Swamp and I headed out Wednesday morning on our trip to Wheeler Lake. We had a bunch of stuff to pick up on the way including skipjack from the TN steam plant. We arrived at cumberlin city around 4 in the evening and the skips were not running very strong. We ended up catching around 50 in about an hour. We ran into a fellow BOC'er named brother hilljack (Shane) as we were getting ready to leave. We shot the breeze for a while and he ended up giving us the rest of his skipjack that he had in his cooler. (thanks again Shane) Well as we reached Rogersville with the arctic blast that was following us down we decided that we were not going to camp so we set up shop at the econo lodge. Thursday started off really windy and cold as all get out. We had gusting winds out of the north of 20 plus. It pretty much kept us on the north bank the whole day as there were 3 to 5 foot swells on the south side. We ended up finding a bank holding some fish and I ended up catching a 4 , 6 lber and lost a big fish that dove at the edge of the boat and got me hung up on the bottom. Friday brought more of the same with swamp catching a 10 lber and not too many bites all day. Now throughout this I had been talking to Mike Mitchell (southerncats). He was helping us out a bunch and telling us areas to try along with a bunch of other helpful info. The guy knows those waters well. Friday was probably one of the most dis-heartning days and it was sinking in that the weather might beat us on this trip. As we headed to the resteraunt for some dinner we decided that a few adult beverages would lift our spirits a bit. As the waitress came to take our order I heard her utter the worst 5 words a guy in my state of mind could here "this is a dry county" Clearly this was not our day.:sad2: Saturday was a new day and we started off with only 12 mph winds which ment that would could fish the whole lake. We drove around for a good hour looking for structure when Swamp noticed something off to the side on the side imaging. We turned for another look and found a great peice of structure laying on the channel edge. We anchored up and before Swamp had his 3rd pole out his first one was down. The fight was on and within 5 minutes he had a healthy 59 lber in the boat and a new PB for Swamp and his new boat. High fives and a photo shoot began and then the fish was released back to the depths. As the fish swam off I looked up and one of my rods was doing the slow bend. I reeled down and started fighting the fish. While I am fighting mine swamps other rod went down and he set the hook and put the rod back in the holder to net my fish. It was a nice 55 lb blue. Swamp reeled his fish in and we had a 55 and a 25 in the boat. We fished a few more spots into the evening. Swamp caught a 10 lber and I managed to land a 45 while swamp was buisy breaking a good one off on a massive hook set smile2 sorry swamp. We didn't fish on Sunday and decided to get an early start back home. It was a great trip and I hope the next time I go back I have it in the budget to take Mike up on one of his guided trips.