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Reports (With Clients 2008)
December 30, 2008 Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with good friend and guide assistant Chris Clark.  We had a pretty good day using jigs and crankbaits in depths of 4-8ft of water. Most of our fish came in water that had good clarity and a little current. Our best five weigh around 12lbs, with a 4.2lb big fish!
 

November 17, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Jonathan and Laura O'Neal from Murfreesboro, TN. I met the O' Neals at Fate Sanders Marina at 7am. We launched from the warm resturant into the blistering cold wind with high hopes of a great day of fishing. We started the day fishing deep for crappie with live bait. After a couple hours and a few keepers, I decided to change things a little by tieing on jiggin spoons and looking for diving seagals.  As we began to get into the river we found flocks of birds directing us to the fish.  We pulled right on top of them and lowered our spoons. The next several hours we caught over 30 white bass, hybrids and bass.  Thanks for a great trip guys. I will see you in the spring!
   

 

November 12, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Today I fished with father and son, both named Jim Wagner from Franklin, TN and Texas. Fishing for bass, we had a fair day with around a dozen fish in the boat.  We never found the size of fish that we were hoping for, but nevertheless we had a blast catching 1-2lb fish.  Most of our fish were caught on 8ft-12ft crankbaits in the mouths of creeks. Thanks for a great trip guys. See you in the spring!

November 4, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished Jack Lewis from Pearlington, MS and good friends Phil and Connie Hast from Brentwood. We met at Fate Sanders Marina at 12noon and fished until 4pm. In those four hours we landed 19 keepers! We also caught many little  fish and a few catfish. Thanks for a great trip guys!
  

November 3, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with crappie man Jerry Haglage. Fishing for what else, crappie, Jerry and I had a pretty good day.  In about 6 hrs of fishing we caught over 30 crappie with 15 keepers.  The fish seemed to be kind of skittish, we would catch one or two crappie at each tree and then they would shut off. We would go to another tree and catch one or two more and then they would shut off again.  Nevertheless, another great day of fishing with some of the most beautiful weather of the year! See ya next time Jerry!

 

November 2, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Today I fished with John Seale from Brentwood, TN.  John and I go out about once a month, and have been able to build a fun relationship throughout our trips.  Our last few trips have been kinda slow, so I was eager to have a good trip.  With the Sunday morning tournament out of Flippers Bait and Tackle over, the lake seemed empty......and what do you know, the fish were biting.  Fishing from 7am-12noon, we caught over 20 bass with our best five keepers around 11lbs!  All fish were caught on crankbaits, swimbaits, and topwater (John missed a big one in the morning)!  Thanks for another great trip John, I'll see you in a few weeks!

November 1, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Saturday I fished with father and son, Bob and Brad Wiltz.  Fishing for whatever would bite, we went out with a handful of jiggin spoons.  The first few hours we caught a bunch of yellow bass at a few different locations. It wasn't until our last spot where we really began loading the boat.  Fishing a ledge up lake, we caught tons of yellows, along with half a dozen big white bass, a few largemouths, cappie, one nice catfish, and one giant fish that unbuttoned from Brad's lure while fighting him to the boat. We are not sure what it was, but it was BIG! Thanks for another great trip guys, see you in the spring! 
 

October 30, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Thursday I fished with Will and Eddie from Nashville. Fishing for bass, we had a pretty good day.  In the morning we were able to catch a few on topwater and crankbaits. The afternoon was slow with a few bites here and there. After, lunch we went back out and had a great rest of the day. Will caught 6 bass in about 45 minutes, along with a bunch of big white bass! Thanks for a great trip guys!

October 27, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Michael and Scott from CA. This was Mike's third time out with me, and the last two trips went well.  I have to admit that this was one trip that I was a little discouraged because of the freezing temps and the 20mph wind.  When the guys told me that they wanted to catch some bass I thought, "oh Lord please help me find some fish".....hahaha.  I had a few areas that were holding bass last week, but I knew there was a high chance they would have moved because of the cold temperatures. As we pulled up to the cove to fish, I saw a few splashes on the surface and thought "thank you Lord"!  We started casting crankbaits and the fish started coming in the boat. Now, we did have to take a lot of cast, but for the day we caught around 12 bass (with two nice keepers) and 20 white bass! Thanks for another great time guys, see you in the spring!
 

