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Recommendations For Tn Smallmouth?


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#1 jmb27

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Posted January 09 2012 - 06:29 PM

I am planning a trip to TN to fish for smallmouth in late March mid-April timeframe.

I am thinking of Dale Hollow, but Pickwick (or another recommendation) is fine. Looking for guide recommendations as well as other thoughts on early spring smallmouth.

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Posted January 10 2012 - 09:23 AM

Pickwick: Speedy Madewell below Pickwick Dam;
Roger Stegall below Wilson Dam and the main lake.
If you have your own boat, I might fish with you
for a day or two.

Dale Hollow: Jim Duckworth





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#3 jmb27

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Posted January 10 2012 - 09:46 AM

Thanks for the advice--I was hoping that you would chime in. I'll look up those guides and see if their availability matches up with the first week in April.

I am still fishing a small boat here--I don't have the big boat yet to take you up on your offer. :)

Really looking forward to this trip...

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Posted January 10 2012 - 10:36 AM

Speedy is my best friend and fishing partner. He is the only man
I know who has landed a 10lb smallmouth. I netted and weighed the
fish in November, 2004. The monster was caught on the Tennessee River
below Pickwick Dam.

http://www.smallmouthandstripers.com/



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Posted January 10 2012 - 05:13 PM

Good luck in your search, If all fails come on to Pickwick if the time fits in with mine. Shoot we will fish a couple of days. Can't say you will catch a fish of a life time. But in that time frame above Pickwick dam, is a good time to catch a boat load in crank baits.
Or if We can get RW to fish with us and show us how to do it right, We might just get a chance at a Trophy fish.
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Posted January 11 2012 - 01:07 PM

Good luck in your search, If all fails come on to Pickwick if the time fits in with mine. Shoot we will fish a couple of days. Can't say you will catch a fish of a life time. But in that time frame above Pickwick dam, is a good time to catch a boat load in crank baits.
Or if We can get RW to fish with us and show us how to do it right, We might just get a chance at a Trophy fish.
Pete


Careful, I will take you up on that offer. ;) Another potential factor in the decision is the wife and kids may be coming with me, so I need to find something that is entertaining fairly close by while I fish for two days.

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Posted January 11 2012 - 02:22 PM

Shiloh is incredible!


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Posted January 15 2012 - 08:15 PM

I love Dale Hollow and fish there quite often. It is a tough lake to figure out though, but it should be on fire by that time of year. I recommend you get a guide if its your first time. Jim Duckworth is good, I've never fished with him though. I recommend Greg Brisendine from dusk to dawn guide service or Keith Palmeiro of Small chasers, you can learn more about them at www.smalljaw.com . I plan on going to Pickwick in search of a trophy that time of the year myself but my vote always goes to the Hollow.