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#845707 - 07/30/08 05:43 PM Cumberland RIver Report
12 Point

Registered: 08/06/00
Posts: 5871
Loc: Rockvale,tn

Since the caney is so popular I decided to go fish somewhere else. Didnt have much company other than a couple barges and one pontoon boat. Caught a bunch of smallish fish today. Only really saw a couple monsters. Seems there was no generation and the gar were spread out rather than concentrated inn the backwater eddies.

#845731 - 07/30/08 06:04 PM Re: Cumberland RIver Report [Re: ]
12 Point

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6349
Loc: Nashville, TN

Excellent! I can't believe you let Simms get you hooked on that nasty redneck toothy critter!

I did a carp and gar presentation for the Hendersonville Fly Fishing Club a few months ago. I got two calls asking me to guide for gar. I don't guide cause well, I think it would suck. My point is that, as a guide, there's a market for you to guide for gar on the fly.

IMO, the Cumby lives and dies by generation. Most of the species go on the feed (or at least fall for my BS) much better when they're dumping water. The spots will eat when it's stagnant, but the smallies, carp, gar, and striper bite better or are at least more concentrated in moving water. I can't speak for cats.
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#845742 - 07/30/08 06:11 PM Re: Cumberland RIver Report [Re: gil1]
12 Point

Registered: 08/06/00
Posts: 5871
Loc: Rockvale,tn

Gil I think your correct about the market after all how often can you catch several fish that are measured in FEET rather than inches.

Edited by Troy Basso (07/30/08 06:12 PM)

#845800 - 07/30/08 06:49 PM Re: Cumberland RIver Report [Re: Fordman]
Trapper John
TnDeer Old Timer
16 Point

Registered: 03/13/99
Posts: 11877
Loc: Murfreesboro,TN/Decaturville, ...

I couldn't catch a gar if I focused on it. When I go crappie fishing I catch them all day along with snapping turtles and hybrids.

I say catch...they typically pop off when they get along side the boat. Hooks don't set well in those things.

#845821 - 07/30/08 07:00 PM Re: Cumberland RIver Report [Re: Fordman]
Viper (tp)
14 Point

Registered: 12/23/04
Posts: 9452
Loc: greenfield, tenn.

Troy, them ole gar are alotta fun to catch, this is a 5 pounder I caught on ultra lite tackle a month ago!!

#845910 - 07/30/08 07:44 PM Re: Cumberland RIver Report [Re: Viper (tp)]
hunter drew
14 Point

Registered: 06/16/07
Posts: 8768
Loc: henderson county TN Lexington

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#846701 - 07/31/08 09:23 AM Re: Cumberland RIver Report [Re: ]
12 Point

Registered: 08/06/00
Posts: 5871
Loc: Rockvale,tn

 Originally Posted By: captain hook
Gar are quite sporting and a load of fun to catch. They might be the dumbest or easiest fish to get to strike there is in Fresh water. I floated the French Broad a month or so ago, and swiped some monsters that were 5 feet long or so. In the words of a buddy of mine, " it's all good, no matter what species."

Yeppers "If it swims I am atleast interested in catching one"

#848493 - 08/01/08 08:43 AM Re: Cumberland RIver Report [Re: ]
6 Point

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 782
Loc: Tennessee

I used to target them on their spawning run up the big muddy river to the Crab Orchard dam in S. Illinois during late May. for 2 weeks you could go down in 2 hours and catch 50-60, at least hook up. Biggest one was a great 52" longnose that gave me a ride...some huge bowfindown there too...the most underrated gamefish on the planet. They fight they taste good, they have incredible acrobatics, and are relatively attractive and hit conventional lures and tackle AS WELL as flies [streamers] in lush backwater areas. The largest gar i saw down there was a 57" longnose that had gotten itself entangled in some chain link fence that came unraveled and heck of an animal. Would love to see thea lligator gar program come to full fruition by the time my kids are old enough to fish and enjoy it. What a game fish....thankyou John Fox for overharvesting the Red River...jerk.
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