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Catch date:4/30/2016 2:58:00 PM

Story date:4/30/2016 5:56:00 PM

Location:Athens AL

Species:Buffalo Fish

Went out and did some ultra light and fly fishing today. Caught 7 fish 2 bass,2bluegill, 1 channel cat and 1 juvenile Buffalo (pictured). Buffalo are a fresh water sucker fish. I have never seen or caught one this small.

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Catch date:4/20/2016 7:41:00 PM

Story date:4/23/2016 12:14:00 AM

Location:Athens AL

Species:Skunked

I got off work on Wednesday and decided it was to pretty of a day to sit at the house. I decided to go bank fishing and take my dog (Rio). He is my duck dog/best friend and we do share alot of activities. I figured he loves going out to the river and hunting so surely he will love it....I was proven wrong shortly after my great idea.

So we get there and I just let him run around and play (while staying close). I figured I would just throw an old bobber and hook to pass the time. I made my first cast and I see my dog make a beeline for the water (going to get it). I made him stop when he got to the bank and made him heel and sit. Went to make another cast and he started looking at me then whimpering when he heard it hit the water. I ended up having to make him sit on the tailgate while I fished.

The lesson learned is do not take a retriever fishing and expect him not to retrieve.lol

YakAttack

Jimmy

Apr 23 2016

Best friend? Watch what you say; your wife may read this story! lol

Catch date:3/11/2016 11:27:00 AM

Story date:3/15/2016 11:25:00 AM

Location:Guntersville AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

So the first tournament of the year is in the books. It did not go near as well as I had hoped, but I went out there and fished hard.

During the prefish I was having to shake fish after catching 4 or 5 in just a few hours. I thought surely this is a great sign. I was getting most of my fish off a spro frog throwing it in grass. The fish were definitely in prespawn and had moved shallow.

Tournament day: After the captains meeting I went straight to my first spot to fish. I was very optimistic and felt confident that I would be culling fish before lunch. It played out much diffrent. I lost a total of 10 fish to short bite and spitting the hook on the retrieve. Ended up with one fish that made it in the boat for submission. I finished the day 54 out of 90 boats. This is not where I wanted to finish, but had a good time.

I have some very exciting news in my next post to share with everyone. Stay tuned for details as it unfolds.

YakAttack

Catch date:2/6/2016 12:38:00 PM

Story date:2/6/2016 9:06:00 PM

Location:Rogersville AL

Species:Bass, Smallmouth

I was proud to see my friend catch his first small mouth today. I must say this was a great first and a gorgeous fish.

It was caught on a small square bill crank bait with a diving depth of about 2ft.

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Catch date:2/6/2016 6:27:00 PM

Story date:2/6/2016 8:57:00 PM

Location:Rogersville AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

A good friend of mine wanted to fish today and has been interested in kayaks. I told him if he does not mind fishing out of a pink kayak we would go this morning. I had been planning practice fishing Wheller lake for a tournament in April. Being a true outdoorsman the color of the kayak was of no concern to him.

We went out this morning in 30 degrees....I realized when I got to the ramp I ran out of the house in flip flops with socks on. Any other (warmer) day it would have been fine, but it was freezing. I was up and we were already there so I had to tuff it out.

The water was medium clarity with some staining for the rain 2 days earlier, but the heavy sediment had settled. Today we caught quality and not quanity. The best for me of the day was a 5 1/2 lb large mouth. While my friend on the other hand caught a 4lb small mouth. Both fish were caught while fishing the middle of the water column. Both fish were suspended in about 7-10ft of water and off of rock points. I am planning a trip back to wheeler for small mouth in specific this week. I hope they are still holding rock points when I get back.

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Catch date:2/3/2016 6:41:00 PM

Story date:2/3/2016 7:07:00 PM

Location:Gatlinburg TN

Species:Trout, Rainbow

Had to post a picture of the biggest trout and my new personal best. This fish is a 17 inch Rainbow trout. The total stringer for the day is listed below.