 

October 23, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Michael and Ray Powers from Buffalo.  Fishing for crappie we had a great day catching over 25 fish with a few giants (including this beauty Ray is holding up in the right picture)!  We probably caught around 8 keepers and many short fish. We also caught a bunch of yellow and white bass, and half a dozen large, spotted and smallmouth bass! Thanks for a great trip guys!
 

October 22, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Wayne Stiff from Sping Hill, TN.  Wayne was wanting help finding, and catching crappie so he could go out with his sons and be successful. I took him to a few places that are easy to find and we began fishing.  In the four hours we were out, we caught over 20 fish with 7 keepers! Thanks for a great trip Wayne.

October 19, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Greg Tidwell and James Smith. Fishing for crappie we had a great day, catching over 50 fish, including 18 keepers! The crappie are still deep, but should come up in the next week or two if the cool temperatures stay. Thanks for a great trip guys!

October 14, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Brian Fernandez from Franklin, TN with brother in law Lambert Dias from India. We started the morning fishing for bass,in the shallows. We caught around 6 in the first hour, including this nice largemouth over 3lb and then the bite slowed  down.  A couple hours later we switched over to crappie and began slinging them into the boat. For the second part of the day we caught over 25 crappie with 14 keepers! Thanks for a great time guys, see you in the fall Brian!
  

October 13, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake (Two Trips)
Yesterday I had two trips. My first trip was with Jerry Haglage. We fished from 6:30am to 12:30pm and had 23 keepers! All fish were caught between 14ft-20ft on minnows. Thanks for another great time Hagman!


My second trip was with John and Felicia Devalk from Springfield, TN. Fishing for crappie, we had a great back to back trip.  In the 4 hours that we fished, we and had another 13 keepers.  Thanks for a great time guys!

October 10, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Ron and Scott Probasco from Nashville. Fishing for crappie, we also had a great morning with 14 keepers in 4hrs. We did manage to catch a few fish shallow, but most of them came in 13-19ft.  Many of the keepers were in the 11-12" range, it appears that the better fish are starting to bite more consistently!

October 9, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I  fished with Jason, Hunter and Brian from Nashville. Fishing for crappie, we had a great day with 25 keepers and many other short fish.  Most of our fish were caught in deep water with live bait. Thanks for a great trip guys, Hunter you did a great job!

October 6, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Robert Lankford, from Gallatin, TN. This was Robert's third time out with me. Fishing for crappie, we had a great afternoon with over 35 crappie, and 24 keepers! Out of the 24, we only had three that were 10", the rest were rest were between 11"-13".....A LOT OF BIG CRAPPIE. Half of the fish were caught in 8-9ft of water and the rest were caught in 13ft- 7ft of water, on live bait. Thanks for a great trip Robert, I had a blast!

October 4, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Today I fished with Jeff and Ben Doster. Fishing for bass, we had a good day one the lake with half a dozen fish.  We started in the steam plant where Ben caught this beautiful white bass, and dad caught his biggest largemouth. We had many bites throughout the day, boating most of them.  Ben you did a great job fighting your fish and learning the learn tactics I showed you......keep up the good work!

 

October 3, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Jim and Beverly Small from Nashville. Fishing for crappie, we had a exciting day with bites everywhere we went.  We fished in 4-8ft of water for most of the trip and then jumped to a deeper location where  Jim caught a crappie I will never forget.  Altogether we caught 15 crappie with around a dozen keepers, but the highlight of the trip was when Jim caught this 14.5" crappie that weighed in at 2.3lbs!  What a crappie, I have caught many just under 2lbs but never one over. Congratulations Jim!!!!!

September 31, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Tuesday I fished with John, Jason and Tyler Allen from Murfreesboro and Colorado.  Fishing for crappie the first half of the day, we found little activity in 14-18ft.  After fishing deep trees with little success, we switch over to shallow trees in 8ft and started catching fish. The crappie are on the move into the their fall patter and the next 6-8 weeks should be good fishing!. After crappie fishing for a while we thought we would try our luck with bass.  We caught 10-12 on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swimbaits, but none with any real size. Thanks for a great trip guys!

