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#2928049 - 08/31/12 04:33 PM Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life
Dbllunger
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So my cousin in law has been begging me to take him Rockfishing all summer long. My fishing partner and myself have been putting 30 pounders in the boat on a regular basis this summer. I would imaginge at least a dozen or so in the last two months in that range. Anyway, back to my cousin in law. I call him yesterday when my regular fishing partner can't make it and give him the invite. He says he doesn't have to work and would love to go and ask what time do we need to meet up. I told him to meet me at the ramp at 5:30 am. He says "Wow, that is really early but OK". He then ask what time will we be finished because he has some chores in the afternoon. I told him we would be finished and home before noon. I can immediately sense the hesitation in his voice when he says he has to check with his wife and would call me back. Next thing I know he sends me a text saying he can't make it because he is afraid he would be too tired in the afternoon to do his chores but maybe next time.

Unfortunately for him, there won't be a next time. If a person turns me down with an opportunity to catch the biggest fish of their life just so they can get a few hours of beauty sleep then there isn't a second chance. His loss. It boggles my mind that the guy begged me to take him and when I offered, he turned me down so he could sleep.

Well, as it turned out, I had a pretty good morning by myself. The overcast skies and light drizzle with fog on the water made for a pretty decent morning with the rockfish. I managed to boat three with the largest being a solid 30 pounds and the other two in the eighteen to twenty pound range. Several lookers and swirlers. Watched a fish blow up on some shad so hard I thought it had knocked itself out running up to some large rocks on the bank! Crazy!

Anyway, here are a few pics from this morning. The fishing laying on the boat is the 30 lber and was 41 inches long. The one I am holding is from an earlier trip just to give perspective to what a 30 pound fish looks like.

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#2928091 - 08/31/12 05:31 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: Dbllunger]
Cottontop
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I'll go! I am beautiful enough!
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#2928099 - 08/31/12 05:42 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: Cottontop]
catman529
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congrats! I'll be chasing the rockfish soon, hopefully tuesday.
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#2928100 - 08/31/12 05:43 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: Cottontop]
Inkstainz
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Well you have hardcore hunters and fishers who will get up and don't care about the time, and then you have those that don't. If I knew you were pulling fish in like that I'd have been there at 5 waiting anxiously.
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#2928113 - 08/31/12 05:59 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: catman529]
Dbllunger
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
congrats! I'll be chasing the rockfish soon, hopefully tuesday.


Good luck. The little bit of weather change made the difference.
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#2928192 - 08/31/12 07:33 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: Inkstainz]
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 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
Well you have hardcore hunters and fishers who will get up and don't care about the time, and then you have those that don't. If I knew you were pulling fish in like that I'd have been there at 5 waiting anxiously.


I would have been there at 5 with breakfast burritos or biscuits!

\:D

Congrats on a good fishing day!
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#2928353 - 08/31/12 10:16 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: Inkstainz]
sure shot
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 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
Well you have hardcore hunters and fishers who will get up and don't care about the time, and then you have those that don't. If I knew you were pulling fish in like that I'd have been there at 5 waiting anxiously.
x3 id even paid for breakfast and gas... nice fish congratz !!! i get the same answer when people want me to take them,until i tell them what time im leaving \:\)
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#2928382 - 08/31/12 10:45 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: sure shot]
easy45
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I'll go
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#2928802 - 09/01/12 02:33 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: easy45]
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He shoulda told the wife these chores are making me too tired too go fishing. the chores will have to wait. Congrats on good day.
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#2928824 - 09/01/12 02:54 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: muddyboots]
SES
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Sounds like his #1 chore should be confiscating his do-dads back from his wife!
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#2928835 - 09/01/12 03:18 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: SES]
Dbllunger
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 Originally Posted By: SES
Sounds like his #1 chore should be confiscating his do-dads back from his wife!


Now that's funny! \:D
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#2928914 - 09/01/12 04:57 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: Dbllunger]
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I thought you were going to call me and we were going to go \:\) Too late now, my rockfish article ran last Wed. and I won't do another until next year. Just for giggles:

Outdoors With John L. Sloan –


The Dawn Patrol.

We got our shad below the dam with a cast net. About 15, was all we could keep alive and we carried them up the hill in 5-gallon buckets. That is comparable to running three marathons back to back. We were young and strong then.

The ideal shad was about five inches long and we hooked them through the lips. The rig was a ½-ounce egg sinker above a swivel. The shad was on 18-inches of line below that.
We would be on the water at least an hour before dawn. However, the action usually started just as the sun topped the trees. Our favorite starting point was outside the roadbed at Hamilton Creek. A rock pile there holds shad. This was especially true with an East wind. Our number two-spot was behind Bird Island in Old Hickory Cove. Often, the wind blew the shad into the cove from the main lake. J. Percy Priest was the top spot for rockfish and to some degree still is. Best conditions were some wind and cloud cover, maybe even some rain and right in the heat of summer.

