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  1. It certainly was a great weekend for fishing especially as the handful of excited fisherman looked to fill the creel with trout. All preceded by David Moon’s How to Catch Fish on the Caney memo. Which you find below. But you know besides the fact that the Gman had an excellent weekend on the Caney Fork especially amongst some of the best fisherman around. Despite the best tips that David Moon had to offer…the bottom line was that we keep it simple…a line, a split shot, a small hook, and a 59 cent can of corn and had the most success of all.

    Matthew 4:19 “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

    I think sometimes we make evangelism harder than it needs to be. The first thing we need to do is be like Jesus in all we do…granted that may be hard at times…but when you get down to it…should be a simple task.

    Second, when it comes to becoming a fisher of men…just invite someone to church or a small group. If we do this…it makes for a prettier stringer than the one I’m holding in this picture.


    David Gee
    Author (The Keep It Simple Trout Fishing Guide)

    Tusculum Band of Brothers
    Several guys…especially Kerwin 😉 asked I post this on the Brothers email for instructions on tackle, fishing methods, etc for trout on the Caney Fork next weekend. So (please excuse the long email) here it is:

    First, be sure your line is 4lb test or less (makes a hugh difference, even 2 lb test, if the fish are skittish, but it is hard to keep from breaking that…not recommend for novice fisherpeople).

    Secondly, the rig for best results (bait fishin) would be as follows:

    1. Get some small slider bullet weights, lightest weight you can find or several sizes (shaped as a cone with a hole through the middle) and thread the weight tiny end first on your line. (Walmart for weights)
    2. Get some “BB shot” clinch weights, place one or two of these about 12-18 inches from the line end and clamp it securely on the line so it will not move. (This will allow the bullet weight to slide up and down above the BB weight(s)). The trout, when they bite, will not feel the bullet weight and one BB is very light.
    3. Get some size 10 or 12 treble hooks (I liked gold color) which are quite small but with the three hooks you will get more fish on the first bite.
    4. Get some chartreuse or florescent orange “Power Bait” which comes in a small jar and looks like a string of salmon eggs. (it is scented too which helps some).
    5. Lastly, get some Live Nightcrawlers (one or two containers which if you don’t use all of them, they will keep in your frig for several weeks). Pack in a small cooler with ice or a freezer pak to keep them alive in hot weather.
    6. Baiting the hook: put one Power bait egg on one of the treble hooks, then take one Nightcrawler and pinch off 1/3 of it (no matter which end) and put the 2/3 piece back in your nightcrawler container. Put the 1/3 piece on the remaining two treble hooks and this will help you keep from getting snagged on the bottom as much if you keep the barb just inside the worm.

    METHODS: Look for deeper channels or pockets (holes) in the stream near some current (if you can see the bottom) or seek the deep side of the river and cast carefully (side arm) there. Tighten your line with rod at a 45 degree angle after the weight hits the bottom and take up all slack in your line (taught lines). If the current is strong the line/weights might bounce along the bottom which is fine. In faster current it is prudent to wade out into the stream if possible and your line will flow downstream while you position yourselves upstream from a deeper pool. Now just sit and wait…the florescent Power Bait seems to get their attention and when they investigate, the nightcrawler puts them over the top and they strike the bait. You will feel a tap tap tap or sometimes your line will just start moving. Now you will need to snap your rod above your head once and see if the fish is on. If you hooked the fish, reel steadily and keep your rod high where the line remains
    taught until you get the fish close to you. (If you missed, let it settle again and wait, then check in a few minutes if the bait is still on the hook if no further bites happen. Many times they will turn around and try again if you leave it near the striking point). A trout net is invaluable here since they are extremely slippery and hard to hold on to. If no net available, beach the fish at least 10 feet from the edge of the stream until you can stringer them and get the fish back into the water asap (They will invariably flip and flop many times unhooking themselves and if you are close the the bank…no more fish). I usually ran the stringer through the eyes…yes it is gross, but their mouth and gills are not impeded and they live longer. Use the eye method only if you plan to eat your catch….obviously, otherwise run through their jaw…never through the gills.

    Cleaning/Cooking the fish: Cut a “V” to remove the anus. Insert your knife in the “V” and slide the blade up the belly just under the skin till you reach the gills. There is a small piece that joins the jaw there and cut it in two to open the body cavity. Now run your thumbnail starting at the anus area up the backbone removing a black membrane located next to the the spine and grab the organs and rip them out. This will take the gills out with the organs in one swoop and leave your fish cleaned out. Wash in the river to get the remaining leftovers out. You can cook them whole or remove the heads with your knife before cooking. No need to skin them. When you bake or grill in aluminum foil (with a little lemon, 4-5 cake slices of butter and some seasonings…all in the body cavity) the skin will easily peel off with a fork and if done well the meat will fall off the bones in your plate if you grap the spine with your fork and give it a good shake. You can also fry t
    hem and peel the skin as well easily. On a hot fire 5-7 minutes a side in aluminum foil does the trick. Another popular way is on a cedar plank and you slow cook them on the grill with indirect heat…I think they would dry out too much though so I didn’t ever try that method.

    See ya at the cabin and in the river (early Saturday morning, preferably at daybreak). Play cards till dawn and catch some fun and/or fish till noon…..sleep later after some SEC football, sounds like a guys weekend to me.

    David Moon

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