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Old 09-25-2012, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I fish cherokee during the winter for the stripers, but would really like to know more on watts barr... anyone know if the birds and stripers act on watts bar as they do on cherokee? and if so, where is a good starting point to look for bird activity???? any help would be much appreciated, thx.
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When the birds show up Kingston is the location to target. Long Island in the Tennessee R.
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thanks ezell, im gonna try watts barr this year as well as cherokee, very much appreciated sir
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Son and i are coming down on Oct. 19th for three days , if normal weather how does that date sound for smallmouth and strippers ? " put them back" THank you
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I suggest putting in at Ladd's Landing in Kingston and not having to go far for either species of smallmouth or stripers. Emory, Clinch, & Tennessee Rivers all right there.
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i was thinking of johnson creek right by long island and checking for stripers and birds, that's the area u suggested. Is ladd's landing a good spot for birds also. I have seen u a bit at cherokee, and there is nothing like chasing the birds and casting lures for nice stripers... I also know watts bar has bigger stripers than cherokee, can't wait till winter time
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Yes that is not far up the Tennessee from where the Clinch comes in below the Kingston steam plant.
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Thank for the info. fellows.
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Ezell,

We met a man down there last week I believe his name was Chris Mays. He had pictures of 2 40 pound stripers he caught on skipjack up in the clinch. He said he was using sabiki rigs to catch his skipjack. Any idea where you would go to try and catch skipjack this time of year? He said he would put them on ballons and let them swim freely. Also if I were to catch these skipjack how many could I put in the the 25 gallon tank I have. Thanks a bunch!
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Skipjack are extreemly fragile and difficult to keep alive in the best of conditions. In past years we have caught jacks around the Kingston steamplant area but don't think they are there much anymore. Skipjack are quite abundant at Fort Loudoun in the back of many of the coves this time of year and can be caught on sabiki, small spoons, or jigs. There are some good striper caught there especially when the flow from Melton Hill is good because anyone that can read won't eat them. The Emory is normally great this time of year also.
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