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MineralMan
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:15 PM 05/11/06 (CST)
I had to go to Nashville, TN with my wife for a couple of days. She had business, and I had nothing much to do, so I decided I'd do a little fishing...but where?

Here are the results, followed by how I found a spot.

In a couple of hours of fishing, I caught 6 nice largemouth bass, one a good 3-pounder, along with the biggest, prettiest longear sunfish I've ever seen. I had a great time, but it could have been a waste of time if I hadn't done my research beforehand.

We were staying in a hotel in the city. Nashville has the Cumberland River winding through it, but finding a spot to fish isn't necessarily easy.

I called up Google Maps and centered on my hotel, then switched to the superimposed view, where street names and features are superimposed on a satellite image.

By scrolling around and zooming in and out, I located a city park on the river, adjacent to an old lock on the river that had been removed. It also had a boat launching ramp, and I could see that there was riprap on one area and what looked like a mud pull-out beach next to the ramp. A small stream flowed into the river in the park, too.

So, I packed my ultralight pack rod and reel. I was after bass, so I packed my smallest plastic flat takle box with a small selection of 1/4 oz. crankbaits, plus a few jigs and plastic grubs.

On Tuesday, I drove over to this park about 8 AM. It was just like the satellite image, but, the rip-rap was pretty irregular and old guys like me don't like risking our ankles on wobbly rip-rap.

I started out by walking over to the stream and casting a Rebel Crawfish crankbait next to the plume from the stream. First cast hooked up with a 1-pounder. I caught three more about the same size in the border between the plume and the river water, then hooked up with that really beautiful sunfish...about 9 inches long and with the brightest blue markings I've seen on a longeared sunfish.

Next, I moved over by the ramp, which was concrete. I'd seen someone launch their boat, and saw their trailer drop about three feet at the end of the ramp. There were some little baitfish bumping the surface, so I tied on a 1/4 oz Rebel Humpback and cast past the ramp from one side. I retrieved parallel to the ramp, running the Humpback fast so it would dive to its full 2 ft. depth. Just as it passed where the ramp would have ended, that 3-pounder just slammed it. I guess it was lying in wait there in the deeper water. I caught one more decent little bass there, and then it was time to head back.

All in all, a nice morning of fishing. It was successful because I had done my homework ahead of time. Google Maps is an ideal research tool if you're going to be fishing in a strange area. You can locate the perfect spot for yourself.

By the way, I was fishing alone there. Not another soul in sight, except for the guys who launched the boat.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:27 PM 05/11/06 (CST)
Hey MineralMan,

Nothing like a bit of research...



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:32 PM 05/11/06 (CST)
Just goes to show that if you look you just might find.
It sounds like a great time burning daylight with a bent rod.

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:54 AM 06/16/06 (CST)
That is awesome........thats some serious research and a great report MineralMan.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:20 AM 06/16/06 (CST)
Mineral Man,
That sounds like you made a good day out of what could have been a really boring one. That's great that it worked out for you like that. Nice Job!
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:14 AM 06/16/06 (CST)
It just shows what a little ambition will do for a guy. When you have to wet a line,a real fisherman will find his prey,way to go Mineralman.



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