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  1. 20 points
    EASY EASY! cool the jets. I have no problem with you liking the Ally better, that is fine, great boat. I was just making a comment about your statement "stole the show". That was not a correct comment. Everyone likes different rigs and for different reasons. If you would have just said I like the Ally better then fine but "stole the show was not a factual statement". .
  2. 7 points
  3. 6 points
    People study history. Bass don't. Rather than focusing on where you got bit I recommend spending some over your electronix trying to understand why you got bit. Understanding 'why' will go a long way in helping you decide how to go about catching. Fish essentially do three things - they eat, they reproduce, and they rest (from the first two items). Bass tend to hang out where the food is. You've prob heard folks say "find the bait, find bass" - this is about as gospel as it gets in bass fishing. After you've found the food start looking at the structure and cover in the area. Use your electronix to see how the bass are relating to both. If they're tight to the bottom in 20' of water you're gonna be hard pressed to get them on a crankbait. Yeah, some baits go that deep but they don't stay in the strike zone (where the bass are) very long. A slower, bottom-oriented presentation might be a better choice (jig, c-rig, t-rig, shakyhead). If fish are holding on top of brush or rock piles in 8-10' then you're prob gonna snag a few on moving baits (cranks, spinners, swimbaits). Fish suspending over cover or structure will be a bit more challenging to catch. Suspending jerkbaits and weightless stick baits can be effective. The next time you go out I encourage you to spend some time over your electronix before deciding on what to throw. As you make your decisions spend some time looking at those spots where you get bit so you can understand how the bass are relating to structure, cover, and food. This is the pattern.
  4. 6 points
    The issue with Mr. Coontracker selling items on here has been addressed, Joe. Let it rest. All members are free to post in this forum regarding things they make and pics are always welcome. As far as anything that has taken place on the other site, TNBF would appreciate it if youd leave the drama over there.
  5. 5 points
    "the idiot rig" as i call it, embodies much of whats wrong with our instant gratification society. take the easy way!!!! i want to catch fish now, not LEARN how to FISH, just CATCH them NOW!!!! like shannon said, when people who couldn't catch a 4lber with a dipnet, are bringing 20+lb. bags in, SOMETHING IS WRONG!!!! tx fising should be a test of skill, not a game of chance!!! when i started bass fishing i sucked, bad, real bad! but, i stuck with it, and LEARNED to get better. i'll never be a pro, never fish the bassmaster classic, but i'm a decent fisherman. how did i get that way?......thru EFFORT!!!!! i wanted to get better, i learned to get better, i'm still learning, and most of you guy's did it the same way as i did. thru your own EFFORT!!! now, with this frigging rig, somebody who just leaned how to cast last night can show up and beat us. it's turning tx fishing into bingo. and pro's throwing it.... REALLY, you call yourself a "professional angler" and your throw'n this thing where kids can see you do it??? what kind of message is that sending...."sell out for success, kids!!!" watching a "pro" throw the idiot rig, is like watching jesse james ride a big wheel! no wonder this country has went to heII in a handbasket........no integrity.
  6. 4 points
    Wish I'd taken my boat to my own wedding so I could leave before the wedding......
  7. 4 points
    it's like the mexicans coming across the border, shoot the first two or three, and the rest will quit that chit on their own!
  8. 4 points
    I personally don't like it. When you see people who have never weighed in a limit bring in 20lbs it seems to me it is more about the rig and less about the fisherman. I hate throwing it but if you don't you are at a great disadvantage against people who do use it. I am waiting on warmer temps where the rig is useless and you have to go back to fishing and not just chucking and winding a rig.
  9. 4 points
    Make sure you wear your life jacket and hook up your kill switch............... :poke:
  10. 3 points
    Hard part about Douglas, is it’s hard to access that river junction in winter. It’s usually too low to go past Leadvale, unless there’s been serious rain. As far as grass- go to Beech Creek (John Sevier dam). That place has more grass than Bob Marley
  11. 3 points
    If your partner is having to push the boat off the bank with the net then you are almost close enough .