September 18, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Last night I fished  with Dale Smith from Tampa, FL. Fishing for bass, we had success on crankbaits and worms. After fishing for an hour in deep water, we moved to flats, shallow coves and started getting bites. For the night, we caught around 10 fish with two nice keepers! Thanks for a great trip Dale, hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Nashville.

 

September 14, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Sunday I fished with Jerry Neenan from Knoxville, TN. At 5am we contacted each other and decided to set sail and give it our best try with the high winds. I have to admit it was the windiest I have ever fished in, but we were still able to get many bites. We tried our best to fish in areas that were protected, but no matter where you fished you could not completely escape the wind.  For the four hours we fished, we caught around 15 - 20 crappie and mixed bags of everything else in the lake.  We had half a dozen keepers with many small crappie.  Thanks for a great time Jerry, I will see you in the spring!

September 13, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Saturday I fished with Greg and Amy Vinet. Greg is from Maryland, visiting his daughter that goes to Vanderbelt. Fishing for crappie, we had a pretty good afternoon with around 10 keepers and many other bites. Towards the end of the trip we fished for bass with topwater lures and had no success.  Thanks for a great trip guys, I was glad that you had a wonderful time! See you next time!
  


September 12, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Friday I fished with Jim and Beverly Small. Fishing for crappie, we had a tough afternoon with a couple dozen bites and a few keepers. Fishing out of a pontoon, the wind played a big factor in our trip, making it hard to sit still.  Nevertheless, we had a great time, and Beverly was able to catch this nice crappie! Thanks guys, see you next week!
 


September 1, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Nelson and Beth Turner from Nashville, TN. Fishing for bass in the morning, we had a pretty slow start with a few bites with not much size.  After two hours, we switched over to crappie for them to take home. The crappie was also tough, but we were able to catch a handful of keepers, including a nice catfish that Beth caught. Thanks for a great trip guys!
 

August 31, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
After fishing Flippers tournament (only had one keeper and a few shorts...tough...frustrating after the last few mornings we had) with client John Seale, I had another trip with father and son Jeff and Larry Harrow.  Starting with bass, we caught few little ones here and there. Later, Jeff caught a huge catfish on a crankbait. For the day, it was pretty tough but nevertheless we had a great time. Good to see you again Jeff, take care! Here is a picture of  the Harrows, we accidently through back fish before taking a picture. 

August 30, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Saturday I fished with Charlie Smith and father-in-law, David.  Fishing for bass, we had a pretty good morning fishing with topwater in the shallows. We probably had around 10-12 bites with most of them making into the boat. The highlight of the morning was the 3lb that Charlie caught! Thanks for great time guys!
 

August 28, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Yesterday I fished with Jack Goldsmith from Lebanon, TN. Fishing for bass we had a great morning with over 12 fish, including 4 keepers! Most of our fish came on topwater in the morning and then worms and cranks in the day. Thanks for a great trip Jack (forgive him for holding the fish out that far.....haha)!

August 23, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake (Two Trips)
Saturday BCGS had two trips! My trip was with Mark and David Blakeman from Nashville and southern GA. Fishing for bass, we had a great morning with around 10 bass and many more bites! We managed to catch these fish on a variety of lures including crankbaits, topwater, softplastics and jigs. Thanks for a great time guys, see you in the fall!

BCGS's second trip was guided by Billy Harris:
Saturday I took Ralph and Bud Hedrix from Peachtree City, GA out of Fate Sanders around 6:15 heading to find some crappie fishing.  He was up from Georgia visiting his son, who is in a youth ministry in McMinnville.  The day started off fairly slow but we managed to find some fish on 15ft brush piles around the lake.  For the day we caught 20+ crappie with 8 keepers, 2 bluegills and 2 channel catfish. Thanks for the great time and fellowship.....Billy

August 19, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with 6 great guys from Hendersonville on a men's retreat!  Fishing for crappie, it was a little slower than the last few trips. Starting at 3pm and fishing until 7:15pm, we had 20 keepers, one nice bass, and many short fish. Thanks for a great time on the water guys, I enjoyed our conversations and fellowship.
  