5 fish total:
2 x 10 inch
1 x 12 inch
1 x 15 inch
1 x 17 inch

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Catch date:2/3/2016 6:42:00 PM

Story date:2/3/2016 6:59:00 PM

Location:Gatlinburg TN

Species:Trout, Rainbow

Success!!! I got to fish for half a day on vacation and I caught some trout. I talked to a local girl at a tackle shop and she helped me with my tackle, line, fishing laws and boundaries (very odd rules/laws in the area).

I hit the local creek with my new found knowledge and tackle to try and catch some fish! It was only about 5 cast in I caught my first trout. Then with in the next 2hrs I caught 4 more trout. I had a blast getting out and enjoying the Smokey Mountain streams.

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Catch date:10/16/2015 7:03:00 PM

Story date:10/16/2015 9:17:00 PM

Location:Lester AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

Got to go out and fish for about 30 mins after work and got one. The cold weather is the start of good fishing here in Alabama. The bass are moving shallow to feed. I look forward to posting some big fish soon.

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Catch date:10/10/2015 2:28:00 PM

Story date:10/11/2015 10:32:00 PM

Location:Wetumpka AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

River Bassin Coosa River Tournament:

This weekend I fished a moving water tournament in Wetumpka, AL on the renowned and treasured Coosa river water shed. The river runs the entire length of Alabama and is known for its diverse habitat, white water rapids and the notorious Alabama Spotted Bass! The spotted bass is what brought us to this location.

We arrived in Wetumpka on Friday morning to pre fish the tournament and do a dry run down our planned 6 mile float. We arrived at our put in location at 9 am and put in at the Jordan hydro electric dam. We launched in the tail waters after having to stand and soak in the beauty of the area for a few. We then met up with another North Alabama team that was fishing the tournament. We then decided to stick together for safety for our first dry run. This later became clear to us that we made the right choice. The section of the river we ran has class 2 and class 3 rapids and prominent rock structure below and above the surface. We fished our way down about 1.5 miles to our first rapid and it became apparent that the rapids were greater than any we had encountered before. We all made it through the first set with no issues. The 2nd, 3rd.....and 4th we were not so lucky. Two of our 5 angler that day flipped their kayaks in the rapids multiple times. Multiple items were lost to the river, but one was hurt pretty bad. When he flipped the current pushed him under his kayak and pinned him against the rocks....he broke free after 10 -15 secs that seemed like 2 hrs. The ride was not over for him yet, another one of the anglers was already in the rapids coming down and was unable to stop and ran him over with his kayak pushing him back under water and separating him for his kayak. The angler was wrapped in fishing line, rods and gear leashes. He ended up injured and not able to fish the next day and had to leave.

The day of the tournament started like clock work as we had planned. We put in at day break and started fishing. We were also surprised to see that Eric Jackson the owner at Jackson Kayaks was also fishing the tournament with us. About 45 mins into the tournament I hook up with my first fish....I was excited till about 10 sec into the fight I noticed the fish felt odd and was very fast. The fish arrived at my boat and out of the water jumps a 3 ft gar that tail walked across the front of my kayak. I pulled the fish to the other side of my kayak and shook it off so I did not have to put him in the boat with me and risk being bit. The rest of the day was very slow, the current was fast and the fish were hard to locate. The fish were not in the same spots as the day before. I did manage to land a 13.5inch alabama spotted bass to put me on the board a little after lunch. We were about 3.5miles down our 6 mile float with only one fish to show for it.....I was growing concerned, but kept fishing hard despite the set back.

We arrived at one of the largest rapids on our trip. With me having been down them all before my confidence has grown and I was not as worried, but still cautious. I made it about half way down when a swirl of current right before a 2 ft tall roller wave caught me on a rock below the surface. Once I was I hit the rock I knew I was in trouble. It turned my kayak side ways so I started to try and self right with my paddle. I was unsuccessful with my recovery and flipped my kayak. The other anglers retrieved my rods, net, cooler and other gear while I finished getting pushed through the rapids. Once below the rapids, but still in the current I needed to get back in my kayak. The current was way to strong to make it to a bank so I was forced to flip my kayak back over and make a deep water re entry into my kayak. After the angler got my gear (including my paddle) back to me I was wet and ready to fish. During the incident I lost my fish measuring device called a hawg trough....I ended up with a few little bumps from the rocks, but the most damage was to my ego :).

