Dale Hollow Lake
Posted March 23 2011 - 08:34 AM
Posted March 23 2011 - 08:49 AM
I've hired guides on a few occasions and have always caught fish. The one problem with guides is that they can make the fishing seem too easy. They put you on top of 'em, you chuck and wind, and soon enough you're catching fish. In real life it's never that easy, especially on new water.
Make sure and ask plenty of questions of your guide, especially in regards to locating fish. Once you figure that out, selecting the right bait is just icing on the cake.
Posted March 23 2011 - 08:55 AM
Posted March 23 2011 - 08:57 AM
Posted March 23 2011 - 09:30 AM
If you are staying in a resort the folks there could also be helpful. Don't hire a local expert (guide) and micromange him. You are paying him to know the fishes stage, where they are and what works.
Does the guide know how you want to catch them? Big question particuarly if you desired method is not effective at DH.
If he is furnishing the tackle including lures go with it.
Posted March 23 2011 - 10:39 AM
i've hired the guide for the 3 days, but guides are there to put you on fish and all the guides probably find the same fish and use the same lures and techniques to catch them. I want to catch fish but i also want to catch them the way i want to catch them. the world record smallmouth came out of Dale Hollow back in 1955, i think the reason it hasn't been broken because the fish are condition to seeing the same lure over and over. wouldn't it be prudent to throw something they have never seen?
LOL, that made me laugh!
Posted March 23 2011 - 10:43 AM
Posted March 23 2011 - 10:58 AM
Posted March 23 2011 - 11:03 AM
Posted March 23 2011 - 11:14 AM
why you laughing KS cranker? to busy to reply just make fun?
Never been to DH, so don't have any suggestions to you. But just because it's in the sticks doesn't mean they are still using Pradco Spinrites...
Posted March 23 2011 - 11:29 AM
Posted March 23 2011 - 11:30 AM
There are tons of Largemouth and Spots they are just up the lake more so than the Smallmouth there are some very big largemouth too. My neighbor had a 7lb15oz and a 8lb1oz largemouth last week.
Bob Coan is the guide i hired. he said he only guides for smallmouth because there weren't many largemouth or spots in Dale Hollow.
Posted March 23 2011 - 03:23 PM
There are thousands who pull their boat to DH every year and thousands more who bring their own tackle and rent a boat so your chances of bringing a heretofor unseen lure are slim and none.
Posted March 28 2011 - 01:59 PM
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Posted April 03 2011 - 04:00 PM
first time here but wanted to drop my 2 cents worth. Was on Dale a week ago and went out
with Keith Palmiero, also out of Horse Creek Resort and had a great day. 20 fish all between 3 and 4.5 lbs. We were fishing flats off the main lake and up in the creeks a little ways. Fishing pea gravel flats with a swim bait, the Big Hammer in a shad with chartruce back. we were staying over 20-25 ft of water and making long casts to the bank and swimming the bait back really slow just ticking the grass and bottom now an then. The only thing I can say is hold on to your rod because they will try to take it away from you. LOL! Also you may want to take a red craw Bandit 300 with you, also were catching fish. Before you go check out smalljaw.com. Those guys on there are really helpful and will give you some great advise. Hope you have a great trip and hope you get a sore arm.