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I have done some amature fishing (mostly catfish on South Holston and some Trout on Holston River) but I have never had any luck with bass fishing or with using artificial lures. Where should I start? I know little to nothing about using artificial baits and have no one to teach me (I fish with my father in law but he thinks live bait is the be all end all for all types of fishing). Any suggestions?
 

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get some shakey head jig heads some finesse worms and give her a whirl

you cnat go wrong with the shakey head or crankbaits
 

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I have done some amature fishing (mostly catfish on South Holston and some Trout on Holston River) but I have never had any luck with bass fishing or with using artificial lures. Where should I start? I know little to nothing about using artificial baits and have no one to teach me (I fish with my father in law but he thinks live bait is the be all end all for all types of fishing). Any suggestions?


I'm not to far ahead of ya but I have always had the most luck throwing a crank. Seems like softbaits and me just don't get along.
 

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get you a couple jerkbaits and a couple spinner baits and a topwater and hit the South Holston lake this spring.
 

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I think my biggest problem is finding a spot to fish and since I dont have a boat im stuck with fishin from the bank How do you pick out a good fishin spot from the bank? and whats a shakey head?
 

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Be more than glad to take you on a float trip this spring/summer. PM me your info, we will hit the river one Saturday. We have a float for Feb 23rd on the Clinch, want to float with us, maybe I can show you a few tricks...
 

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You might try going to your favorite tackle or baitshop. If it's a reputable business they will be more than glad to "hook you up" with a few essentials. Don't spend a fortune, just get a few items that will get you started. The big stores like Bass Pro Shops or Gander Mountain will have all kinds of staff that can point you in the right direction if you want to go that route. If you have a local place with a descent selection of hooks, lines and, lures, it may be a better experience for you.



Another option is to get with a friend or even an ETF buddy that will take you. That way you can let them give you a couple pointers on what you need to get going. I know exactly where you're coming from. My Dad was a live bait only guy and we only fished for catfish crappies and blue gills. Reason... food for the table. Nothing wrong with that. I don't eat bass but there's nothin' better than catfish, crappies or bluegills released in some grease and then eating some with cornbread or hush puppies.



I'm up here in Ohio or I would be happy to take you. Just wish I was a little closer to God's Country down there around Knoxville. ETF has some great guys that are always willing to help out. There's not much better than a big ol' smallmouth bendin' your pole and makin' your drag sing. Good luck.
 

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In plastics, get the basic Texas rig worm set up. Use this for a while until comfortable. Then you can fish just about anything like a jig or Carolina rig. Spinner baits are a good choice as well and you can work them through some cover or wood, with some practice. Don't get mad if you don't catch something with a certain rig, we all have them days. Practice, practice, practice. You will be a pro in no time. If interested my try going to the next Get Together.



Which lake will you be fishing the most?
 

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probably South Holston lake, Holston Rivier near the dam and Boone lake. Is there a rule of thumb when choosing colors for plastics and crankbaits? I would like to go on an outing with some guys but Im in school at ETSU and im workin so its kinda hard for me to schedule somthin.
 

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Hello there fellow Buccaneer. I spent a little time at that school myself.
JignJ()n or 371V should be around shortly to help you out on South Holston. They live up that way and fish the lake regularly. As a general rule of thumb, clear water lakes like Holston require neutral or natural colors while bodies of water with more color generally take the brighter colors to attract strikes. Again I say general rule of thumb because there are always exceptions to the rules in the wonderful world of fishing. There are a lot of good fishermen & women on this board with lots of knowledge about all types of different techniques. Take a little extra time and read through the old posts and I think you'll surprised with the useful info you find.



If you are ever down this way toward Cherokee or Douglas lake, let me know. I'll be happy to take you out.



God Bless & Good
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I FELL THE SAME WAY AS G-3.IF YOU ARE EVER DOWN THIS WAY FISHING, CHEROKEE

DOUGLAS,NORRIS,OR JOHN SEVIER STEAM PLANT ON THE RIVER GIVE ME A HOLLER.
 

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thatd be great man. Ive picked up alot of great tips on here that I cant wait to try out. My schedule pretty erratic so just PM if you get some time.
 

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bass fishing can be a bottomless pit that you throw money in, especially when you buy a boat, but after all the time and money you invest one good fish makes it all worth it.......be careful or you will get hooked on the most addictive sport in the world.....
 

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hit rivers in the summer for smallmouth, best way to learn how to fish artificial. the nolichucky is a good place with alot of wading opportunities. bass in this river will bite about and lure if you fish it right.
 

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