Matt Herren has a reputation as a junk fisherman. That's not an insult but an acknowledgement that he likes to use everything in his arsenal. Junk fisherman tend to be target oriented, with lots of rods out on the deck of their boat. So today we're referring to Matt as "Sanford" who was the junk man in the popular 1970s era TV series Sanford and Son. It doesn't hurt that "Santone Lures" is printed big and bold on the side of his boat.
KVD has moved four times now over the last 90 minutes. He's now fishing a creek mouth. He's rotating, in no particular order, a compact creature bait, crankbait, worm. The only entertainment we've had is the cruiser that intentionally made a pass by all of us. Rocky Top played over the boat's sound system. Loud. Maybe that's what prompted the move by KVD. But he's from the Midwest. Go figure.
Jacob Wheeler just made his third stop as he moves his way south on the main lake, and he immediately set the hook. When he did, his rod broke in three pieces. That didn't keep Wheeler from landing the fish, which helped him some, but didn't look anywhere near big enough to be a rod-snapper. He may have simply worn out that rod this week. Wheeler has been throwing a swimbait since he moved out of the Hiwassee River.
Matt Herren's trolling motor issues are solved. He had a bad battery. Herren's camera boat driver, Jamie, ran in and picked up Joby Smith, who's on the Minn Kota, Humminbird service crew. They arrived with a new battery, and Matt is a happy man. We've mooted across the lake to another dock. And the action is on!
Jacob Wheeler has moved out to the main lake and his second stop produced a fish that allowed him to cull up a few ounces. Wheeler noticed that the current has increased, which is what's needed for these ledges to load up with fish. "The heavier the current, the more fish there will be on these places," Wheeler said. The discharge at Chickamauga Dam increased to 19,000 cubic feet per second at 9 a.m. He'd really like it to get up over 30,000 cfs, and it never got that high yesterday.
Hank Cherry has one in the livewell looking for number 2.