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(TN) Cannonball

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  1. Regrettably, Tennessee recognizes records for rod & reel and other methods as BFing, net, gigging, etc. They are two separate categories. Go to www.tnwildlife.org then to fishing for the complete fishing records which are at the back of the regulations.
  2. Tyler0420, thanks. State record on rod & reel is 62-7; sadly the bowfishing "record" is 68-8.😒 I was a surprise when I netted it. My venue has a decent population of carp and buffs. Even managed to land two mirrors!
  3. There it is- 26 lb. 9 oz. Caught lots more since then but nowhere near that size.
  4. Are the fish hitting light? I'm thinking it might be buffs mouthing the bait and dropping it. FB members, let's help solve this dilemma.
  5. Here's my take on this- drag too tight, trying to "horse" fish to the bank, lightly hooked in lips. What rig are you using? Hair rig? Bait in hook? Others more experienced will contribute here. Losing fish does allow for one to expand on the bankside vocabulary. 🤬
  6. Nice! Good to have the family fishing together. Bit of competition, I bet.
  7. M'lady, congratulations on the nice mirror carp. Is this bigger than hubby's biggest mirror? Just curious.
  8. Welcome! I have both types of reels. For carp, I use a bait runner for about 90% of the time. I have some light spinning rods with 6 lb. line that I use because I know that the carp won't be real big at one venue. Of course, there are always surprises. I recommend a bait runner if the budget will allow. Now...what brand? You will get all kinds of answers.
  9. Got some in red. Needing to use them as cutting back on the stuff I carry to the bank for fishing.
  10. Lil Bird, I remember Jerry and the barber walking along the Olentangy River with Jerry's weinie dog having a good time, skipping ahead of the guys. I recall that, at the time, that someone would actually fish for carp. Will look at the link. Thanks. Our farm is gone; was on the SE corner of US 23 and OH 665. The dairy was on my uncle's farm which is now horse barns for the racetrack.
  11. My local venue has common carp and SM buffs. They are caught on the same rigs, whether a hair rig or feeder cage setup. Recently, a friend fished there and caught 15 buffs to one carp. Later this year, it will be the reverse. Hard to separate them if they are both in the same place, IMHO. It was discovered that buffs are very light on the baits. Line movement is a straighten-tighten-slack without setting off an alarm. Rarely will one take off and set the alarm screaming. As a result, we set the hook when the line straightens. Our hookup rate went up tremendously. We don't care if it's a buff or carp, they are fun to catch and more funner to release to grow.😁
  12. Power Pro 65 lb.- no stretch but not as abrasive resistant as mono. My hair is a braid of about 10 lb. if I recall.
  13. I've never tossed out raw corn. Interesting. Where is the article?
  14. Mo, good start for a fish fry...excluding the carp, of course. One of the best meals I had was crappie filets baked in coals in January. Water temp was about 38-40 degrees.
  15. Good idea. I have an idea that would work. Need to look for photos from the past.
  16. Was looking for the river to be fishable but TVA is spilling through Chickamauga Dam in anticipation of the 3 inches of rain expected Sunday and Sunday night.
  17. Put a plastic pipe in the water with no holes or food. Algae will grow on the pipe. This attracts minnows and other critters. Then the predatory fish will come around. Farmers in KY used to toss a square bale of hay in their ponds to do the same thing. The same thing is done with junk cars and concrete in saltwater.
  18. They are already gone.
  19. I'll join you in welcoming John Castellese! Looking for photos of giant fish from y'all. I have a digital camera and love it. Looking to upgrade to one with interchangeable lenses. I download the photos to my laptop and can view them on the screen. Have several hundred photos. Part of the fun is experimenting along with reading the manual and a book by a professional photographer/teacher. BTW, I have a Canon T-70; was told it was worth absolutely nothing. Retired photographer said he had some film cameras that he couldn't give away.
  20. Film? What is that? Congrats on a good day and an outstanding capture.
  21. Good to fish with the kids, no matter what species. This could start a friendly competition among the three of you- who catches the biggest carp.
  22. it will be real low. IMHO, it won't be fishable until the lake is at summer pool and, even then, it is shallow for a ways out from the waterline. Check it out, though. You might go to the dam. Need to have you show me where to fish below the dam. Never fished Chickamauga Dam before.
  23. There have been reports of carp over 30 and 40 but BFers clean them out. Tennessee Wildlife magazine had an article on carp fishing about 10 years ago. The writer pinpointed the place. Bad move. Ran across an ad for BFing guide in Dayton, TN. Fished the Chick a couple of times. Was told that one has to bait real heavy but the time from home isn't conducive to baiting every day when there are places much closer. Problem around here is the lack of access. If you look at an aerial map of the Chick on Google Earth Pro, there are very, very few places that offer access. I printed off the fishing access list for the TWRA. I decided to check on a few of them. One was fishing off a bank of about 8 to 10 feet high. Others were bank areas that were nothing but dirt and/or mud.
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