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#3260348 - 06/03/13 08:19 AM It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City
rsimms
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I've called Chattanooga home and fished the Tennessee River for five decades... and yet I am still flabbergasted and amazed at the quality of our fishery. This weekend it wasn't a matter IF you were going to catch anything... it was just a matter of deciding WHAT you wanted to catch.

Erich and Sarah Ritzhaupt came down from Nashville to fish with me Saturday. We made a full day of it. I believe we caught eight species and they went home with a cooler full of cats and bull bluegill for the dinner table. The each caught "personal bests" of several species... catfish, bluegill, smallmouth. Sarah had a behemoth largemouth clear water 3 feet, right in her face. That was seconds before he headed back to the bottom and snapped her line. Sarah's biggest cat was a solid 25-pounder. Erich had one on that I believe was much bigger... but they parted ways before we ever got to see it. x2 Barring the hour or so that I made the mistake of "leaving fish to find fish," it was pretty much non-stop action Sarah and Erich are neat folks and fairly experienced fisherpersons. But I think they were fairly impressed with the Scenic City fishing.











Sunday morning Kate Allen and her father, Rodney Binette, braved the rain. They weren't really geared up for it but they fought through the deluge like troopers, and it paid off. Both of them scored trophy smallmouth. Of course that was after we battled a few nice cats and a boat load of bull bluegill.









The smallmouth were released, but they headed home to clean fish while I hung around to try and rid myself of a six leftover shiners. Six shiners on six casts yielded two great largemouth, a bragging-sized smallmouth and three big white bass. I texted my friend Erik Almy a picture of the smallmouth and said, "Bring me some more shiners." He was at the ramp almost before I could get my trolling motor up. (Actually I did have time to catch a 30 lb. cat while I was waiting on him, really).

We caught more bull bluegill, stripe, spotted bass, a few quality smallmouth and I jumped another big largemouth off. FYI, all our cats came on chicken breast, the bluegill on a 32nd oz. jighead tipped with a wax worm, and the bass all on live shiners.







I wish I knew exactly how many fish came over the gunnel of the G3 this weekend. It would boggle my brain... and that means life is good and gettin' better every day!
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#3260359 - 06/03/13 08:27 AM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: rsimms]
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Are those flotation devices around everyone waist? if so what brand are they? thanks
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#3260365 - 06/03/13 08:42 AM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: DogGoneCoon]
rsimms
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 Originally Posted By: DogGoneCoon
Are those flotation devices around everyone waist? if so what brand are they? thanks


Yes, wearing one is required in my boat. They are Stearns Inflata-Belts.
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#3260522 - 06/03/13 11:47 AM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: rsimms]
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nice catch,gonna look into those belts
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#3261060 - 06/04/13 05:47 AM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: Football Hunter]
mathews338
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awesome weekend!
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#3261217 - 06/04/13 09:40 AM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: mathews338]
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Great bunch of fish. Those Smallies are nice.
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#3261264 - 06/04/13 10:43 AM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: Kirk]
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WOW! Nice!! We did well on the lake as well. Thank You for the "in general" help! \:D
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#3265839 - 06/11/13 07:47 AM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: Unicam]
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Uploaded a little video of this trip. Sarah and Erich actually requested a specific song, and Sarah wasn't shy about acting out the part. Check it out and ENJOY!

http://www.youtube.com/v/xrmlp23ltwI&hd=720
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#3265883 - 06/11/13 09:19 AM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: rsimms]
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Cool video, looks like fun!
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#3267472 - 06/13/13 01:21 PM Re: It Was an 'OMG!' Weekend in Scenic City [Re: Dbllunger]
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Hilary would tell you to substitute "angler" for "fisherpersons"

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