Monthly Archives: May 2014

Jimmy Dowdy – 10.07 Pickwick Hawg

A fishing friend of mine Jimmy Dowdy sent me this photo of a 10.07 pound largemouth hawg he caught recently out of Pickwick Lake on an old Wedge Hawg lure.

Jimmy Dowdy - 10.07 largemouth out of Pickwick Lake.

Jimmy Dowdy – 10.07 largemouth out of Pickwick Lake.

 

Fish Photos – John Manor

Here are a few photos send me of some nice fish he caught this spring.

John Manor Spring 2014

John Manor Spring 2014

John Manor Spring 2014

John Manor Spring 2014

John Manor Spring 2014

John Manor Spring 2014

John Manor Spring 2014

John Manor Spring 2014

Fish Photo – Gary Lanier

Check out this huge 8.14 pound bass that I received of Gary Lanier recently. Caught the bass while fishing with friend Danny Montgomery on Pickwick Lake. Nice bass Gary

Gary Lanier

Gary Lanier

Fish Photo – Joel Scott

Fellow co-worker and friend Joel Scott recently sent me this photo of a nice Pickwick Lake ledge bass he caught on a football jig. Nice fish Joel keep them coming…

Joel Scott

Joel Scott

Delta Mariner

I had a chance to see the massive ship on Pickwick Lake on a recent fishing trip. The ship was the Delta Mariner and from what i understand it is used to transport the massive NASA rocket engines from Huntsville, Alabama to Houston, Texas about a four week trip. the back end of the ship is one large drop down door.

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Fish Photos – Carson Davis

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and helping Carson Davis pick out a new fishing outfit at Gander Mountain. Alter learning what species he was going after we picked out a few lures line and a rod and reel for him. That afternoon he send me a photo of the first fish he had ever caught. Remember the size of the fish does not matter as long as the objective is having fun doing it. Nice fish and enjoyed chatting with you Carson, keep the photos coming. Btw he was fishing with his fried Donnie and Donnie’s son.

Carson Davis

Carson Davis

How to fillet a Sunfish

I love to catch and to eat Bluegill, shellcrackers and other of the sunfish species. One problem with these fish is usually their size. I like the fillets but because they are so small you just don’t get much meat off the fish. I learned through trying different ways to clean these fish now only use the following method.

After you have the fish filleted wash the fillet good and now you can start the cooking process. I pre-heat my oil to around 375* then place the fillets in a zip lock bag filled with corn meal. Let them stand for a few minutes before placing in the pre-heated oil. Cook the whole fillet for 3 minutes. when you are ready to eat them stand the fillets up on your plate, take a fork and starting from where the top fin was pull the meat off the fillet and you will end up with a piece of fish without any bones.

the first step is to scale the fish. Lay the fish on it's side and take a standard knife and scrape towards the head starting at the tail.

The first step is to scale the fish. Lay the fish on it’s side and take a standard knife and scrape towards the head starting at the tail.

I use an electric knife to do the rest of the work. Slice off the tail straight down with the knife.

I use an electric knife to do the rest of the work. Slice off the tail straight down with the knife.

Now slice off the head right behind the gill plate.

Now slice off the head right behind the gill plate.

Now stand the fillet on it's end and slice off the bottom fin.

Now stand the fillet on it’s end and slice off the bottom fin.

Now slice off the top fin and now you are finished with the cleaning process.

Now slice off the top fin and now you are finished with the cleaning process.

 

 

 

 

BER Sponsored – LBAA – Amelia Ellis Shelton

Amelia Ellis Shelton sponsored by BER Custom Lure Painting recently placed fourth in her first tournament in the Lady Bass Anglers Association on Tennessee’s Ole Hickory Lake. Amelia was in second place following the first day of fishing but finished in fourth place. She is also leading the Rookie of the Year standings. Congratulation Amelia on a great tournament.

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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.

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