I ended up losing 3 more fish that day. I finished with one fish in my 3 fish limit. I had a wonderful time, met some awesome anglers and learned a lot. I look forward to competing with and hanging out with this group of guys again.

YakAttack

Catch date:10/3/2015 11:53:00 AM

Story date:10/3/2015 9:33:00 PM

Location:Guntersville AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

"NAKA Tackle The Storm" tournament big fish.

This fish was caught around 11 pm and was like the rest of the fish caught today. They all were hugging vertical structure, pylons, grass walls and vertical stick ups.

Lake Guntersville is world renowned for some of the best top water frog and rat fishing due to its thick vegetation( hydrilla and mil-foil). The lake is known for producing 7 - 10 lb fish in abundance. I was looking foward to frog fishing, but with the temp in the 50s and rain it was a scratch. I did not get a 7-10 pounder, but did have about a 14" lead over 2nd place.

If anyone is ever in the state of Alabama I recommend fishing Lake Guntersville it really is a gem.

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Catch date:10/3/2015 6:57:00 PM

Story date:10/3/2015 7:07:00 PM

Location:Guntersville AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

Today I was up at 4am getting ready and left the hotel by 4:45 AM for the NAKA Tackle The Storm tournament on beautiful Lake Guntersville. Today we were able to start culling fish at 11am. I finished my 3 fish limit at 47 inches. It rained all day and the wind was 5 to 15mph as well. The conditions were far from ideal, but I fished hard and tried to use the disadvantage of weather to my advantage. The fish were hugging piers and grass points. The only way to catch today was to drop it on their nose.

I took first place and had big fish for the tournament with a 17 1/4 inch large mouth. All around a awesome day! Just happened to have a Stackfish shirt on under my rain gear. :)

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Catch date:9/28/2015 1:21:00 PM

Story date:9/29/2015 11:53:00 AM

Location:Rogersville AL

Species:Skunked

Well yesterday was a bust, off and on rain all day with heavy cloud cover. The fish were on the bottom and would not bite.

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Catch date:9/22/2015 5:48:00 PM

Story date:9/22/2015 8:51:00 PM

Location:Rogersville AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

Went out for a few today. Landed 3 bass two 2 lb fish and this pig! The fish keep getting bigger and my arms are not getting any longer. It is getting hard to take selfies with the fish.... I might need to get a go pro camera for HD pics and videos of my outings. I wish you guys could have seen me catch this one. I was fishing pylons under a bridge. I tried a jig on the columns....with no success. So I switched to a spoon since the area is known for small mouth.....no success. So I switched to a spinner bait that matched the local thread fin bait fish and then.....boom! I had this pig take me into heavy cover. I had to fight him from around a pylon and piled trees. He broke my favorite spinner bait, but he made it to the boat. I did not have a scale but estimate him from 5 to 6lbs. All I have to say is when in doubt.....spinner bait. I use it as my fish finder and just change up the retrevial to see where the fish are.

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Catch date:9/20/2015 7:11:00 PM

Story date:9/20/2015 9:25:00 PM

Location:Lester AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

Got on the water for a few in the new kayak I picked up today. Only got to fish for 2hrs, but caught two 3-3.5 lb bass. I was thinking I had a red cross on me for the most of time out. The mosquitoes probably sucked about a pint of blood!

I pulled both of bass out of a fallen tree (lay down). I had tried top water and jigs in structure with no luck. I noticed small shad schooling and some bass starting to actively feed. I swapped rods and started throwing a blue/silver spinner bait. After a few cast slow rolling it in and around cover....I was on the fish, one of the aggressive fish straightened out my terminator spinner bait.