  12. 3 points
    Here's my opinion of what's wrong with the used boat market... My current boat is worth $25 - $28,000... and has no warranty on the motor. If I sold it for $25,000 and the new owner bought it and blew it up they are screwed. A new motor is going to run you around $17,000. Now they are into it $42,000. You can get a heck of a nice boat for $42,000 with warranty. I think about how bad it's going to suck all the time when my motor blows. Trading boats before the warranty goes may be the cheapest insurance policy you can have. There's no reason a boat motor should cost as much as a small car. We are being ripped off and the sad part is we are happy about it and smiling all the way to the lake.
  13. 3 points
    Ok.....lots of info to pass along here. First, safe light will be at, or very close to 7:15. Plan to blast off at 7:15. Registration will close at 6:45, so plan accordingly. Blindhawg has graciously volunteered to be blast off boat, so at 7:15, we will mass at the mouth of Turkey Creek (almost directly across from the ramp) for blast off. Be sure that you see a silver & lime green Triton as blast off boat as well as my white & black Phoenix. If neither of these boats are present, you are not in the correct group. I will be taking up money, so look for my my Phoenix & gray tundra at the ramp. I plan to be there by 6. Be sure to bring a waiver form for both you & your partner. I will have a few on hand, but, as your ability to fish tomorrow depends on that waiver, please do not rely on me to have enough for everyone.... I only have approximately 50 on hand. Lastly, there is quite a bit of floating debris between 25e & poor valley, so drive carefully if you go that direction. Look forward to seeing everyone. Drive safely.
  14. 3 points
    This just isn't factual, Doug. Biological fact is that they will find a nest & they will spawn there. Yes, it does cause them some extra stress and there may be some hatchling and/or egg mortality, but rest assured, those fish will still spawn.
  15. 3 points
    i've yet to understand the logic of making millions off the backs of fishermen and give it to nascar instead of giving back to the people it came from.
  16. 3 points
    But Chris' all time favorite "plug" came from a different mystery place & resembles a spook with no hooks.......
  17. 3 points
    Don't bother with the whopper plopper....its useless. Ill take it off your hands for you.
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points
    I'll pass along one that a member here once shared with me.....go to Lowes & buy a roll of static cling window tinting. Cut a piece to fit your electronics screen, stick it on after dark. Not only does it dim the light, but it also cuts the glare down
  20. 3 points
    First, welcome to the site. That's a heckuva first post. Very controversial topic. I am in no way a huge fan of the A rig....mostly because I can't seem to do much good with it.......but how does an A rig, which is 100% artificial, compare to using a live deer or turkey decoy? I would think that correlation would be between live bait & live decoys...... As for it not being "sporting" to use them, I disagree there too. You still have to find the fish & get em to eat. Most.....and I stress MOST not ALL......of the folks that dislike the rig are guys like me that can't figure out how to properly use it.
  21. 3 points
    I blame Obama, holebeaters and Alabama rigs!.........now there's an "axis of evil" for ya.
  22. 3 points
    Its not possible... Math doesn't add up. LOL
  23. 3 points
    +1 wish they would ban the stupid thing.
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    Congratulations to the winners!!!!!! I love fishing this trail, there is never a dull moment before, during or after a tourney. How may tournaments do you fish where during the course of a tournament you get texts and pictures from the other guys rubbing it in what they are catching? And if ya run into someone on the water while you're out there you talk and give each other crap while your fishing near each other. If any of you have thought about fishing with us, but haven't come on out, I promise you'll have a blast and meet some really good guys.