August 18, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Yesterday I fished with a group of guys that were in Nashville for a Texas Gas annual meeting. This was their second year out with me. Fishing for bass from 2pm-6pm, we had a great trip, with around 20 bass with 9 keepers. All fish were caught on soft plastics and topwater. Thanks for a great trip guys, see you next year!

August 15, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake (Two Trips)
Today I had two trips! The first trip was with Wayne Kruse and daughter Mahgen Greer.  This was their second trip with me and today we were able to create another great memory. Fishing we crappie, we caught fish throughout the morning, leaving us with 18 keepers, and many short crappie.  The highlight of the morning was when Mahgen landed this huge 4lb bass, with 6lb line, on a 5ft crappie rod!  I had a another great time with you guys and look forward to next trip!   "Jerry, the "A" game was brought, and the bar has been reset.  Hope you enjoy the silver medal!" haha Wayne
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My second trip was with Robert Lankford, from Gallatin, TN. This was Roberts second time out with me. Fishing for crappie, we had a great afternoon with over 30 crappie, and 21 keepers!  All fish were caught in 13ft- 23ft of water, on live bait. Thanks for a great trip Robert, I look forward to our fall trip!  (Robert will be posting his boat on the forum, I want to take this time to express that anyone can post boats, or equipment on the forum as well).

August 14, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Ed and Lee Spickard from Smyrna, TN. Fishing for bass in the morning, we had little luck with one or two bites on topwater. Soon after, we switched over to crappie and began reeling them in!  It was a little slower today, but we managed to catch around 25 crappie (didn't use the clicker today) with 13 keepers. Thanks for a great trip, I will see you in the fall!

August 13, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Jerry Haglage from Nashville. Fishing for crappie (what else does Jerry fish for?),  we had another great trip. According to our crappie clicker, we caught 62 crappie and had 36 keepers us. We fished with live bait from 13-20ft if water. The fish seemed to bite at every tree, some just more than others.  Thanks for another great trip Jerry!
 

August 11, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Today I fished with Matt and Emily Plunkett from Nashville, TN. Fishing for bass, we had an awesome morning!  We caught around 20 bass with 5 or 6 keepers for around 10.5lbs.  All fish came on soft plastics in 10-12ft of water. Thanks for a great trip guys, I really enjoyed our conversations!
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August 8, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Friday I fished with Bob and Sally Buck from Sugar Land, TX. Fishing for crappie, we had a very active morning. Everywhere we fished, we caught at least a few, and some areas more than others.  For the day we ended with 14 keepers, and one bass that Sally caught! Thanks for a great trip!
  

 

August 5, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Jerry Frantz from Franklin, TN. Fishing for crappie, we found that today was much better than yesterday. Some trees we caught 1-2, and others 6-8. All fish were caught on minnows in 12-22ft of water. Our total catch was 16 keepers, with 5 of those being between 12"-14"!  Jerry is one fish catching machine that wanted to express to friend Wayne "you better bring your "A" game"! Thanks for a great trip Jerry.
  

August 4, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake (Two trips)
Today I fished with Kyle and Sabin from Murfreesboro, TN. We started the morning with topwater plugs, in hopes for a big bass. After an hour and two little fish, we decided in was time to switch over to crappie. The crappie were a little slower today. We fished three trees, and had 12 fish, with 6 keepers. You did a great job today Sabin, thanks for a great trip!

Also this morning, Mark Pack guided Mike Smith and Kevin Stone from Hermitage, TN. Fishing for crappie,they had the same results. For some reason the crappie would play with the bait but not take it, hopefully they will be back to eating tomorrow. They were able to catch a bunch of yellow bass, one nice stripe and a few catfish. Hope you guys had a great time, see you in the spring!

August 1, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with 1st Sargent Bass, his daughter, and Major Roche from the Marines. Fishing for crappie, we had bites all day. Some spots were better than others, but nevertheless we swung tons of crappie into the boat. For the day we ended with 33 keepers! All fish came on minnows in 12-25ft of water. Thanks for a great trip guys!

July 31, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Yesterday I fished with Jack Goldsmith from Mt. Juliet. Fishing for bass, we had a slow day. With the rain and clouds, we were able to catch a few small ones on topwater, but none with any size. Later in the day we caught a few on worms, crankbaits and topwater again. Here is the largest fish Jack caught (not a real big picture guy) that was caught in 3ft of water on a crankbait. Thanks for a great trip Jack!

