing concrete rubble with caves underneath doesn't get your interest, you need to switch over to fishing for killer whales from a float tube. Hot weather? Try anchoring over that concrete rubble at night using both fresh, bloody cut bait and live bream. Heavy tackle, and either tie rods to the boat or put them in a strong rodholder.
     
  11. trippyclwn

    trippyclwn Member

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    i went to nickajack this morning for a while to fish at the old boat ramp but after not catchin anything in 2 hours my patience was up a couple of bream hits on the pole but nothing else and the turbines were off too for almost 30 minutes i used livers and had my hook 2 ft from the bottom they must have just got finished eating i guess. ill definately stay longer next time though.good luck to you guys!
    p.s. cheez im off on mondays and thursdays so usually sunday nights or wednesday nights are ok for me to go fishing just let me know when and where to meet sometime.
     
  12. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Blame Pete, I didn't want to tell everyone that Judy caught all them but she did. :eek: Well now everybody knows what a lousy fisherman I am hehehe :p :glare:

    Jerry, Judy and I have been to Hales Bar a bunch of times and you are right there are some mighty big fish there and a bunch of them but we haven't been able to hang one yet. I wish we could find some of the places you have told us about, there has to be some big ones there.
     
  13. Cheez

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    I have been going to try Hales bar dam but the mouth of Mullins cove has been good to me so far. I'm going to Chickamauga tomorrow to get some nice smaller blues
    Thanks for the info Mr. Trew

    whatever it takes

    cheez
     
  14. Tellico00

    Tellico00 New Member

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    Cheez,

    Any luck at Chickamauga? Where do you normally put and which direction do normally go? I went last Saturday, Soddy Lake out ot the mouth of the river and zippo. Maybe the afternoon storms are creating problems. I hope have more luck that I.

    Mike
     
  15. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Hey Mike, read my post on Chickamauga Blues, We had another super day today. Put out @ Skull Island and fished the river channel close to Sequoyah. Nothing huge but tons of fun and lots of eating. That's mostly what I'm in it for anyway.

    whatever it takes

    Cheez
     
  16. fish

    fish Active Member

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    John, I like your profile picture and that is a nice fish you have there.


    Man ya'll are really making me want to hit the river. Judy and I do most of our fishing in the fall and winter months though. We are going to do our best to do some fishing this year.
     
  17. Cheez

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    Hey Jim, I never have catfished in the fall or winter. I've always been a spring/summer catman. Maybe if you don't mind you and Ms. Judy could teach me something about it. I would be a good student, I wouldn't talk out of turn, I wouldn't be late for class, I wouldeven bring the teacher an apple (or maybe some cutbait).

    whatever it takes

    cheez
     
  18. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Cheez, we will be tickled for you to go fishin with us buddy, now as for the teachin part... From the looks of the cat in your profile pic, you could give fishin lessons. We will get together here soon and at least have a cup of coffee. This fall or winter we will hit the water hopefully. It has been a long time since Judy and I have been fishin. How far are you from Chattanooga?

    We still need to get our boat up to snuff before we can do any fishing except from the bank.

    We are getting a bunch of fellers here on the BOC from this area, so we all need to meet up sometime.
     
  19. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Jim I live in La Fayette I'm 30 min from Chat.. What part of town do you live in ? I'm up there all the time. We'll fish anytime you get ready. My boat is plenty big enough for three. You and Ms. Judy are welcome anytime. My wife don't fish at all. She loves to eat cats though. She's from AR. Everyone from Arkansas loves catfish. They don't call it catfish. It's just fish. When you ask what kind of fish are we having they look at you real funny. Ain't no other kind out there I guess. Either that or it just don't matter as lon as it's fried. I can handle that too.
    Did you get my e-mail.? If so give me a call. I'm coming to Chattanooga on Monday.

    whatever it takes

    Cheez
     
  20. trippyclwn

    trippyclwn Member

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    is it true there is a gathering in tennessee jim? chattanooga even?
    if so could you give me the info for it so i can try to be there this time?
    thanks jim