  26. 2 points
    You'll find that there will be times when one style of plastic bait is better than others. The challenge is finding the balance - of options, of time to learn how to use those options, of space in which to store it all. Same-same for techniques (like shakyhead, football jig, etc). There are no hard-n-fast rules on when, where, or how. That's what makes this sport so addictive. There's always another piece of the puzzle to solve. Based on my [limited] experience here's how I pattern soft plastics: - winter - small finesse worms (ned rig, drop shot, and shakyhead), small flukes and worms (drop shot), small beaver style baits for jig trailers - spring - creature baits (c-rig), lizards (c-rig), larger finesse worms (shakyhead, wacky rig), stick baits (weightless, t-rig, and wacky rigged), swim baits (solid and hollow body) - summer - big worms (t-rig), creature baits (c-rig), small and large finesse worms (shakyhead, wacky rig), stick worms (same as above), big beavers (punch baits) - fall - swim baits, creature baits, flukes, trick worms I keep my plastics sorted by type and store them in small tote bags. That enables me to plug-n-play for an outing based on season, info from reports, and info from my journals. All of this is kept in one of the small compartments on the back deck. Not a lot volume-wise but a good variety. I'll adjust (add, subtract, upsize, downsize) based on what I learn in practice. Other things to consider: 1) Buoyancy. Not all plastics are created equal. Infused (salt, scent) baits are denser than water and sink. Others (Softy's baits, Robo-worm) are not so they float up off of the deck. Both catch fish. There are times when the characteristics of the plastic formula make the difference. 2) Hook size and weight. Light wire hooks for small profile finesse baits. Heavy wire hooks for big profile and punch baits. You'll want an assortment of J, EWGs, drop shot, flipping, and other kinds of hooks. Easy to pack a nice assortment into a small box or bag. 3) Weights. Think about weights and shapes. Heavier weight if you're fishing deep. A bullet shaped weigh if you're working it thru cover. Then there are specialty weights for drop shotting, flipping, wacky, the list goes on. The key here is to match the hook to your desired presentation and bait profile. Others will chime in here on metals used for weights. Some swear by tungsten. Others use lead. Others use brass. As with the hook, match your weight type to your presentation. This was a great question. You're thinking about the right kind of stuff. Keep it up!
  27. 2 points
    23 with a 7lb sm. I'm telling you, boys, they eatin. On a side note, please be conscientious of the fish. They're nested....if you catch em, cull right there so these girls can go right back to their bed & lay their clutch. This propagates the species we all love to catch.
  28. 2 points
    Headed to bed. See you guys in the morning. I'm leaving my house around 415 should be there around 545-6 or so depending on how many business' plumbing I need to test on the way there after eating Mexican food. Lolololll
  29. 2 points
    Welcome to TNBF. Scraping the bottom of the barrel for friends, I see. LOL. Jk, Doug is a helluva good ole coot Best fishing advice I can ever give ya- listen to my years of wisdom, then do the exact opposite, and you’ll catch all kinds of fish
  30. 2 points
    We ended up with 13 boats and 24 people fishing yesterday of the 30 people that qualified. Conditions were tough for bigger fish, but most caught fish consistently throughout the day. Full results are as follows: 1. Tobybol & DonniesHVAC 5 fish 13lb 12.6oz 2. BulletDeuce & PromaX 5 fish 13lb 9.9oz 3. 294Stratos 5 fish 13lb 1.1oz 4. Buckeye83 5 fish 12lb 15.1oz 5. GlitterRocket & Blindhawg 5 fish 12lb 14.6oz 6. Mtcarmeltriton & Alumacraft09 5 fish 11lb 11.8oz BF: SM 4lb .3oz 7. TNSmallmouth & HDHOPPY 4 fish 8lb 5.3oz 8. whj812 & fishyjoe 3 fish 7lb 12.7oz BF: LM 4lb .4oz (BF of tourney) 9. Mountainman & Stratos20 2 fish 5lb 7.9oz BF: SM 3lb 10oz 10. Trackertxw175 & Astro180 2 fish 4lb 13.6oz 11. bassaddict92 & Randy Lane(g) 1 fish 3lb 15.4oz BF: SM 3lb 15.4oz 12. Jigflipper & Basskicker DNW 13. Rodknocker & Triton173 DNW In total, through entry fees yesterday and the classic pot money we have collected throughout the year, we paid out over $1,300.00 in cash and well over $1,000.00 in prizes. Big fish of the tournament won a Doomsday rod courtesy of Watson's Marine. Also, we would like to thank some sponsors for their donations for Classic door prizes. Please take the time to patronize these fine establishments and thank them for their generosity: Texas Roadhouse, Mel-Bros Tackle, Spro Fishing, Pit Row Wine & Liquor, Bass Munitions, Just Fishin', Watsons Marine, Snag