July 29, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Rob, Elane and Chase Wilcox from Petersburg, TN. Fishing for crappie, we had a great day with tons of action. Chase reeled in one after another, leaving us with 19 keepers! Thanks for another great trip guys, I had a wonderful time with you!

July 27, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday evening I fished with Mike Labine from Mokena, IL.  Fishing for bass we had a good evening, our best four would have gone 10.5lbs. All fish we caught on slow baits on ledges and drops. Thanks for a great time Mike, I will see you next year!
  

July 26, 2008 - Precy Priest Lake
Saturday I fished with Jerry Haglage. We have had a great last few trip, and this time was even better! I told Jerry that I we need to stop raising the bar because he is putting the pressure on me every time we go out. Fishing from 6am-1pm we caught 67 crappie and 41 keepers (this is our new record together). Jerry, what can I say, another memorable trip, see you next time!   I apologize for no picture, I know it sounds like a fishermans lie, but my camera broke the night before. 

July 24, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Today I fished with Kaleb Bouvier Schatz from Michigan. Fishing for bass we had an awesome day in the steam plant.  We probably caught over 40 bass! Most of them were caught on soft plastics but, a few came on a jig.  Along with the bass, Kaleb caught a nice white bass, drum, and a huge 47" gar....what an experience! Thanks for a great time on the water today Kaleb, I had a great time. See you next year!
   

July 23, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Yesturday I fished with Jamie, Donna and Alex from San Rafael, CA. Fishing for bass we had a great morning casting topwater and soft plastics. Alex is one of the most educated and skilled 15 years olds I think I have every fished with. He knew more than I did when it came to tackle and information on the pros. For the day, we caught around 20 bass, with one nice 4lb.  I had a great time with all of you, and hope you enjoyed your stay in Nashville! Keep up the good work Alex! 

July 21, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Tuesday I fished with David Stevenson, from Nashville.  David is the lead singer for a new rock band based out of Nashville, called Manic Bloom.  The band is a collection of five very talented christain guys, from different parts of the country! David gave me one of their cd's and I would not be lying if I said I have already listened to it 20  times!  You can check out their music at www.manicbloom.com. As for the fishing, David and I went out and caught 15 crappie, with a few nice ones. After we caught dinner, we tried topwater for bass and did not have much luck. David, I had a great time with you and wish Manic Bloom the best of luck...I will see you at your next show!

 

July 16, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesturday I fished with my number one crappie client, Jerry Haglage, or as they call him at work "Hagman".  Everytime Jerry and I hit the water, another memory is made, and today one of our best memories ever. Fishing from 7am-12pm, we caught 70 crappie with 38 keepers! I know exactly what we caught because Jerry bought me a crappie clicker for every fish that we caught.....what a great idea!  The crappie are on fire for BCGS, so now is the time to book your next trip! Once again Jerry, I had a great time!
     

July 15, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Ron and Joan Marotte from Sartell, MN. Fishing a half day for crappie, we had another great day. The crappie were in brushpiles from 13ft - 20ft, caught on minnows. Once again, the morning was really great, and then around 11am it got quiet. I had a blast with this couple and hope they come to visit me again. Thanks for a great day on the water, I hope the conference goes well!

July 14, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Mark Ballard from Chicago and friend Peter from Franklin. Fishing for crappie, we had an awesome day! I should say we had an awesome morning. The first 3 hours of the day we caught over 35 crappie, with around 28 keepers. The morning bite appears to be really good, and then around 11am it shuts down. The remaining of the day was slow, we caught one here and there, finishing the day with 31 keepers! Below is Mark and I holding the fish....Peter is not a big camera guy:) Thanks for another great trip guys. See you if a couple weeks Peter!

July 8, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday evening I fished with Frank Hutton and Phil Williams. This was our second time out, and this time they wanted to fish deep ledges and drops.  We fishing four areas, and only found fish holding on one spot. There we caught around 8 fish, with 2 keepers, on 7"-10" worms.  Here is Frank with his two best fish! Thanks for a grea time guys!
  

