First let me say, that I purchased your video on catfish jugging, and the noodle rigs that you showed us how to make were great! Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome gift. As a family we have truly enjoyed the experience Jim. My question is about a spot I happened upon while fishing with my brother. We left out of Davis corner and turned right into the river toward the 109 bridge. Right past the corner of Spence creek as it turns into the river we picked up the structure of lock 4 on the depth finder. There is a duck blind and several timbers in the middle of the river there. To me it looked like the perfect place for big fish to come up and feed. Is there anything about this particular spot that you could give me any advice on?
On the Gallatin side of the river above Spence creek and just above where the duck blind is there is a sewer plant outfall between the river channel and the bank and you can go out while the leaves are off the trees and you can see and hear it. This outfall puts the cleaned sewage water back into the lake which puts out constant flow and the materials needed for good algae growth which attracts the food chain all the way up to stripers. If you are fishing that area it has seasons where it is very good but in the winter it is not that hot, once the warmer water hits that area there are several mud bars there between the river channel and the bank and the bass use them heavily and it is considered a community tournament fishing hole to catch five quick bass off of in several different ways. If you fish between the bank and the river channel a Carolina rig works great for keeper bass and every now and then a kicker but the best fishing is fishing the ledges were the river bank heads down to the river bottom and I like the Bandit ledge baits and a 300 series Bandit. Go over the ledge with a good depth finder with down and side imaging like my Humminbird 1199 HD SI on the console and my 999 HD SI on the bow and scan the bank and you will find the good ledges holding bass and you will find the cover on these spots and make sure to put a waypoint on you map on your depth finder and if you have an ether link cable on your units when you mark it on one unit it will go on the other unit on the bow also and then go back down stream and fish back up it keying on your marked spots and besides the Bandits throw a jig and a Carolina rig and that is where you can find some toads and early in the mornings you will see and here some big stripers coming up and feeding on top some times. I always keep a popper bait and a big spook tied on because some times the fish come up in the jumps in the area and I will throw those top waters and I use the smaller popper when it is smaller fish but if there are big fish coming up use the Zara Spook and if you fish it a few times you will see a lot of other guys fishing it and they will show you more of the spots to key on, it is a very good spot, good luck and thank you for the kind words on my DVD’s. Jim
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jiging a spoon
Message Jim, i have your video on spoonin and i love it. however, i now live in west TN and I am closest to the Kentucky lake around Decaturville or I 40, maybe Sanannah. Any advice on spoonin in those areas where it is mostly run of the river?
Glad you liked it and thank you for buying it, I have a DVD “Monster Crappie” that was filmed on KY Lake near the birdsong area and up near Paris with Steve Macadam’s you might like. Where you are the first place I would try is Birdsong creek nearest the mouth of the river and find the deep holes in the creek and watch for shad on your depthfinder and that is where you start. Due to the fact that the water color isn’t real clear I think it is important to fish a spoon that has a rattle in it and also has glow tape on each side to help the bass find the spoon and as you know I love rattle Snakkie Spoons and I will have some at the Nashville Fairgrounds boat show Feb. 6th, 7th and 8th and my booth is right at the front door and I will have a sale on them. Clear water is important for spooning so find major creeks with the clearest water and then find schools of shad with fish in them and go to work. Hope this helps and you have moved next to some of the greatest fishing in the state, good luck. Jim
Slow trolled Bandit 300′s and Rebel crappie cranks-GPS showed 1.1 MPH. Crappie were short hitting but managed to put 9 white and 1 black crappie in the meat locker. Water temp was 57 on Ft. Loudon last Wednesday. Ben
Fished this past weekend out of Leatherwood Resort. We trolled crankbaits and had good success on white bass. Found them on shallow flats Saturday under cloudy skies in the back of the creek. Sunday under clear skies found them deeper on the river channel drops. Trolled Rebel Teeny R’s an Rebel deep wee-R’s. Surface temp around 60 with lake at winter pool.
Went out to Stewarts Creek at 10 am and fished till 2:45. Long lined for crappie and only managed 7 crappie with one keeper, a dozen white bass, 1 catfish and one keeper LM. Started shallow and worked our way deeper. Best results were in 7 to 14 FOW. Trolled 1/32 and 1/16 jigs grubs. Switched to larger grubs in the afternoon and it picked up the bite for us. Started in the back of the ski cove and then fished sister cove. Going to try some bass fishing tomorrow. Keith D.
Message Hello Jim first time posting a message. I have read your tips on different water temps. Just wondering if you could share some tips on what color jigs to use depending on light conditions when the water temp is right for jigs. Thanks TD- Murfreesboro
From Jim Duckworth
TD fishing in the Cumberland river which usually means 30 feet or more deep color is not a real big thing since there is no light penetration that deep so the general red head and white skirt is the way to go now if you are fishing down below Pickwick or where the water is clearer and less than 30 feet deep color can make a difference and a light blue head with a white skirt is good and temperature is not the controlling factor for sauger colors but light penetration is. I fish a bare unpainted lead head a lot with a Bass Assasin shad body in white or chartreuse. I have a good jigging for sauger DVD that covers about any question you have on sauger and it was filmed on the Cumberland and I show and tell you where I am fishing, try it out. Jim
Message I fished this past Saturday with a friend on Ft. Loudon in Knoxville. We trolled crankbaits for crappie an had a good day. Kept 30 Crappie, and a mix of cats, stripe, and yellows. We also caught a couple of blue channel cats weighing 15 and 17 pounds. Surface temp was around 65 degrees. Fish were caught suspended around brush tops in 17-22 feet of water. We caught them on Radar 10, Bandit 300, Mann 15+, and Hot Lips crankbaits. Mic-Old Hickory
Humminbird 899 HD SI
Message I have had the 899 two weeks and must say it is eye opening to say the least. In the first outing on JJP I bet I added 50 new way points mostly brush piles that I never happen to go over with my HB 597. Its got me pumped to say the least. I appreciated your last DVD in which you highlighted the 899 and 1199 units.
Have a great day,
Ray that unit is the best unit for the money on the market and it does all you will ever need and I am so glad you liked the DVD, I am building a utube page for the website right now and will be doing product reviews and fishing tips on it and we have 10 done already so watch for it soon, thanks again. Jim
Message I’m looking at buying a SI unit but want to be sure the speed is going to be accurate when im I’m running under 2 mph my 597 ci HD jumps and I’ve been told the 899 will also. In your video the unit at the steering wheel had a steady speed, what model was that one?
Answer from Jim Duckworth
I am not sure what unit was in the DVD you saw since I get new units each year, but despite what you heard the 899 HD SI is perfect for what you want and is reasonable in price and I run one of those on my Bow and an 1199 HD SI on the console and they both read out the speed perfectly so don’t be afraid to get the 899 Humminbird plus it has great down imaging in it and lots of other top end perks, in my opinion it is the best color big screen unit on the market for the money and you will love it. Thanks for buying my DVD and by the way if you get a chance I will be working the Nashville fairgrounds boat show in February and my booth will be right at the front door and I will be doing seminars also so come on by and visit with me and we can talk electronics, thanks for the fishing post. Jim