East Tennesee Striper Fishing Guide

Fintastic selected for Bass Pro Shops fishing team!

Fintastic has become one the areas only Bass Pro Shops fishing team member. We are very excited about the fishing team and the relationship with Bass Pro Shops. Thanks to Chris, Robbie, Elaine, Jeff, Kyle and the entire staff at the Sevierville store for making this happen!

fintastic-makoWe are phasing out the 19 foot Glasstream boat and replaced it with a 204CC MAKO boat. This boat is fully equipped from 200 hp Mercury Verado to the Minn-Kota – Terrova trolling motor. The Murcury Verado engine is unbelievable in performance from hole shot to top end. The SmartCraft engine gauges display everything from fuel level, RPM, trim, engine temperature and additionally it gives you the ability to precisely control your engine when trolling. The trolling feature allows you to adjust your engines RPM by increments of 10 RPM. We are about 7.5 Hours into the 10 Hour engine break-in procedure, the engine and controls have preformed flawlessly. We have been cruising around Cherokee Lake last Sunday afternoon. We hope to be on the lake again this weekend to complete break-in on the engine.

Water temperatures are in to 40.2 to 42.6 degree range depending on where you are at on the lake. The warmest water was around the dam and cooling towards German Creek area. We found one group of actively feeding birds toward evening, plenty of bait under the birds, but no feeding fish. We did, however, find a few fish suspended around bait at point 13 and 15. I must report that we are still looking for the first fish to be caught on board the Mako!