Monthly Archives: July 2013

Swimbait Heads with Spinners

Looking for a great swimbait jigheads with a twist? Then check out these made by LB’s Custom Lures. He makes these in a vary of different weights from 1/4 oz. up to 1 ounces. These work great with your favorite swimbaits or fluke type plastics. His prices are $4.00 for two heads. I have personally used these heads and they work great! I added 3D eyes to mine to give them a more realistic look. LB’s uses extra strong black nickel hooks up to 6/0 sizes.

Swimbait Jigheads with Spin

Pickwick and Heat Stroke!

The water temperature was 83* in the morning and got up to 86* by the end of the day.

Well I was off work yesterday and planned a trip to Pickwick Lake by myself. I had originally planned to make the trip with a buddy from work but something came up and he had to cancel out on me. I got a late start and put in at Brush Creek Ramp around 8:30 am to start my day. I wanted to try some old way-points down river that I had not fished in a few years. The water level was around 413.5 or so with a good current flow. The first couple of spots I tried I did not catch any fish but wish I had tried them again later in the day as the bite turned on late.

The next spot I tried as a small hump with a grass bed out in front of the Waterloo Road on the main lake. I did manage to catch a couple of small bass here on one of my custom painted square bill crank-baits. With the very heavy current and high water we had all last week the huge grass beds have really been washed out. Some of the grass was washed out roots and all but overall I think Pickwick will again return with a good amount of grass. The grass beds, hydrilla and coontail has really improved the size and number of fish in this old lake that was once called the Dead Sea.

I next moved down river to a few humps across from the mouth of Bear Creek and again did not catch any bass but did see a few fish suspended on my Humminbird 1198 side image unit. I forgot to mention I recently added a new 1158C Combo down image to the front of my boat and really love that unit for the detail it shows. I did not catch any bass here and I threw a 3/4 ounce football jig made for me by a long time fishing buddy Larry Brackin of LB’s Custom Lures. (More on his lures in another post)

I then moved into a huge cove and saw bass busting shad and knew from the sound they had to be big bass. I picked up my favorite top-water walking bait in my DFA pattern which stands for Death From Above and tossed it into a group of feeding bass and on the first cast caught a largemouth that pulled the scales down to 5.96 pounds. I was by my self so i could not get any photos. I had another one that weighted 4.48 pounds two casts later along with several in the 1.5 to 2.5  pound range before the top-water bite was over. This was around 11:00 am but I would think it would have be much better early in the morning before the sun got almost straight up in the middle of the day.

Death From Above


I then headed back up river to a few mid lake humps and ledges to try a few new lures I had in my box. The air temperature had risen to over 90* by this time and there was no breeze at all. I knew from a trip a few years back that these conditions can cause Heat Stroke if I was not careful so I made sure to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of liquids.  I moved to a favorite hump I call SSHH or Super Secret Honey Hole and dropped my anchor as I always do on this spot.

I knew from the past that if the current is running I needed to throw my lures up river and let them wash down with the current in order to catch the bass. I usually start out with my favorite search lure which is a football jig. I made a few casts but caught nothing. I picked up a 10″ worm and on the first cast caught a 3 pound bass. But after throwing is several more time caught nothing else.

As I was fishing the worm I saw a school of big bass push a school of shad to the top and were feeding on them. I normally keep a rod rigged with a topwater lure handy for this reason and when I picked it up and threw it trying to reach the school I got a professional overrun or (back-lash) of course. The school went down so I picked up a big 5.5″ swimbait on a 3/4 ounce head Larry had poured for me and threw it out to where the school went down. As I was slow rolling the lure back a bass almost too the rod out of my hand. It came up and jumped and looked to be in the four to five pound range but threw the lure. On the next four or five casts I either caught a three pound plus bass or lost one when they came off.

After tearing up all the 5.5″ swimbaits I had I picked up one of the new Strike King 10XD crankbaits I had bought the day before in the Sexy Shad color and made a long cast with it and on the second cast I had a big bass take the lure away from me! Dang it this was the only one I had and there went $14.99!

I ended up moving up river to another hump mostly to get a little breeze in my face since I was getting over headed and need to cool off a bit. The next spot I anchored at I caught another three to four pound bass on my search bait (football jig) along with a couple more around three pounds each.

By now it was around 4:30 pm and the air temperature was around 99* with no breeze blowing and I was starting to feel the effect of the heat, even though I was drinking a lot of fluids and placing a wet towel on my neck. I started feeling dizzy and light headed and was a little upset at my stomach and knew these were early signs of heat stroke.

I headed back to the ramp to call it a day. By the time I got to the ramp I was feeling pretty bad and did not think I was going to be able to put my boat on the trailer. I sat in the truck with the air conditioning on max with the cold air blowing on my head to try and cool down as much as possible. I finally got the boat on the trail and made it to the house where I went inside and took a cold shower. Still not feeling too good I ate a bite drank a lot of liquids and had under a fan until i finally went to be. I feel 100% better this morning and will  make sure I do not do that again in the future!

Over all it was a great day of fishing with my best five going above 20 pounds with about 20 to 25 bass caught most in the three pound range. So heed the warnings and be careful out there on those hot summer days!

Tight Lines…….

Dave and David – Wilson Lake July 17, 2013

Check out these two limits of bass both smallmouth and largemouth caught yesterday by David Abramson and Dave on Alabama’s Wilson Lake. David told me this was the best smallmouth trip he has ever been on with smallmouth over three pounds.The first five fish limit had four smallmouth and one largemouth with the largemouth going around seven pounds. When Dave fishes he will catch five bass put them in his live-well and then weight them, have a photo taken and then release the fish back alive. Then he will repeat the process trying to get another five fish limit for round two.

Round One… (Only four fish shown)

David Abramson and Dave

Round two, this limit were all smallmouth all over three pounds.

David Abramson and Dave

Sorry Been Out of Touch Lately

If you have been to my blog lately you have probably noticed that there have not been any new posts in a while. I’ve been out of touch with work, my painting and a few other issues and have not had the time to do any posting. I think I’m about back to my normal route now and hope to be posting again on a daily basis. Thanks for understanding and see you soon.

Garmin Updates

I was on Pickwick Lake recently fishing when the Garmin boat idled by me. This was their mapping boat and looks like all you Garmin GPS unit ownes will soon be getting an updated river map of Lake Pickwick. The boat got by me before I could get out my cell phone to click a better photo of the boat.


Saxton Long – Tennessee State Champion

Saxton Long and his Dad Richard are both long time buddies of mine, Saxton recently won the Tennessee High School Championship with his partner and will be fishing the regional tournament on Georgia’s Lake Lanier for the regional title. Saxton is a fine young man and should be an example for others and his parents should be very proud of Saxton as a person. Check out this huge bass he recently caught.

Saxton Long