On my way to the lake or river I'm always looking to see if the cows are eating or laying down. I look for birds too. If they're active the fishing is usually pretty good. That's when I start with a Whopper Popper. This top water lure should be mandatory for your tackle box. Cherokee and Douglas lake is a good place to throw it. It looks like your lake is a good spot for it too. Another must have lure is the Rebel crawdad. As mentioned earlier by someone. It catches all kinds of fish.
I fished a kayak tourney a few weeks ago on Cherokee. The big bass we working up shallow to start spawning.
I have to get a new linsence. It expired March 1st. I'll be getting the trout stamp too!
If you want to just relax, take that bobber off, and put on a night crawler. Throw it out and let it sit. Then grab a beer. If your line drifts back to shore add more weight.
It won't be long and I'll be turning stones for grampus. I'll find about a dozen and head up the Nolichucky gorge. Then it's on. Multiple smallies on one grampus with a few large trout and maybe a catfish or two.
All this fishing talk is making my want to jump in the car with the kayak and head to Fontana lake............
How does weather affect the fish? For that matter, what about time of day?
Over the many years of hunting and fishing I have found wildlife to be active and feeding during the solunar periods, especially the MAJOR period. This includes everything form song birds to large game -
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The solunar theory is a hypothesis that animals and fish move according to the location of the moon in comparison to their bodies. The theory was laid out in 1926 by John Alden Knight, but was said to be used by hunters and fishermen long before the time it was published
I gave up long ago trying to guess the weather/fish relationship, some of my best days a human shouldn't be out in, we were pulling bass out of a hole so fast once we just threw them on the boat floor, in about a minute you could drive a nail with them they were frozen so hard.
It seems that fishing requires more activity than I thought. When I decided to learn to fish, my plan was to throw a line in the water and let it sit until something bites. The reality is that the hook is constantly reeled in and re-cast. Otherwise, it quickly drifts to the bank. It was actually kind of fun to do it that way.
Do you see the bobber in one of the photos and how close it is to the bank?
I stopped by the fishing shop which is very close to the river but was too shy to ask questions or have them look at my pole.
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