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Illinois Record Crappie
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Another record goes down .…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carl hendrix Mar 30.

Carl is Holding Back on Us
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I found a report of a record fish out of Old Hickory Lake near where Carl lives. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carl hendrix Jan 22.

Record Tennessee Perch?
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I thought you guys might like this.  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Tomaselli Jan 23.

Pros and Cons of of Skeeter hooks
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I just found some of the Mosquito hooks that have been mentioned on the site several times. The new Academy Sports and Outdoors in our area carries several sizes. I chose the #8s to try first. Let me…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Ritter Sep 23, 2016.

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Short Trip to Davy Crockett Lake

    Went to Davy Crockett Lake Tuesday afternoon with my son. We threw tiny crank baits on ulta light gear. We didn't get a bite  but had fun. The water is as low as I have ever seen it. I walked out to the edge of my favorite blue gill bed and built a small fish attractor out of driftwood.            

   This is one place we can fish from the bank and catch good numbers of fish. I Introduced my kids to fishing here when they were little.   

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

New Member from West TN

I live in central West TN and love to fish for Panfish especially big bluegills. My son and I chase these little giants all spring and early summer. We are lucky to be within 40 minutes of Reelfoot Lake.  We also fish Kentucy Lake, Garret Lake, Davy Crockett Lake, Gibson County Lake and the lakes in Natchez Trace State Park. I am willing to share my knowledge of our area and hope to pick up more tips from this web site.

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 6:38pm — 5 Comments

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At 4:15pm on February 12, 2017, Larry Langfitt said…

yes It was and also Dances with wolves starting Kevin Cosner was flim near here in Spearfish.

At 9:50am on June 5, 2016, James Holland said…

Thanks for the welcome message.

I live on Center Hill Lake and I have had some good success on bluegill and red ears this spring. My goal now is figure out where they go during the summer months.

At 11:45am on January 28, 2016, Benjamin Walter Romine said…

Sorry for the "double post". The first 'disappeared' from my screen caused by reasons I neither know nor care about. So I began the second. Each, however, expresses my point including the one about 'brain overload'. If you just keep getting up every morning you ,too, will 'get there'!!

At 11:38am on January 28, 2016, Benjamin Walter Romine said…

Very good advice, Keith, particularly as relates to my wishes/needs. I have several interest which I want to spend time pursuing ... blue gill fishing is a rather late interest so I am in a place where I need to learn... starting with the equipment. Reality is that I don't need to get in the "weeds" trying to select fly gear, pole set ups and spinning gear. Some of that will go under used just because of devoting time to other interests.

 The idea of the Tenaka equipment would seem to offer in a single item which would allow least two methods of fishing the conditions. As  you suggest, select line , hooks, floats and a small selection of artificial lures and dry flies AND HAVE AT IT WITHOUT "CLUTTERING-UP" THE MIND OF AN 80 YEAR OLD JUST LOOKIJN FOR SOME SIMPLE FUN!

Very good advice ,Keith, especially since I have a number of interest to which I enjoy devoting time. Bluegill fishing is a recent but serious interest, however, I need to avoid getting onto "the weeds" with decisions about fly gear, set-ups for pole fishing  and spinning rod/reel combos, each with somewhat different needs for lines, lures, hooks ect.

The idea of a Tenkra rod would seem to offer at least two different techniques of fishing bluegill with one primary piece of equipment. Floats, line size and hook size= one method while line and a small selection of the correct size lures and dry flies would provide the other . Each would offer a different method but without "cluttering" with information overload the brain of an 80 year old.. a feat which is becoming easier to do!

Again, thank you for reducing my search to a manageable and useable level.

At 5:43am on January 27, 2016, Benjamin Walter Romine said…

Appreciate it, Keith.  Choosing gear is like most decisions today. A dizzying array of choices, but a search for moderately priced choices narrows it down some. In your photo I see you like a closed rather than open face bail which was another option I have been pondering.  The Shimano Syncopate has, what the Company, calls the 'Quick Fire System"  which appears to have a off-set trigger which, with your thumb, closes the bail for one hand casting. There were a number of positive reviews on the feature. I assume that any of the four reels mentioned in my post to you would mate- up well with a 6' light spinning rod.  Thanks again for your input.

At 10:31am on January 26, 2016, Benjamin Walter Romine said…

Hi Keith, I understand that you have experience with eagle claw rods. I have ben looking at modestly priced spinning rod/reels and came across an Eagle Claw Featherweight rod in 5',  5.6'   6'  and  6.6' lengths. Most of my fishing is off of creek and pond banks so I'm not sure of the best length. Anyway, wondering what you have to say about eagle claw, and in particular your thoughts on the one mentioned. Also, I have a few reels in the $30.00 range as 'starters' including Shimano Sienna and Syncopate models, plus Cabela's Fish Eagle and Abu Garcia Cardinal S. Are you familiar with any of these and if they would be good companion reels for a light rod as named above.

Thanks for your help.

Best,

Ben

At 8:18pm on June 22, 2015, Gerome Hilliard said…

Hey Keith, Brodie fished the whole time with a Beetle Spin below his float - ended up having to change the lure out twice due to the BG destroying them. 

At 2:10pm on January 8, 2015, dick tabbert said…

Wow awesome Keith such great work. I usually don't fish floats but I can see the trend to catching more fish is with a float and I thank you so much. I hope I can get out to use them soon but regardless when I do I'll get back with you and give you my honest opinion but looking at then I can't see how they wouldn't work great again they look awesome.

At 10:30am on January 3, 2015, Jeffrey D. Abney said…

I sent you a friend request........thought we were already......Thanks

At 4:20pm on September 28, 2014, Jim Gronaw said…

Wow...can't believe we weren't friends already!

 
 
 

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