Proof, Bass Boat Saver, The Rod Glove, The South Holston River Company, and Morristown Marine. I certainly appreciate their gifts...if not for their help, we could not afford to do these give aways. Also, I'd like to personally thank TNSmallmouth (Chris Hopson) and HDHOPPY (George Hopson) for all their hard work and dedication on obtaining these donations. Your hard work and determination is very much appreciated, guys. In closing, I want to thank each of members and guests who have fished with us this year. If not for you guys and your participation, this trail wouldn't exist. I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I have. I would also like to thank the tournament committee, MtCarmelTriton, TNSmallmouth and Buckeye83. These guys are the best tournament support team in the business. I have had a lot of personal stuff going on this year and this group of guys took over & ran the trail with class and professionalism beyond what I could have. We couldn't have done it without you guys. So, as I have said, I will not be the tournament director next year. My recent change in career would not allow me the time to give this trail the attention it needs. MtCarmelTriton and TNSmallmouth will be co-directors next year and they will be forming a tournament committee and creating a schedule very soon. If you are interested in helping them with the trail next year, please contact one or both of them ASAP. It is a tough step to remove myself from this. I created it way back in the beginning of the website days and have been with it through every step. I hope to be abel to at least fish a few next year and I will still be involved in the site, to what extent I can with my new time restraints. I have enjoyed fishing with you guys this year and in years past. I am very much looking forward to seeing you all at some events next year. Stay tuned and Shannon & Chris will have a schedule out very soon. Andy
  31. 2 points
    I refuse to fish with something called a turd. Lol.
  32. 2 points
    All I can say is I hate black dually fords.
  33. 2 points
    My advice would be to get more fishing stuff and don't worry about the girls
  34. 2 points
    I only got to watch your promo and the only thing I can add is wear your PFD . I have 2 small children and want them to see me put mine on when the big motor is on and be safe on the water . Dont get me wrong , when I was younger mine had mold growing on them and never seen the lite of day but if you can get one person to at least think about putting it on the next time they are on a boat you have done a great job .
  35. 2 points
    I think I just want some flukes! All these stories of finicky bass gobbling them up....... I can't take it anymore !!! I need to go fishing
  36. 2 points
    I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't own but very few ewg hooks. I noticed shortly after I began using them that I was losing & missing more fish than I used to. I started thinking about what had changed....only thing I could put my finger on was ewg hooks. I started looking at the design and, to my thinking, the alignment of the hook eye & point makes a situation where, on some cases, the hook won't turn enough to get a good set. Switched back to reg round bends & its few fish that I miss or lose.
  37. 2 points
    Someone needs to get ahold of Shannon, he's obviously been hacked
  38. 2 points
    Well I finally was able to finish the boat I've been redoing since last October it's nothing special it's a 1988 alumacraft bandit 17.5ft with a evinrude 70 took it out Saturday and ran it around had a slight hesitation in top end but replaced the plugs and put all new fuel line and primer bulb on it Sunday, hopin to get it out again this weekend and see what it does fastest I could get it was 32 mph sadly if everything looks good I'm hopin to fish the classic out of it
  39. 2 points
    Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again....
  40. 2 points
    Mountcarmeltriton stopped to talk to me at the Douglas Tx and had his on and within a minute I was starving to death .
  41. 2 points
    That's not how it reads.....you can't hit the same lake in back to back years. And we have had a classic on the big 3.....Boone 2011, Cherokee 2012 & Douglas 2013. Those are the 3 lakes the Classic rotates between. But aside from that, if you can guarantee that 1) there will be access to Boone and 2) that there will be enough parking for all of us plus whomever else is using the ramp that day, I'd be glad to keep it on Boone. Since both of those factors are questionable at best & highly unlikely at worst, its in the best interest of all of us to move to Cherokee this year.
  42. 2 points
    yes tha limit... make it simple and make it one size limit!!!!!!
