Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hot Bait

Today was a great day on Dale Hollow! I shot an episode of Stihl's Reel in the Outdoors today with my buddy Ronnie Grant who is a Dale Hollow Lake expert! He and the Smallies were both on their game today. The hot bait was a vintage Lucky Craft flat CB MR in a chartreuse and red craw pattern. 

The water temps were 50 to 51 degrees and the bass were holding on bluff secondary points. The key was paralleling tight to the points with our casts. We were wrapped up by 2 p.m.  with 15 bass between 2 and 4 pounds. As soon as we were done on Dale, I drove 7 hours to my brother's house, ( Leah's Bed and Breakfast) in Atlanta to spend the night on my way to the FLW Tournament on Lake Hartwell.


  1. Joe I was wondering if you had considered filming an episode of Reel in the Outdoors on the island of Oahu, HI. On Lake Wilson outside Schofield Barracks there is a great bass fishery with Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Peacock bass. I have seen Largemouth to 7 lbs. and Peacocks over 7 lbs. I think this unknown lake could give traveling anglers an alternative to saltwater fishing.

    The main website for information is:

  2. Joe, Was planning on a trip to Dale Hallow Feb or March 2012 was woundering the best marina to stay and will Ronnie Grant due a 2 Day Guide Trip? or Can you recomend a Guide... Live in Florence alabama will be taking my Rig with me. anything you Can do for me would be greatly appreciated, Take Care God Bless Patrick Burkhart.

  3. I typically stay at one of the Hotels in Burkesville, Ky (It is the one that sits right on the river next to Pizza Hut) when I fish the lake. We normally put in at the ramp at Hendricks Creek Resort. I do know they have rooms and houseboat accommodations there. Ronnie does not guide, but there are lots of reputable guides in that area. I would start by calling the folks at Hendricks Creek.

    Sorry I'm not more help...

    Good Fishin'

    Joe Thomas

  4. go to smalljaws forum smally 7 is a guide his name is keith he is the man to see

  5. I missed the March 2011 show at Dale Hollow, can I find it on the internet? will it be on tv again sometime in the near future?


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