The moon and the stars lined up just right today... plus I fished a different pattern. Brian Lowe from Soddy Daisy said he read about me in Tennessee Sportsman Magazine and decided to give me a try. I'm glad he did... I think he is too. We killed 'em today.

Brian has fished with guides on Ft. Loudon and caught some monster cats (67 lb. PB). But said today he just wanted "to catch a bunch of fish." He and his Dad, Phillip, planned to stock the freezer and brought a 50-quart cooler. I was worried. But I'll be darned if we didn't manage to fill 'er up to the top.

We tried a big fish/big tackle pattern for about an hour and managed one decent fish. Then we switched over to light tackle and started hop-scotching, looking for the Mother Lode. We found it. Light tackle and a finesse presentation of chicken breast, on just the right current flow was the ticket. In the right spot, of course. We had to hit 3 or 4 sections of river before we found 'em.

No monsters today but we had four fish in the 10-15 lb. class. Those, of course, will flat work you over on light spinning tackle. Plus lots of fish from sandwich-size up to 10 lbs. It was a blast.

Brian and his Dad lay stone for a living, which means Brian has got biceps the size of my beer gut. We put a few fish on a stringer for a picture... and I enjoyed watching him struggle when I said, "get 'em a little higher ... and smile!" Which means life is good and gettin' better every day!

Read my book, "An Outdoor State of Mind"
"The outdoors is not just a place, it's a state of mind."