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April 30, 2013

New Hook Shots: The Hunt For Trophy Tennessee Stripers

By Joe Cermele

There are pure-strain, landlocked striped bass all over the country, but there are only so many places in freshwater where these fish reach the same "cow" proportions as their coastal cousins. Being a Jersey guy, I know a thing or two about big bass (or pretend to, anyway), so it's taken me a while to pull the trigger on a sweetwater striper hunt. That's partially because it's hard to break the mentality that the biggest bass are salty, and partially because picking the right body of freshwater and finding the right guy to get you on the big fish is tricky. But I finally found him. In three days on the Clinch River in Eastern Tennessee, veteran guide Bud White made me and fellow Northeast striper nut Mike Sudal realize that you can't appreciate the fight of a 30-pounder until you need to lock down the spool with your thumbs to stop the fish from running into one of many downed trees that are always in close proximity. Enjoy the show. 

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from DSMbirddog wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

Good Hook Shots, Joe. Thanks!

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from rjw wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

Now that would be a trip worth taking, excellent video.

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from Koldkut wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

Freshwater tanks not having to compete with current and tides get fat.

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from buckhunter wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

Thumbs up!!

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 50 weeks 4 days ago

That's awesome, you were just a stones throw from where I did my internship at ORNL a few summers ago. I went fishing one evening at the end of that Clinch arm up at the dam. I was catfishing and I was able to pull in a decent channel, but I sure felt like a fool when a guy not 30 yards upstream hauled in a #30+ striped bass. Created quite a scene.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 50 weeks 2 days ago

There is a lake about 2 hours away from me with some land locked stripers. I've always wanted to go and now I want to go even more! Great episode as always!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 50 weeks 2 days ago

There is a lake about 2 hours away from me with some land locked stripers. I've always wanted to go and now I want to go even more! Great episode as always!

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from Gary Devine wrote 50 weeks 7 hours ago

I notice you mentioned in the beginning of the video that you fish for Stripers in New Jersey. I had great time fishing for stripers in the Delaware Bay off the New Jersey side. My friend owns a boat and we had our limit in an hour.

Your video was well done and it brought back the memories of that day.
Thanks for sharing it.

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from 357 wrote 48 weeks 4 days ago

great stuff as always!

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from DSMbirddog wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

Good Hook Shots, Joe. Thanks!

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from rjw wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

Now that would be a trip worth taking, excellent video.

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from Koldkut wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

Freshwater tanks not having to compete with current and tides get fat.

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from buckhunter wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

Thumbs up!!

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 50 weeks 4 days ago

That's awesome, you were just a stones throw from where I did my internship at ORNL a few summers ago. I went fishing one evening at the end of that Clinch arm up at the dam. I was catfishing and I was able to pull in a decent channel, but I sure felt like a fool when a guy not 30 yards upstream hauled in a #30+ striped bass. Created quite a scene.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 50 weeks 2 days ago

There is a lake about 2 hours away from me with some land locked stripers. I've always wanted to go and now I want to go even more! Great episode as always!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 50 weeks 2 days ago

There is a lake about 2 hours away from me with some land locked stripers. I've always wanted to go and now I want to go even more! Great episode as always!

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from Gary Devine wrote 50 weeks 7 hours ago

I notice you mentioned in the beginning of the video that you fish for Stripers in New Jersey. I had great time fishing for stripers in the Delaware Bay off the New Jersey side. My friend owns a boat and we had our limit in an hour.

Your video was well done and it brought back the memories of that day.
Thanks for sharing it.

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from 357 wrote 48 weeks 4 days ago

great stuff as always!

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