Good afternoon all in all, minus having maybe caught malaria or west Nile from all the mosquitoes.

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Catch date:9/6/2015 9:54:00 AM

Story date:9/7/2015 2:06:00 PM

Location:Lester AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

Got to go out for a few Sunday morning before company from out of town showed up. Caught a few bass like the one in the picture which is always fun, but it was all the other odd things that really made it a great morning. My day started top water fishing wood structure along the banks with the occasional flip of a jig if structure was really heavy with holes in it. While fishing top water I was pitching a frog when all the sudden it sounds like tree is falling. I immediately looked up and a very large buzzard was trying to get my lure! I am not gonna lie a bird that big right at day light falling out of a tree so close about gave me a heart attack. I later found that there was an entire roost of buzzards that I had woken up. Next off I caught a 15 inch catfish and about a 20 inch spotted Gar back to back on a top water frog. Odd mixed bag, but a really fun short trip.

FYI: Gar and kayaks do not mix, very toothy fish to be flipping in a small boat.

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Catch date:8/29/2015 7:37:00 PM

Story date:8/30/2015 10:41:00 PM

Location:Calera AL

Species:Bass, Largemouth

I went down a couple of hours south of where i live to practice fish. There is a lake there that we will have a few tournaments on next year. I was very close to a few small lakes and ponds I fished as a kid so I thought I would stop by. I ended up having a blast catching peanuts all day (small bass under 2lbs). It
reminded me of why I love fishing and where and how it all started. My favorite method of fishing is top water, the pond and lake I fished this weekend allowed me to do a lot of it! I wish I had a go pro camera to show all the explosive top water hits to you all. I ended up with a total of 17. All give or take about a 1/2 lb of the fish in the picture.

A quick lure tip:

If fishing top water and missing bites with buzz baits or top water frogs. First adjust you hook sets and make sure you reel down on your slack line before setting. If you are still missing the bass are either on the smaller side and are having a hard time finding the hooks or they are just a little sluggish and not biting aggressively. I had this same problem this weekend and had to adjust after missing 3 fish. The bait that saved the day was a Hula popper frog. The bait is a combo of a few more common lures. It has the body of a normal top water popper and sports 2 sets of treble hooks, they are most commonly seen in a frog pattern and have a skirt. The Lure allows you to hook up on those lazy biters and get them to the boat. Definitely a lure to throw in the box for large mouth bass.

Stay safe and tight lines.

YakAttack

Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:8/15/2015 10:50:00 PM

Location:Athens AL

Species:Bass, Striped Hybrid

So an update on our little competition. We have had severe thunder storms and flash floods all day. We got 4-6 inches of rain from 8 am to 4pm...needless to say we did not get on the water till 4pm. We fished till almost dark, but the odds were not in our favor due to the large amount of fresh water and mud that was stirred up in the river.....my "lucky" wife did manage to drag out this 5inch stripe near the ramp. So the total score of our tournament is 5inchs vs 0 inches and the wife is in the lead. Tomorrow is another day with some sun and hopefully some more clear water. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Catch date:8/8/2015 11:31:00 AM

Story date:8/8/2015 8:07:00 PM

Location:Athens AL

Species:Bass, Striped Hybrid

Got off work, I had an hour to kill so I stopped at a boat ramp on the Elk River which feeds wheeler lake/ Tennessee River. The Elk is known for excellent bow fishing and year round large mouth bass. I figured I would come up empty handed or at best with a few small grass pigs (large mouth bass). After about 20mins of throwing a 2-4 ft swimming crank bait I get nailed out of no where. Rod bows and drag is slipping. I get what I think is a 4-5 lb large mouth and to my surprise it is a 2 lb Hybrid stripe bass. The Elk river is a very unusual place for strip to run, but they have followed large schools of bait fish in off the Tennessee river this year. Very spirited hard fighting fish and probably one of the prettiest fish you can pull out of Alabama water!

Stay safe....and keep your line tight.

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