The live shad were stool pigeons. When fish got close, they got nervous. That spawned the term “shadgraph”. The late Mickey Pope coined that term. It soon spread throughout the rockfish fraternity working out of Elm Hill. Stu Tinney, Tony Bean and I fished six or seven days a week. For some strange reason, back then, I liked catching the darn things. That is no longer true. I believe aching wrists and shoulders have something to do with it.

Now and then, we would use artificial lures. The big surface lures like the Redfin were the best but you could not count out a white, ¼-ounce doll fly with white pork rind for a trailer. I wish we’d had flukes back then.

We were in Mickey’s boat that morning and he was on the trolling motor and working a shad about 30-feet deep. The first planes were just starting to leave BNA and pass over our heads and the sun was just rimming the trees. “Shadgraph.”, said Pope, standing up and lowering his rod. “Something is getting close. My own shad was calm so I had my doubts. Then, I saw his rod tip start a downward arc and Pope set his feet. Then, when the rod tip went under the water to the first guide, he set the hook and the fight was on.

As I recall, that fish was in the 30-pound range. We caught a lot of 30-pounders during those times and an occasional one bumping 40. The largest I ever caught came out of Old Hickory at the steam plant. It was just a pound shy of 50, according to the scales we had. They may or may not have been accurate. I do know it was the biggest I ever caught.

For sheer numbers, Priest was the place. I recall catching as many as 10 in one morning. Then, when they stocked the [censored] hybrids, you could catch one of those every cast, once you got into them. That is when I lost interest anything with stripes, including zebras and referees.

Through the years, Mickey and I caught a lot of rockfish in a variety of places. For a while, the lower reaches of the Caney Fork became one of our favorite haunts. The big fish were hard to land due to the current and the plentitude of snags for them to wrap lines around. Near the highway 70 bridge over the Caney, a place they call Falling Water Rocks, Mickey tied into what may have been the biggest rockfish I ever saw. I would hate to guess at the weight. It did not take the fish long to break off but that was a big fish and then some.

Below Cheatham dam was another place the shadgraph worked. We caught tons of rockfish there on hot afternoons. It is dangerous and a life jacket is mandatory. If you fall in, odds are, you won’t get out.

If you have nothing to do some hot night, see if you can’t net some shad and keep them alive long enough to get to the lake. It is best if you go with someone and for sure wear your life jacket. Start in front of the boat ramp at Hamilton Creek and work around both sides. Keep your boat in 30-40 feet of water and keep your ears open for fish in the jumps. When it gets light, look for the birds zeroed in on schools of baitfish. Pay attention to your shadgraph and get ready for the dawn patrol.
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#2928950 - 09/01/12 05:54 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: bowriter]
Dbllunger
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Great article John. Good writing is a talent I wasn't born with nor ever acquired. I wish I would have.

Sorry I didn't get together with you this year but hopefully next season we can get together. Up until this last Friday, the fishing really hasn't been great but I guess the little change in the weather worked. I guess there are just a few more weeks of fishing left for me now because as soon as the bow season opens, its all about the deer until January with the exception of maybe one or two trips to Wheeler dam in October.

I know you are familiar with the water I'm fishing and what I'm doing. Do you think the flukes would work for something like that?
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#2928967 - 09/01/12 06:30 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: Dbllunger]
bowriter
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Think Heck, I know they will and I'll tell you what else is redhot and mostly forgotten-try a 1/4-ounce white doll fly with a 6" white trailer. We use to make our trailers out of white buckskin. You will lose a lot of them on ricls but they are killer when they are generaqting and the fish are holding in the eddies or behind rocks.

Top bait day after day is 12" rainbow trout still very alive.
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#2930520 - 09/03/12 12:02 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: SES]
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LOL, I have a buddy like that. I like to hit the lake at daylight or earlier, but he can't seem to get up before 9 AM. If you ever need a partner to fish with, give me a jingle. I'm retired and like to take new adventures. I've fished up that way before. It's too long of a drive to go very often, but a couple trips a year, I don't mind. Oh, and I can get up real early to go fishing! 615-635-3783 Merv
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#2931220 - 09/03/12 11:42 PM Re: Beauty Rest or Biggest Fish of your life [Re: agelesssone]
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I wouldnt get up that early to catch a fish. but then again, i wouldnt hassle you to take me either.nice fish
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