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    Summer is here, and it has been hot up here in E TN. Last week the wife and I did some hiking in SW VA and found 70 degree weather up at 5200ft elevation on Whitetop Mountain.
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    A nice breeze and view up there for sure.

    I have made a few trips the last couple weeks, even tried two night trips under the green lights but had little luck, catching a lot of small White Bass and just a handful of Crappie. No pics, just memories. My neighbor did cut down a dead Ash Tree, and I got a couple truck loads of nice firewood, already seasoned and ready to split.
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    That stack is 10ft Long and 6ft High. Did I mention it is hot here?

    Anyway to the fishing. I left work this afternoon in search of some deep Summertime fish, and found a few in their usual haunts. Water temps were 90 when I launched, and I even found some 91 degree bath water on the main channel. First couple stops only produced small fish, but they did bend my rod.
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    Cookie cutters that will be future keepers I hope. Bobby Garland Baits were used on 1/32 jig heads with light wire hooks. I moved to a deeper bluff area that had some shade and found a little cooler water and some better fish.
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    Today’s quarry seemed to be sitting right down on the bottom, both Blacks and Whites were home, but that is normal. Another move or two produced a couple more nice keepers, and they too were sitting right down on the bottom.
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    I got a new measuring board from Cabelas last week and put it to good use tonight. Almost a TARP, but the bite was so light I would not have know it was such a nice fish. Skeetbum from FL described a type of Crappie Bite that involves the gills flaring as they suck the bait in and a light tick is barely felt. That describes the bite tonight from these fish. Evidence follows.
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    The bait was way down in the throat, stuck in the actual esophagus/stomach and I barely felt a thing. Now remember I am using a nice piece of Japanese Graphite with a very fine diameter braided line fishing straight down with a constant tight line. Drumking mentioned this light bite last week in his great report. Slab Sauce was used, as always, and even though I did not have high hopes for the evening bite on an almost Full Moon, tonight turned out to be a good trip. 27 was the number on the counter when I left, but that included 10 little White Bass that I found stacked in with the Crappie. They were released, and 10 Crappie made the cut for the bucket picture.
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    My helper tonight eagerly waiting for eggs, but was sorely disappointed.
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    Here are the best fish of the evening, very thick and full of Shad.
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    If you do get out there, drink lots of water as it is HOT. But remember, they still have to eat, they are biting!!


    Sent from my iPhone using Crappie.com Fishing mobile app



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    Enjoyed the report.
    I assume your fishing chic.
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    Thanks for sharing both the report and pictures. Good looking fish!
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    Good report and pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pantastic View Post
    Enjoyed the report.
    I assume your fishing chic.
    I have never fished the Chic, only driven by it while traveling. I fish much further upstream, mainly Cherokee and Douglas, two lakes that are landlocked (not navigable) and make up the headwaters of the Tennessee River. Water temps are in the 90's about two weeks earlier than last year, makes me wonder what August will bring?

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    Thanks for your usual good report. We slipped out Sunday morning, but just couldn’t get on them.
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    Good Job Stan, now you have fish and fire wood for the 3 weeks of winter this season...
    My $0.02, Carry on fish people!
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    Stan, I just loved this report and pics. I agree that the fish are getting their bellies muddy. Let the jig hit bottom, and then a gentle lift/drop technique will take care of those light biters. Grin. Water temp here on the Chick when we took out at 10 was almost 87 degrees.
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    Foot trails, firewood, fishing, an fur friends! A few of my favorite things! Enjoy your post!
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    NICE. We got out some on Tuesday evening and was able to find a good spot out of the wind...same deal, fish were glued to the bottom. If the jig didn't make it to the bottom, you didn't get bit.
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