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Offline GETFISHED

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PAA Old Hickory
« on: May 09, 2012, 06:57:02 AM »
All the big boys are in town this week and the boat ramps are rather colorful with all the wrapped trucks and whatnot.  Tonight they will have a pre- meeting at BPS and a draw for co-anglers. I'm excited and hope for a good draw. One thing is for sure, I will learn a bunch about this lake.

 
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Re: PAA Old Hickory
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 09:14:59 AM »
That's cool.  I hope you get a good one!   Let us know who ya get.

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Re: PAA Old Hickory
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 09:56:06 AM »
Good luck Steve. And as Jack said, I too hope you get a good draw.
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Re: PAA Old Hickory
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012, 10:02:47 PM »
Good luck in the draw! 
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Re: PAA Old Hickory
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2012, 08:26:32 PM »
I fished today with Gerald Brown from Oklahoma. I blanked. Tomorrow I fish with Greg Ryan and I think he is from Missoura.
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: PAA Old Hickory
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2012, 07:51:03 AM »
Hope you catch them the second day.
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Re: PAA Old Hickory
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012, 08:13:54 PM »
Today, Friday turned out to be different. I only weighed in one keeper fish. Overall I had a much more worthwhile day. I fished with Greg Ryan who is from the Springfield, Mo area. Maybe you have heard of him Jig Man. Real nice guy. He started the day in 39th and fished his way up to 15th to make the last man in the cut to fish on Sat. He is on fish. I am going to be an observer tomorrow and I will be in the boat with the same guy, Greg Ryan. I'm looking forward to it.
 
 
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Re: PAA Old Hickory
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2012, 09:11:59 PM »
Steve I have not heard of him but I am pretty much out of that loop as I don't T fish and haven't for a long time.

Are you learning the lake like you thought?
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Re: PAA Old Hickory
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 12:12:07 PM »
Oh yea.  I got quite the information overload this week. It was great. Steve Kennedy won the TX and he shared with me how he chose his areas and what made them more desirable. Greg Ryan did the same. Greg was meticulous with his gear leaving nothing to chance. He retied quite often, replaced hooks several times during the day and even changed out a reel because the line had a couple nicks from a birdsnest.
  This tournament was primarily governed by the shad spawn (of which I learned a gret amount that previously I did not understand the importnce of ), and many anglers were fishing small white swim jigs, small colorado spinnerbaits with white skirts, and 4-5" swimbaits . Most guys built their approach shallow as that is where the shad were in the mornings.
   An interesting point I noticed was my pro followed the channel markers with one exception. On Sat. the top 15 got to fish for the win. My guy was in 15th , the last guy to make the cut. I'm not sure what the reason was but on the way out in the morning on Saturday he went to his spot 35 miles upriver. The thing that was different was that his route was as the crow flies. Even though the river winds around he drove the absolute straightest path possible. Pucker factor ? Uhh hell yea, to say the least. At the end of the day he alowed plenty of time to return on time and he followed the channel.
I made a good friend that trip and I think he is going to let me use his backseat for practice at the next event. He was a true pro in the way he conducted himself.
I think only one guy in the top five was fishing deep. He just happened to be a local guy fishing his first pro event and he caught fish on a football jig deep and after that stopped working he finished the tourney throwing a DD22.
My pro was running a new Z8 with a 250 Pro XS. I was mildly impressed with the boats ride and I'm sure some of that had to do with the driver but it rode fairly well nonetheless. Not enough though to make me defect. Ha ha.
My pro was fishing shallow, cranking squarebills and occasionally pitching some docks with plastics. He explained how he chose the creeks he was fishing and how he chose which portion of the creeks to fish, thereby eliminating the remainder of the creek. To me this was valuable because these creeks were major tributaries and were each 2-5 miles long. As you enter these creeks I'm sure there are fish all along the way for the most part and to me it all looked like anywhere would be a good place to stop and fish but he explained how he chose a particular portion based on the time of year and other factors. I was blown away. These guys go to great lengths to develop an understanding of a body of water in a short time.
Our next event is at Neely Henry in Alabama and I am hoping to practice with Greg Ryan.
Jig Man I totally understand not fishing tournies. I think sometimes I need to have my head examined regarding this. Nothing that I currently do wears me out more than a day on the water related to tourney fishing whether it's is prefishing or the tourney itself. Our club is going to Kentucky Lake this upcoming weekend so I need to get out ot the boat and look at the chart and map and waypoint some locations to take a look at. I don't think I will have a nonboater for this event so it will be interesting to see if I survive in one piece on that lake for the first time.
 
 
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