Video Cast

This is my video cast on the baits I used when fishing in Gallatin and Hendersonville. I include items like Cordell spoons, plastic worms, and even crank baits that work best for me. If you give one of these a try, you won’t be disappointed. The main bait I would recommend out of these choices would be the Culprit fire and ice worms hands down.

Chartreuse Baits

Whether you choose to use a chartreuse marker for your bait or if your bait is already that color, you can’t go wrong with this bass attractor. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used a chartreuse bait and caught a bass three pounds or better. The advantage of using this color in murky or even clear water is that the fish are curious of what it is. If you combine the  trigger of the fish with a good technique of retrieving your bait, you’ve a catch for sure. I’m positive all fisherman have at least one bait with the color chartreuse or something that incorporates it somewhat. Regardless, this color anywhere from plastic baits to spinner baits can satisfy your day of fishing.

Fishin’ the Red River

The versatility of the Red River is important to note when mentioning one the low key areas to fish in Middle Tennessee. You can catch a variety of species including bass, catfish, perch, bluegill, and rock bass. The rock bass is a notorious fish that you will encounter when fishing small bodies of water like this. This is good news that the Red River has so many options because you can use any technique to fish and still have a lot of pictures to take of your catches of the day. Here is a fishing report from a section of the Red River.

Crank Baits Versus Lipless Crank Baits

This has been a discussion for quite some time, but which is better : crank baits or lipless crank baits? The primary way to tell which one is more successful is harder than comparing how they are fished. My preference would be to tie on a crank bait with a square bill. This allows the bait to have action, but not sink to a depth in cover to get me hung up. Although, when fishing using a lipless crank you can throw it into open water to confront feeding bass with the appearance of a fleeing bait fish. These lures both have their advantages and disadvantages, but ultimately I would have to choose the crank bait based on my results over the years. This lure has slightly exceeded the amount of fish I have caught with the lipless version.

Catfish Bait

There are many species of catfish and you can catch some monsters just using these three baits. I would start off with using night crawlers, because these sizeable worms can really attract some cats. A close second would be to use chicken liver due to the smell and its ability to linger on the bottom of the lake. An underestimated bait selection is to throw out a crawfish! This natural prey of the catfish will surprise you in its ability to catch some good fish. They may not always weigh twenty pounds or more, but these starving fish will always turn to what is available in creeks and lakes. Here are three more examples of catfish baits, but these are less common in the fishing community.

Drop Shot Rig

Unlike the Texas Rig, the drop shot rig is another way to hook your plastic baits. The big difference between these two styles is the fact that the drop shot rig can be more effective in cover areas and along banks. The action that is intended for this type of rig is a slow sinking movement paired with a suspension of the bait. This keeps it off of the bottom where Texas Rigs tend to reach. Using the drop shot rig, you can alter the way you fish for better presentation, but it is mostly  preference.

Texas Rig

The Texas Rig is a very popular hooking method for plastic baits and is the most common among fisherman. Unofficially, the Texas Rig  has solved ways to hook crawfish, worms, lizard, and even tube baits to perfection. Normally, fisherman use clip-on weights, but with this rig you should use bullet weights with a 1/0 size hook. Make sure your worm or plastic is straight down the hook for the best results. This style is something to be memorized for those who haven’t mastered it by now.