Category Archives: Fishing Logs

Fishing Log – March 2, 2018

I made a spur of the moment fishing trip yesterday on Pickwick Lake as I was hearing about all the big fish that are being caught right now. The weather was pretty nice with the low in the morning at 41* and a high of around 58*. There were very few clouds in the sky and the wind   shifted during the day. The wind was blowing out of the north when I started but shifted out of the WNW as the day progressed. The water was very muddy as TVA was running current through the lakes at about 245,000 cfs, we have had a lot of rain this past week. The water temperature was 57* to 58* in the area I was fishing.The key for me was to find clear water running into the lake mixing with the muddy water. These areas seemed to be holding the shad in the shallow warm water. I did notice several time shad flicking on top and if I threw to those areas I would either get a bite or catch a fish.

The best lures for me were two primary lures one was a Squarebill 1.5 crankbait in my Hunger Pang pattern and the other was a Rattle Trap I painted in the Dark Crystal Craw pattern. I fished these two lures about 95 percent of the day. I did catch one fish on each of the following , an 1/8 ounce shaky-head with a Zoom Green Pumpkin Trick Worm and one on a Texas rigged Vibe tail Speed worm. I had a couple hit a spinnerbait but did not hook either one even though I had a trailer hook on it.BER Custom Lure Painting – Hunger Pang.BER Custom Lure Painting – Dark Crystal Craw

I ended up catching a total of 27 bass with most of them in the 15″ range. My best bass pushed 5 pounds. Overall it was good day of fishing since this is the first trip out since the first week of December from last year.

Tight lines until my next post.

Lowrance – Part 2 – Sonar Logging

Okay now that we have our Sonar Logging recorded and placed in a folder on our home computer we need a way to view it. the program that I use is called Sonar Viewer. You can download the  at this link Sonar Viewer 2.1.2 . Once you download the program install it on your computer.

SonarViewer 3/2/2015 , 11:44:30 AM About SonarViewer [SCM]actwin,21,19,414,297;

SonarViewer 3/2/2015 , 11:45:37 AM SonarViewer

Now after we have installed the program and launched it we need to select the file or Sonar Logging we want to view. SonarViewer 3/2/2015 , 11:46:18 AM Open

Select File the go to the folder you created and select the file in this case the recording was named Sonar0000.sl2.



Now just hit the Arrow to start the recording. Notice that if you move your cursor over the item or object you will get the Depth, and GPS info along with other information.

Joy hope this helps you better use the tools we use for fishing.

Pickwick – Feb. 10, 2015 – Fishing Trip

I had a chance to make a trip to Pickwick with fishing buddy Lynn Melton yesterday. Of course the day I finally get to head to the lake the wind was howling with swells of two to three feet blowing straight up the lake.

Conditions: Weather air temp 50*, WSW wind 15 to 20 mph, heavy cloud cover no sunshine at all. Water temperature was 49* in most of the places we fished.

We managed to catch five keeper size bass all on crankbaits. The bite was slow and we found them in two places that had to be close to deep water. Now when I say deep water we were fishing near a creek channel swing that was about 12 to 15 feet deep. Our best fish was a 5.75 pound largemouth caught by Lynn and I had one over four pounds and another one close to four. The other two were just keepers.



John Manor – Pickwick Smallmouth

Check out this nice smallie John caught on six pound test line and a small plastic finesse lure Thursday afternoon.

John and I fished together that day starting out in shallow water for the flipping bite. We had several pickups but did not hook any fish. The water temperature was around 70° in most of the lake. Our best five fish that day was around twenty pounds. We caught fish  shallow and in deeper water near the famous Pickwick ledges. Again we had to fight the wind all day.



Mark Custer & I Crappie & Shellcracker fishing

Fellow worker and buddy Mark Custer and I had a chance to hit the lake last week on Pickwick for some crappie and shell-cracker fishing. We had an excellent day of fishing bringing home 14 crappie and about 25 shell-crackers. We caught almost all the fish anchored off one spot using Bobby Garland Baby Shad plastics on a 1/16 oz. unpainted lead-head on 4-pound test Mr. Crappie Hi-Viz line.

Mark Custer

Mark Custer

Bob with a couple of crappie

Me with a couple of crappie

Crappie and shell-crackers

Crappie and shell-crackers

Humminbird Down Image – Schools of Fish

I had a chance to make a fishing trip yesterday with a good friend from work yesterday for crappie and shellcracker. We caught a lot of fish on small 1/16 oz. leadheads with Bobby Garland Baby shad lures. As you can see from the photos, the first one shows a school of feeding stripe (yellow stripe & a school of shellcracker). These images are a snapshot from my Hummingbird 1158 HD Down Image. Hope this helps you to understand your images on your units.

Stripe and Shell=crackers

Stripe and Shell=crackers



Humminbird Down Image – Crappie School

Here is an image I did a snapshot of from my Humminbird 1158 Down Image unit yesterday while crappie fishing. As you can see there were a lot of fish in the school and from past experience I have found that crappie usually suspend in the shape of a Christmas tree unlike a lot of the other species I fish for. I only kept 9 fish from those that I caught.

Crappie School

Crappie School










Crappie for the table

Humminbird Down Image – Bluegill School

I had an opportunity to hit the lake yesterday afternoon for a little fishing. I thought I would show you an image from my Humminbird 1158 Down Image unit I did a snapshot of. This is a huge school of fish and you can see that there were a lot of them.

School of Bluegills or Shell-Crackers

School of Bluegills or Shell-Crackers














This is what the school of fish actually were, I caught at least 50 to 75 from this school using a Bobby Garland Monkey Milk Baby Shad on a 1/16 oz. unpainted lead-head. Almost every one of them hit the jig as it was falling. A lot of them were larger that your open hand. I turned them all back as I was fishing for crappie.