July 7, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Les and Jolie Charles from OR. Fishing for bass in the morning, we found ourselves doing a lot of searching. We found tons of bass on flats, but could not get many to bite. After 2 hours and 3 bass, we switched over to crappie began to wear them out. For the remaining of the trip we caught around 25, with 12 keepers. We also had a few nice crappie that were 12.5" that both Les and Jolie caught. Thanks for a great trip guys, I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation on Nashville!
   

July 6, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
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esterday I fished with Steve and Adams McDavid from Oxford, MS. Fishing for crappie, we had another very active day with well over 25 crappie with around 15 keepers. Here in our biggest four keepers in the 12"- 13" range! Thanks for a great trip guys!


July 5, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Saturday I fished with Mr. and Mrs. Kloock from Nashville. We started the day at 5:00am, and began catching a few bass on topwater that were schooling on shallow flats. After a few hours, and around 8 bass, we switched over to crappie. The crappie were very active! We had one area, that we fished most of the morning with bites coming in left and right.  We also had one nice catfish that made the day! All crappie were in brushpiles in 14ft - 20ft, caught on minnows. Thanks for a great trip guys, I had a wonderful time! 
     


July 1, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Clarence and Reece Bennett from Brentwood, TN. We started the morning trying to catch bass on topwater, but did not have any success. After a couple hours we switched over to crappie fishing, and started swinging them into the boat!  Reece did a great job watching the rod bounce up and down and then setting the hook. I dropped them off around 11am with one nice catfish, and 8 keeper crappie! Thanks for a great trip guys, see you in a few months!
  

 

June 30, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Jerry Haglage, from Nashville. Fishing for crappie, we had a morning that I will never forget. At our first spot, we caught over 30 crappie in 30 minutes!  Out of the 30, we had 16 keepers, before the wind blew us off our spot. The next several hours were tough, trying to fight the wind, but we still managed to catch 45 for the day with 22 keepers!  All crappie were caught with minnows in 13-20ft of water.

June 20, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Steve and Matt Kubicek from Nashville.  Fishing for bass during the low light hours of the morning, we had 6 bites on topwater. Our best was the 2.10oz shown below, which Matt caught on a popper!  After the sun rose, we switch to crappie for the remaining of the day. For the next 2.5hrs we caught over 30 crappie with 19 keepers!  Most trees are hold crappie, but there are a few trees they are concentrating in so thick, that you can sit in one spot and wear them out! Thanks for a great day guys! I look forward to our next trip later in the year!
    

 

June 19, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Al and Turner Strayhorn. Al lives here in Middle TN and Turner is visiting from NC.  We started the morning fishing for bass, our lure of choice was topwater. Within the first 5 minutes Al caught this nice beauty on a popper!  The next hour we caught 5 more, some of them came off drops with worms.  Then we switched over to crappie and start swinging them over the railing.  At our first tree, you could drop your line down and count to 10 and you would have a crappie on your line. We caught around 20 or so there and then started bouncing around from tree to tree. We did not get as many bites at the other trees but most of the fish were 13' - 15"!  This year I have caught more fish in that length range than any year pervious. For the day we caught around 35 and took home 15. Thanks for a great trip guys, hope you enjoy the rest of your summer Turner!
   

June 18, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Mr. and Mrs. Wardlaw from Gladewater, TX. The first half of the day we fished for crappie.  The fish were fairly acive with bites at every tree (some more than others).  I believe we caught around 18, with 10 keepers!  After lunch, we decided to fish for bass. The bass fishing was a little slower, but we had a few bites here and there on worms and crankbaits. Most of the fish were small but still fun to catch. Thanks for a great trip guys; I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay!

June 16, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Jerry Haglage from Nashville. Fishing for crappie from 7:30am - 1:30pm, we boated over 35 crappie with 22 keepers! This is one of the first big stringers since the weather has become really hot, which gives me the confidence to announce that summer crappie fishing is now here! The deep 15ft - 25ft trees are holding large concentrations of crappie,and they are eager to bite when presented with a jig or minnow.  Thanks for another great trip Jerry......this was another trip we can add to the album!

June 13, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Jeff, Scott and Matt Tooney. Fishing for bass, we started the day with jigs and worms, and had a few right off the bat. The next few hours we caught one here and there (including a 5lb), but never really got on any active fish. At the tail end for the trip we caught around a dozen fish with a few in the 2.5lb - 3.5lb range! Thanks for a great time guys, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend here!