  43. 2 points
    All these comments from a guy whose boat trailer looks like this Whose home boat wiring looks like this Who fishes like this And keep a tackle box like this
  44. 2 points
    -All start times will be safe light to 3 pm unless noted as a night tournament (N), which will be from 7pm-3am. -All tx entry fees are $40 per boat, including $5 toward big fish payout and $5 toward Classic. -All participants are required to be at the designated launch ramp no less than 30 minutes before blast off. Tx #1: March 23, Boone Lake at TVA Ramp Tx #2: April 13, Douglas Lake at Dandridge Free Launch Tx #3: April 27, Ft. Patrick Henry Lake at Warriors Path State Park Ramp Tx #4: May 18, Cherokee Lake at Quarryville Ramp Tx #5: June 22, Boone Lake at TVA Ramp(N) Tx# 6: July 20, Cherokee Lake at Fall Creek Dock(N) ******: August 3, TNBF RIVER RAT TOURNEY****** Tx #7: August 31, South Holston Lake at Observation Knob Park Ramp(N) Tx #8: September 21, Douglas Lake at Dandridge Free Launch(N) Tx #9: October 19, Boone Lake at TVA Ramp Tx#10: November 16, Douglas Lake at Dandridge Free Launch Tx#11: December 14, Cherokee Lake at 25 Bridge Ramp **There will be a non points event on Aug 3rd titled the River Rat Tourney. This event is new and will be formatted as follows: All participants will meet at VFW behind Food City in Church Hill at 6 am on Aug 3. You will be issued a numbered poker chip when you pay your $10 registration fee. All of the Holston River from Ft. Patrick Henry Dam to John Sevier Dam is the fishing area and can be fished via kayak, jon boat, wade or bank fishing. This is a CPR event (Catch, Photo, Release). All fish must be photo'd on a Golden Rule or Hawg Trough WITH the issued poker chip shown in the photo. All participants must meet back at the VFW in Church Hill at 4pm to "weigh-in". Winners will be determined by best combined overall length of 2 fish. Only Largemouth and Smallmouth are acceptable catches. Payout will be based on participation.**
  45. 2 points
    I think what your referring to is "Blinging it Out". I know Mountainman has done a few mods to his Phoenix & a few others have added some Bling to their boats. I recently mounted an HDS7 in the front & an Elite 7 at the helm Now I currently have the carpet stripped off of my step pads & going back with Diamond Plate. Gotta love the Rustom Line Trailers that came with these Bullets. These are when I first bought the boat, I will try to get a few more current shots in the coming weeks.
  46. 2 points
    Chris-give Craig France a call @ Watsons, he's gonna give you the same advice as I listed above. Also, a keep in mind that lower Octane gas burns hotter than Higher Octane gas. Lower Octane will also cause more dramatic Carbon build up on the rings & head.
  47. 2 points
    I really could have picked all three of the choices. I use a leader based on several different factors. water color, bait you are using, structure you are fishing, and speed you are fishing all have influence on whether I use a leader or not. You need an all the above selection.
  48. 2 points
    We discussed this last year and can revisit it but my personal feeling is that you have the oportunity to win the same amount of money so why would you not pay the same entry fee? If 2 anglers are in one boat fishing as a team they usually divide the winnings. Lets say 10 boats show up they have to divide 300 dollars. Now if you fish by yourself and you win you would still get 300 dollars and not have to split it so you just won double the money and only paid half the entry fee. I have fished several txs solo and even took my 7 year old son as a partner in a couple and have never got a break on the entry fee. The only way I could see that working is to fish individual weights and I dont like that idea at all unless it is a random pairing tournament which alot of people dont like either. This is just my feelings about it and it would be a nightmare to keep up with what money goes where. As it stands now $30 of the entry goes to the payback for places, $5 goes to Big fish, and $5 goes to the classic. This is what makes up the $40 entry fee. I think everyone on the tournament committee would be open to discuss this and I will bring it up at our next meeting but as I said I personally don't feel it is fair to the guys that have to pay full entry fee then split the winnings. JMHO
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    Here is the schedule for our 2012 year. We did everything we could to work around the bigger trails. Event #3: May 25th - Event #3: Cherokee Lake 25E(Friday night 9pm-3am; 3fish) Event #4: June 23rd - Boone Lake TVA(night) Event #5: July 21st - South Holston Ob Knob(night) Event #6: August 18th - Douglas Lake Dandridge Bridge(night) Event #7: September 29th - Boone Lake TVA Event #8: October 20th - Cherokee Lake 25E Event #9: November 17th - South Holston Ob Knob Event #10: December 15th - Cherokee Lake 25E March 2nd 2013 - Classic


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