Chickamauga was amazing! We'd never been to the lake but we had heard the rumors! Is it as good as they say? Can we catch a bunch of fish? How about a big bass? Come along as we head out on the water to see what all the fuss is about on Tennessee's best trophy bass lake. Spoiler Alert: Its good and we catch some big ones!
In 3 days we never struggled to get a bite and we caught fish on every lure that we threw. From senkos up shallow to deep cranks offshore, there we bass everywhere! The trick was figuring out how to catch the big ones but after a few days we got it dialed in and had an amazing time catching quality fish all over the lake The key for the bigger bites was shad. There was a shad spawn in the morning and the big bass were keying in on the opportunity.
Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used during our time on the lake. Baits are listed in order of appearance as we caught fish on a variety of lures. If you ever get the chance, take a day to fish Chickamauga, its an awesome fishery!
-California Swim Jig (3/8 oz Tactical Shad): http://bit.ly/2auXfmx
-Keitech 3.8" Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
-Jackall TN-70 lipless Crankbait (Ghost Minnow): http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh
-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait (I Know It): http://bit.ly/2diSwqq
-Keitech 4.3" Fat Swing Impact (Pro Blue Red Pearl): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
-Keitech 4.8" Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
-Jackall TN- 70 Lipless Crankbait (RT Scale Minnow): http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh
-Azuma Z Boss 22 (Grand Shad): http://bit.ly/2poLKUC
-Blade Runner Underspin 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/29UVegz
-Strike King 6XD (Powder Blue Chartreuse): http://bit.ly/2ery44M
-Yamamoto 5" Senko (Green Pumpkin/Watermelon Laminate): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
-Yamamoto 6" Senko (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Matt found an All-Around Rod This Trip that was unbelievably universal. From senko to spinnerbait, swim jig to Keitech, he was able to use a single rod. That's extremely rare but the combination of soft tip and solid back bone made the MBR amazingly versatile.
Matt's Versatile Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 50 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel- Curado 200K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 20 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9