After 38 hours of straight driving, 2,500 miles, a leaking trailer hub replacement, and a stop at Bass Pro Shops in Iowa to pick up the hard to find Storm Arashi Crankbaits. We made it to our one and only pit stop at Watt's Bar Lake. Nestled around the Smoky Mountians in Eastern Tennessee is where my co-pilot for the trip, Cy Floyd, has some family who live right on the lake.
We pulled in with just enough time to eat some food, take a power nap, and get an hour or so out on the lake before dark. I have to say what a beautiful place it is and wish I could have fished it more.
Caught one 12" Largemouth in the hour we were out there. No monster by any means but my first bass in Tennessee and just proud I was able to get a bite on my first guess when I didn't know jack squat about the lake, and have never fished east of the Mississippi. He fell to a trusty Rapala DT14 in a shad color.
Tomorrow morning I will be making the short drive across the mountains and into Lake Chatuge, GA to commence on the experience that is the "Classic" of College Fishing.