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About FDRB3

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    Fishing, learning new techniques and finding new favorite baits.

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  1. FDRB3

    Need some advice

    I have thought about kayak fishing, but I’ve not had the best luck when fishing with buddies that let me use them. I’m a power fisherman through and through, so I found out pretty quickly 7’11” cranking and swimbait rods don’t mix well with yaks. I do have a pontoon I can use, but no livewell, no trolling motor, and no electronics. I sometimes feel as though fishing from it causes me to lose confidence in things that are usually my go too baits and techniques. It’s hard to hit the angles I want when I’ve got to crank up the motor and back up again then go back up to the front and cast, then drift off course halfway through my retrieve.
  2. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here, and I’m going to try and do better with that but I need some advice from you old heads that have been in my situation. For the last 3 years I’ve been fishing pretty seriously (3-4 times a week minimum) up until last year. My boat motor laid down on me twice in 8 months and I’ve decided to save up and get something more reliable. I also had to get a vehicle and I’m currently in the process of buying a house, so those are my priorities. I’m budgeting myself a boat in by early next year though. I still do my best to fish but it’s mainly from the dock or bank. I have a different work schedule than anyone I could fish with seeing as I work 8-8 every weekend though. My question is, how do I stay sharp on my techniques and confidence without being able to go out and fish as I normally would? I’m a firm believer in putting in time on the water, and I’ve taught myself about everything I know when it comes to fishing, so not being out their and grinding it out has taken its toll on me, confidence wise. And tips or suggestions on how I can build myself back up some? Or how I can reassure myself I can still catch a fish? Lol
  3. I’ve recently gotten on this river fishing kick, seeing as how I live about 10 minutes from the soho dam and I was told working a jerkbait on the river for trout would greatly increase my experience and confidence in throwing it on the lake come spring, anywho, one thing led to another and 3 weeks later, here I am tinkering with every finesse technique I know trying to pull a 6 inch slimy fish out of 20 inches of water. So far I’ve found that drop shotting gets me the most bites, problem is, I can only set the hook decent enough to land 1 out of every 6. I try exposing my hook just a bit on the back of my bait because mainly I’m fishing from the bank into logjams and tree roots, and I lose more hooks in 30 minutes on the river than I do 30 hours on the lake. I have some small treble stingers we got to rig on a damiki for short nibbles on the tail, but I don’t want to risk the fish swallowing it because I release all my fish. I just want to know if anyone else has experimented with this and have found any tricks they would share.
  4. FDRB3

    Bladed jigs

    I know it’s a good bait for grassy areas but on south Holston, it’s all brush. I fish south Holston 95% of the time, so that’s where I’m trying to make it happen. The only strikes I’ve gotten have mainly been slow rolling the rage blade, but I’ve tried every cadence possible, the only thing I don’t like with the chatter bait is that it seems much harder to work slowly, aside from dragging it and stopping, otherwise I find it pretty hard to keep down, even with the 3/4 oz heads. I’ve yet to try it during late spring and early summer, which I have more confidence fishing anyway, but after that, if I’ve not signifactly improved, it’s going in the ol pond fishing box.
  5. FDRB3

    Bladed jigs

    Alright guys, it seems almost every BFL, FLW, Elite Series tournament I’ve read about has had a bladed jigs in top 5, if not winning. In October of last year I made up my mind that no matter what it took, I was going to start catching fish on it, since then, I’ve had at least one rod with a rage blade or chatter bait tied on when im on the lake, I’ve thrown just about every time I’ve been out, it has countless uses and customizations that it seems like the perfect bass lure, yet here it is, almost May, and the only fish I’ve caught on it was a 1.5lbs small mouth, and that was in February. What am I doing wrong with this thing? I’ve used every skirt color, blade color, weight, trailers from swimbaits to creatures to white senkos, I can’t seem to make this happen. And I know if I can get the hang of it, it has the capability of being my favorite lure, heck I love throwing it, but sometimes it’d be nice to pull something in with it instead of the oft broken tree limb.
  6. FDRB3

    Damiki Technique

    I do add eyes to most, I just hadnt added them in that photo. For me I try using red eyes for darker colors and white/gold holographic eyes for lighter colors. I have found that low profile eyes work best for the aspirin head though. They seem to stay on much better without having to glue or clear coat, and with the more protrusive eyes, it ends up just being the ball head profile, which is perfectly fine, I know guys much wiser than me that throw literally nothing but unpainted lead ball head jigs and most days put me to shame, but that just goes to show, confidence is key. But for clear, cold water fishing, and as slow as bites I’m encountering, I do believe this particular scenario does prove to favor as realistic a look as possible. I’ve been popping or wiggling my baits, and if you aren’t hit immediately, then I will hold it still for as long as 10-15 seconds, and sometimes the only way to know you have a bite with the thick gloves for this weather is to watch for little ripples off your line. It’s literally just about who can stand it the longest, and for me, this fishing is normal coming from a crappie fishing background, but I know people who would rather catch nothing and constantly cast than to have to sit through that kind of “torture”
  7. FDRB3