June 12, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Frank Hutton and Phil Williams. Fishing for bass, we had a pretty good morning with 10-12 bass. Most of our fish were caught on worms and crankbaits in shallow water.  We tried topwater in the morning, but had little success. Thanks for a great trip guys, I look forward to our next one in July!

June 7, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Neil and Drew Collins. This was their third time out, and a birthday trip for Drew. Fishing for crappie in the morning, we caught around a dozen or so before we eagerly switching over bass. Drew has some new lures that we wanted to try out (topwater), so we searched around for some schooling bass, feeding on shad.  We quickly found them, but could not get them to bite. For the next few hours ,we fished hard with few bites until we got on a flat, and was able to catch some with crankbaits. Thanks for another great time guys, see you later in the summer! Happy Birthday Drew!
  

June 5, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with  John Creviston, from Banning, CA.  Today was one of the toughest days I have had in the last month. The wind was very fierce, limiting a lot of areas I like to fish, and the bass were not aggressive as they have been.  Although the lake is flooded into the shoreline, the shallow bite was quiet, and if you moved out into deeper water, it was too rough.  For the day we had 12 fish, 8 in the boat.  All fish were caught on worms, jigs and crankbaits. Thanks for a great time John, see you next year!

June 4, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with one of my most frequent clients and good friend, Jerry Haglage. Like always, our hunt for the day was crappie.  We knew the wind was going to try to blow us off the lake, but we accepted the challenge and headed for some great spots.  Our location options were rather limited, but we managed to stay out of the wind for most of the day.  Fishing with minnows, we caught over 30 crappie with 15 keepers (including 5 that were 13" and 2 in that were 14"+ range).  Thanks for another great trip, Jerry! Like always, I enjoyed the time spent together.

June 3, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Liz, Jason and David from Franklin, TN. Fishing for crappie and bass from 3:30pm until dark, we caught around 10-12 crappie, with 5 keepers and a few little bass on topwater. This wind was pretty rough on us, keeping us off our best trees. Thanks for a great trip guys, I look forward to our next trip in a few weeks!

May 25, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with Josh and Jill Berg to be! Fishing for crappie, we fished 15 - 25ft brushpiles with minnows.  The crappie bite has been picking up in deeper water, and will be real active in another week or two.  As for our trip today, we caught around 15 crappie with 5 keepers. We probably would have caught more, but we decided to stay in a few areas and catch hybrids. Jill had the biggest hybrid at 7lbs! Thanks for another great trip guys, congratulations on the engagement!
  

May 24, 2008 - Old Hickory Lake
Yesterday I fished with John Savickas from Wood Dale, IL and James Nuques from Nashville. Fishing for bass, we caught around 15 with a few small keepers
. All fish were caught on worms, jigs, crankbait, poppers and buzzbaits. Thanks for a great time guys! I look forward to getting out with you John in a couple weeks! 

May 22, 2008 - Percy Priest
Today I fished with another group of five guys that serve our country in the armed forces. Fishing for bass, we had another great day with at least fish 50 fish for the two boats! We did manage to catch a few bigger fish today, as we fished a little deeper. All fish were caught on jigs and worms. Thanks for a great time guys, and from all of us BCGS, thank you for your service to our country.

 

May 21, 2008 - Percy Priest
Today Jimmy Scott and I fished with five great guys that are members of our armed forces. Fishing for bass we had a great day! Between the two boats, we caught over 50 fish! We only had a few that were big, but a ton in the 1-2lb range. All fish were caught on jigs, worms and crankbaits. Thanks for a great time guys!

 

May 13, 2008 - Old Hickory
Today I fished with Pete and Beth Thevenot from Nashville. This was our third trip this year and every time we have caught good numbers and size fish. Today we caught 15-20 bass with a 4lb, 3lb, a few 2 pounders and many little ones. Most of the fish we caught were shallow, but we did have a few in the 8-10ft range. With the high winds, worms, jigs did the trick. We also caught a few on topwater when we fished calm pockets. Thanks for another wonderful time guys, I look forward to our next trip in June!

