Posted by Shad Lips on March 23, 2004 at 21:27:09:
In Reply to: Why no responses? posted by Michael on March 23, 2004 at 20:32:07:
I've been too busy with work to fish in the tailwaters this year. On Sundays the few hours I get to fish are spent chasing big bass in the lakes because TVA doesn't tend to generate much on weekends. With water temperatures in the upper 50's to low 60's you can bet the farm that stripers and hybrids are running below all the Tennessee River dams right now. I can almost always catch a few tailrace stripers any time of year, but from now through May it should be wide open. Live shad work great, but a sassy shad fished at the right depth and in the right current seam or eddy will always catch something when the conditions are right. The only way to determine the right conditions is to get out there and experiment until you find a pattern. Be sure to buy plenty of lead, hooks, jig heads and sassy shad before you go. Keep your drag set fairly loose ... a tight drag is the reason most people lose the big stripers they hook.
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