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  • How to fish frozen on Saturday

    Posted by tnbassman10 on February 11, 2015 at 2:49 am

    I’ve been off the lake far too long this winter. Duck season is over and has been for nearly 3 weeks now. It’s time to fish! The good Lord may be telling me otherwise as it will be a frigid 30° with wind 25-30mph NNW. Looking at that, on the lake the wind will feel like 40mph and should put the windchill around 0°. Any clue as what to do on a day like that?

    I was thinking about putting in at Fate Sanders and heading up river where I’m more comfortable and fishing shallower. However, main lake points on windy days can be dynamite, but 30mph winds?! I don’t know about that! Anybody have any suggestions on braving the elements Saturday?

    I plan to fish from about 7A-Noon.

    tnbassman10 replied 9 years, 5 months ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
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  • jboy

    Member
    February 11, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Ill be working on this Frozen Saturday.. Im self employed so I try to work on the crappy wknds and take off on the nice days doing the week and go fishing…

  • chawchaw

    Member
    February 11, 2015 at 3:29 am

    get a houseboat and sit inside while you troll.

    lol, jk. thats too windy for my liking . im sure the creeks would be calmer. let me know how it goes.

  • tnbassman10

    Member
    February 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    The forecast is looking slightly better as we get closer to the weekend. The winds have been knocked down to just 20mph (just 20mph… I know) and the temperature has been bumped up to 42°. It’s still going to be cold though.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    February 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I would definitely be up in the river on a calm stretch fishing slow with shaky heads. Stay warm.

  • tnbassman10

    Member
    February 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    The A-rig is dominating on Old Hickory right now. Brian, what about at Percy Priest? You wouldn’t try it up in the river? I’m still not confident or used to it yet as I’ve only thrown it a handful of times. I know its a fish-catching device, especially this time of year, and so I want to badly figure it out asap now that I can finally throw them this year.

  • tnbassman10

    Member
    February 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Whelp, Saturday was interesting. The weather in the first part of the morning was very cold. It was about 22° when we left the ramp @ 6:40am. We went straight to the warmer water of Spring & Fall Creeks. We drove to the back and found 50° water towards the back. After throwing shad raps & A-rigs for 2 hours, I switch to finesse fishing techniques. Within 30minutes, we caught 6 bass with a 3lbs keeper. We worked all the way up to the split and west fork and managed to catch 6 more between 10a-1230p. We headed back home after that. We had a dozen fish with only 1 keeper. I still have yet to catch a fish on an a-rig after throwing it now for about 5 hours between the last 2 saturdays on Priest. I don’t know if I’m doing it right or not? I’m slow rolling it best I can and I’m fishing it like I would a spinnerbait–throwing it out at rocky banks and stumps and slow rolling it off the bank and down the drops. Most times the boat was sitting in 7ft and I was throwing at 2ft. I even threw it some paralleling bluffs and even tried my hand at some suspended fish in the river off a drop… nada. Idk if I’m doing it wrong but I can tell you it makes me feel kinda stupid admitting this b/c when people talk about the a-rig they all act like “it’s so easy anybody can do it!”

  • tnbassman10

    Member
    February 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Just a quick update:

    I hung around Saturday and watched the Fate Sanders Saturday morning gang weigh in after lunch. It took 13lbs to win but only the winner had a limit. Nobody else broke 5lbs that I saw. Last week they said it took 9.8lbs to win and the week before that about 8lbs. They said in January they saw a couple 20lbs sacks but so far in February it has gotten tougher than they’ve seen it in a long time.

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