    Damiki Technique

    these are the heads we pour, simple and very versatile. I mostly throw 1/4 for the slower rate of fall, but it’s so compact and cuts through the water so well it can still stay under your boat in moderate wind conditions. Will go slightly heavier in deeper and windier conditions, but the popping technique I use seems to work best with these heads, and they are great for tight lining swim baits too. Just slightly modified aspirin heads molds. Bait keeper is reversed just because I bite tip of plastics off and a bottom keeper doesn’t always work with certain brands (armor shad)
  8. FDRB3

    Damiki Technique

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice and I’ll definately be trying it out this weekend again. Last time I was out was on Sunday and the temp was pretty low, biggest issue for us was line freezing up which kinda hindered our dropping. Started to cast out and let swing in under us instead and threw too shallow once got hung up on rock, wiggle it loose and then got hit good, casted a ned with hula stick on and it took off, guessing it was a catfish from how heavy it felt, and even knowing that, I spent far too much of my day casting and beating the bank with that damiki. I just get so caught up on certain aspects I can’t bring my mind to break from it. If I get a bite and don’t land it, I can forget about anywhere else I was planning on fishing because I can’t make my mind stop thinking that it’s something I’m doing instead of the fish. I have to learn to better manage my time whilst on the water and allow for some learning curve, try to make myself understand I’m not gonna bust em on the first cast. I’ll start keeping a log on water temp and depth, I try to take a photo of my fish along with lure and background so I can keep an accurate timeframe of time, location, and weather conditions as well as lure selections. I constantly change my retrieves and presentations and regardless of how few I catch from time to time, I’m always persistent and constantly looking for more ways to improve. I will definitely try all of these, I have found that downsizing is quite effective and I keep everything from 1” Bobby garlands to 5” Zman flukes.
  9. FDRB3

    Damiki Technique

    We pour our own jigs too, I say moon eye because that’s what it most resembles. Just aspirin head with eyes on them. But I will give them a look. I’m just getting serious with bass fishing and trying to better my techniques every time I’m on the water so I want to have a comfortablity with a certain technique before I can feel confident enough to fish it when the time comes, and I’ll just tell, come spoon season, I’m probably the best net guy around, because I can’t catch them on a spoon, so i always end up with a Damiki on. And it seems here, you’re not gonna come up on active fish very often, and as new to finding fish as I am, my chances on persuading non-active fish are much better than finding active fish throughout the day. I was just wondering if I’ve probably gotten the hang of it, they just aren’t eating it like they were a year or two ago, or if I’m focusing too much on the wrong aspects instead of just keeping to a rhythm and being happy that I’m at least catching something.
  10. Alright, this seems to be one of the most frustrating techniques I’ve used just because I see the fish looking at it and can’t get them to take it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve caught quite a few fish on it, and love when they do take it, but it seems like this winter they’ve just been tough on south Holston. So I am asking what it is that makes you more confident in your bait. Personally, I prefer all white, 1/4 mooneye jig with white and black eye, white Damiki, also I bite quarter inch off head of bait to prevent more missed fish than necessary, rig so that only the very tip of the hook pokes out the back, and if the seem to not be giving it enough attention, I’ll put a drop of pro cure scent gel in the hook cavity. As far as movement, I’ve found a few pops will bring them up but I try keeping my lure as still as possible. When I find some spots feeding on bottom, I’ll drop straight to mud, reel up Just off the bottom 1-3’ , and give it three decent pops and kill it, if there is a spot, you can bet he’s gonna grab it.
  11. My name is Corey Brown, I live on South Holston Lake and work at Painter Creek Marina, so I’m on the lake more than most. Although I’ve fished my entire life, this passed off season I decided to really take on bass fishing in all its glory and familiarize myself with multiple techniques and several other styles. I’ve mainly stuck with shallow to medium cranks, football jigs, Texas rigged worms, and soft plastic jerk baits. I can now say over the past 6 months I’ve expanded my lure comfortability extensively and would consider myself decently well rounded in the clear mountain lakes of the area, but am always looking to learn as much as I can. Any and all advice is welcome and I am happy to share what I have learned as well.
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