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500 Dollars Reward

Posted on September 2, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

For information leading to an arrest and conviction or return items stolen in a break in.  Aug 8th at 2200 Point Pleasant road.

Items taken 16 fishing rods,4 swimbait rods,skeet reese 8 ft,okuma diawa,18 reels 30 + plano boxes of tackle,inclucing whole boxes full of Tater hog swimbaits,fish 30 acre 18 baits,numerous other brands like diawa,bullshads,fish Atlanta 6 in hph,lucky craft,no longer mfg lures.Like a large Koi swimbait.#57 capt kens frog.

If known or have info contact Henry County Sheriffs Dept- 731-201-0237



Tater Hog Swimbaits

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Doing a one on one for some of my favorite swimbaits,Tater Hog coming in at the top of the list for use by me with a rounded type of profile.They can be ordered here and not all are swimbaits,some are crankbaits and jerk baits all of which have their place in the fishing world.

Top to bottom a small x rated fluke, a I hate to make it bait,less than 10 ever made, a willie would be its closest relative,a large silver shad replaced now with a different model,yet both similar in nature.

And a 3 joint 9 1/2 in whose closest relative would be an uncle Ronnie.As one can see not all of mine fit into the catalog mold thus custom baits.Out of every tater ive tossed have never found one out of tune.

His name is actually Matt McBee but those are his lures.

Hard Swimbait

Posted on November 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Swimbaits what to use,first if just starting to use them,buy smaller ones first

Then after getting used to them get larger and of course better.

This is more or less an abrievation of lessons learned.I wouldnt spend 25 dollars

does not apply,yes some can be had for say 15 dollars yet many are over 100.

No I dont own any 250 dollar baits,this is but a sort of guide.There are many different

profiles of baitss many with different actions so will give a few known to me that are

 not hard to toss for the most part and do catch fish on Ky ,Pickwick lakes.

Savage gear 3d costs under 20 works well,glides well,shock colors available.SWaver

Mostly non reflective finishes however,and costing a hair more but also running deeper.

Those 2 are slender round profile baits.

A favorite of mine is a TATER HOG,available on ebay or from

for shad profile baits a Fish 30 acre available at


Swimbait rod and reel with a Tater Hog Not For Sale

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)



Went down to Paris Landing to toss a few swimbaits to see how they run,ramp was busy ,asked if any T going on .Reply strike king thing.So went on down to the dock passed among about 20 anglers all with boats with .com addy etc wrapped,expensive rigs not noticing who they all were had my thought pattern elsewhere.Tossed a Tater Hog in a few times with my Skeet Reese 8 ft swimbait rod,and a fella comes up behind me asks if thats a skeet reese and what kind of bait as he said looked pretty.Then asked if he could take a pic as he was a friend of his (Skeet Reese).I turned saw his hat low but recognized him immeadiately and said You sure can Mr VanDam.

Ive often taken pics of pros,but never ever had one want to take my pic.

Ps I handed him the rod,he tossed the Tater Hog several times,then handed it back,

Very nice man indeed have always known that but never had a one on one with him.

Now is there any interest in a Skeet Reese rod that Kevin Van Dam has used,complete with a Tater Hog swimbait he liked-Joke you can have it when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

Going to ABA nationals on old hickory with an edge as using gear previously used by KVD.

As a side tidbit im now the new director for ABA AFT do 40 Tn west=Newjohnsonville,Birdsong on Ky lake and JP Coleman on Pickwick



Fishing report 7/13/14

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Water temp was 85F everywhere we went on the main and coves,nothing much real shallow.

Bass  out in deeper water suspended hit flukes 2-6 ft deep,3 small keepers caught in a couple of hrs,much of that time spent finding any.Bass are starting to chase,wont be long be seeing surface activity yet currently wont touch much on top.Flukes,worms without weight,swimbaits soft kind were about the only things could get bit on consisntantly.These past few nights have been cool mid to low 50s so should help turn them on.

From  now on in pool 359, will be dropping until winter pool which is 354.

Fishing report 5/29/14 Ky lake

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Launching at Port road in big sandy headed to one of our favorite spots a rocky point,upon getting there discovered every one with a bobber within fifteen miles was there ahead of me,so hotspot number one was skipped to our dismay.Heading into a cove produced little where it had the week or so prior.

Then off to search for new water some weeds some wood some pea gravel then a flat with a definate edge or drop off to it.Visability 2 ft ,water temp  81-82F-superflukes-no current light breeze.-getting hot

Three hrs 2 keepers me again with the runt of the litter and Steve Huber a good friend with a nice one.

5/20/14 Ky Lake fishing report

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Went out about 8 am,Port Road Big Sandy,,Steve Huber had called and asked me to scout a little,both of us not getting keepersfor one reason or another so played around with the 1197 and its map and found something new..

Few min after launching we arrived at an island,leeward side nothing but wind side in breakers as wind had picked up 2 keepers on a spinnerbait in blue herring.Second spot inside a bay wind side nothing ,leeward side in brush 2 keepers one on spinnerbait same one and one on a superfluke.

Trolling motor acted up,so ended our day about 10 am with 4 keepers at about 10 pds.

Wind 25-30 gusting to lord knows what.watr temp 68-71f spinnerbait secret weapon 1/2 oz blue herring,visability 1 ft tannic looking..Wee bit o chop on the main.

All pics taken on the backside in the calm


Posted on May 11, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Temp 65.2 -70.2  fish spawning on some banks,available in all phases depending upon location,pre-spawn-post.

My first keeper came on a buzzbait,none therafter on one.Rubber creature baits -senkos got many shorts then later keepersbut hard to keep on,jumping and flipping the baits.

Crankbaits mine kept catching shorts some did well with them,but not me..

Fish were available from 1 ft to 12 ft,with little showing on any depth fnder.

Fishing report 5/4/14

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Wakeup call recent rains raisinf then falling the lake,along with a major cold front lake temp at daylight 59f,later 65f as was a warm day.Bushes not so many out from them 3-4 ft of water and green pumpkin bushog,

Fishing Report 4.27/14

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Lake has warmed each day and it hit 70 f,and in one days time moved into the bushes,lake at summer pool.

Green pumpkin vibe speed craw,flippin order of the day.