 

May 12, 2008 - Percy Priest
Today I fished with Travis, Corey and Craig from middle TN. Fishing for bass from noon - 4:30pm, we caught 15 with a few good keepers. All fish were caught on jigs, worms and topwater. This is a really fun time of the year to fish, tons of fish are up shallow and every few little fish you get a good one! Thanks for a great time guys!

 

May 12, 2008 - Old Hickory
Today I fished with Bruce and Shelia Boyd, from Murfreesboro. Today was Bruce's birthday, so he decided what better way to spend his day fishing with is wife, away from work, enjoying God's creations. Fishing for crappie, we had a slow first few hours, a few here and there. With most of the crappie out of the shallows and the water temperature still were into the 80's (were we need it to be), the deep pattern I like to fish all summer has not yet kicked in. The fish are in transition, and it is difficult to find active fish. After we fished for crappie for a while we trolled with crankbaits for anything, finding a few nice bass. For the last hour of the day we tried a few shallow trees with minnows and caught 3-4 keepers. Thanks for a great trip guys, Happy Birthday Bruce!

 

May 8, 2008 - Old Hickory
All last week I brim, and cat fished with Harry Michaels from PA. On Thursday we had a few nice catfish fishing the Gallatin steam plant. We also caught a bunch of big bluegills on minnows as well, perfect eating size. Thanks for a fun week Harry, I will see you next year!

 

May 5, 2008 - Old Hickory
Today I fished with Harry Michaels, from PA. Fishing for bass, we caught 20 fish in deep, and shallow water on worms, jigs, and spinnerbaits. Thanks for a great time Harry, look forward to our next trip!

 

May 4, 2008 - Old Hickory and Percy Priest
Today I had two trips! My first trip was at Old Hickory with John Seale. I have been teaching John, bass techniques for two years now, and he is becoming quite the angler. Fishing in 3-6ft with soft plastic, John and I boated 17 bass! Thanks for another great trip John, I look forward to our next trip in June....be prepared for deep fishing!


My next trip was at Percy Priest with Gary and Tyler Thompson, from Franklin, TN. We started the afternoon trolling for crappie and hybrid. After our first hour we had a few fish, including a 3lb hybrid and a nice crappie. After trolling, we headed to some of my crappie spots and boated 4 more keepers and a handful of short ones. Thanks for a great trip guys. You did a great job Tyler!

 

May 3, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Yesterday I fished with Bob, Robby and Bill Good From Franklin, TN. This was there second time out this year. We started the day fishing for crappie, but after an hour, the bite was too slow and the wind was high, so we decided to head up lake where we have caught some fish trolling crankbaits. Once we arrived we caught a fish on our first pass, and then stayed there for 3 hours. We probably caught 15-20 hybrids, white bass, largemouths and one drum and crappie. Our best fish were the hybrids, we had half a dozen weighing in at 3lb and 5lbs. Thanks for a great time guys, you did an awesome job! Hope you hands feel better today:)

 

May 2, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I fished with 7 high school friends from Chicago. Fishing in three boats with guides, Billy Harris, Jimmy Scott and myself, we headed out for a fun competitive day. The fishing was good, in between banking the boats from the storm! We fished for 6 hours and caught around 40 bass between us. Multiple good keepers were caught and tons of fish between 1-2lbs. At the dock, it appeared that many lures worked. Most came on soft plastic and jigs but my boat caught a few on crankbaits and topwater. Thanks for a great trip guys! I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Nashville and come see us again. Thanks again, from the BCGS team!

 

May 1, 2008 - Percy Priest Lake
Today I had two trips. My first trip was with Gary Hamman (song writer for country music stars), Ron Harbin Sr. (country music writer) and son, Ron Harbin Jr (does production for television). With the HIGH winds, we had limited fishing areas, but we still managed to catch fish throughout the day. In the morning we started crappie fishing, catching a few here and there, but not many and not much size, halfway through the day we started trolling for crappie and got into a bunch of feeding fish....hybrids, bass and crappie. Guys, I had a great time with you and wish you the best of luck on Music Row!

My second trip was with Nancy and Bob from Ohio. Fishing for bass we had a great evening, catching 21 bass with a few keepers. All fish were caught on soft plastic, jigs, crankbaits and topwater. Thanks for wonderful evening and safe travel home!

 

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