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#3234149 - 04/28/13 08:24 PM Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam
Crosshairy
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My son and I went fishing Saturday morning with Sam Simons (associate of the esteemed Richard Simms) below Chickamauga Dam. This turned into a bit more of an adventure than I was planning because a cold front came through, bringing some rain. That wouldn’t have been a big deal, except that my son is only 5 years old and has only been on a boat once (for about 5 minutes).

That said, Sam showed his strength in dealing with young kids, especially as Austin went through his “getting settled in” phase at the beginning of the trip. I’m really proud of how patient Austin was – we managed to stick out the cold and rain for almost 4 hours, and in the end he wasn’t even asking to leave. We caught a nice smallie, hit a good quitting spot, and decided to call it while we were “ahead”. He’s a great kid!

He ended up catching his first smallmouth, first blue cat, first trophy fish, and almost his second trophy fish! He hooked a beast of a smallmouth (5-lb class fish) that did an aerial show and threw the hook. We will definitely be taking another trip with Sam in the future.

On with the pictures...

One of two ~ 2.5 lb smallies that he reeled in all by himself

A 30-lb blue and a ~12-lb blue that were caught back-to-back. There was some insanity on the boat going on there with Austin – that big fish was the first one of the day. What a way to break the ice!

A nice little blue that Austin reeled in on light spinning tackle, posing here with Mr. Sam
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#3234160 - 04/28/13 08:29 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: Crosshairy]
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Congrats to both of you! I bet your son will definitely want to go fishing again real soon!!
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#3234235 - 04/28/13 09:42 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: BARhunter]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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awesome
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#3234273 - 04/28/13 10:48 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
Paul Burns
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Hats off to a good guide and good trip. You have a lucky son.
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#3234315 - 04/29/13 05:21 AM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: Paul Burns]
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Good times right there- Sam is good people. Congrats!
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#3234352 - 04/29/13 07:24 AM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: bigluresonly]
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Awesome!
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#3234426 - 04/29/13 08:34 AM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: Dbllunger]
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Awesome
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#3234461 - 04/29/13 09:00 AM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: easy45]
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cool!
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#3234476 - 04/29/13 09:09 AM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: mathews338]
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Awesome.
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#3234523 - 04/29/13 09:58 AM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: Winchester]
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Thats good stuff!
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#3234538 - 04/29/13 10:11 AM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: PinchPoint]
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Awesome \:D
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#3234602 - 04/29/13 11:04 AM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: RUGER]
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Looks like great fun!
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#3234907 - 04/29/13 04:53 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: Football Hunter]
rukiddin?
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Thats awesome, but I would've told you to leave those bananas on the dock.....Bananas are serious bad ju ju for boats.....If you believe in that kind of stuff. lol.
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#3235027 - 04/29/13 07:33 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: rukiddin?]
Crosshairy
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 Originally Posted By: rukiddin?
Thats awesome, but I would've told you to leave those bananas on the dock.....Bananas are serious bad ju ju for boats.....If you believe in that kind of stuff. lol.


Hah! I was oblivious to them even being in the picture. We had nothing to eat for breakfast, so I took a couple of bananas from the hotel lobby the day before. Maybe that's the reason the fish wasn't 80 lbs. \:\)
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#3235035 - 04/29/13 07:38 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: Crosshairy]
shsimons
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I recall catching my 83 lber from that spot right after I ate a banana, ha.
It was special seeing your care with your son Zach. I enjoyed it so much.

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#3235044 - 04/29/13 07:47 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: shsimons]
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Congratulations on a great trip! You have reason for being proud of your son for hanging in there in weather some adults would be complaining about.
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#3235082 - 04/29/13 08:18 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: scn]
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Congratulations and that could very well be some of the best money you will ever have spent.! I bet you have a son that is hooked for life.
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#3237425 - 05/02/13 06:49 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: PinchPoint]
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Doesnt get much better than that!
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#3238156 - 05/03/13 02:14 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: Crosshairy]
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Thanks for the kind words for Sam. I am proud to call him my partner and my friend (even on the many days that he outfishes me).
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#3238312 - 05/03/13 05:21 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: rsimms]
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Looks like a blast!
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#3238885 - 05/04/13 02:25 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: timberjack86]
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#3242489 - 05/08/13 08:38 PM Re: Guided trip below Chickamauga Dam [Re: Wes Parrish]
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Awesome trip.

I was considering going catfishing there this Friday but was concerned they may be pulling too much water.

Any opinion on that would be appreciated.

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