Dale Hollow's Guide to the best Smallmouth fishing in the World
2013 Smalljaw Members & Elite Tournament Schedule
Elite Dates: March 16th &17th
Members Tournament Dates: December 15th & 16th
Locations are at Horse Creek Resort and both have PAA Members payouts
Note: The Horse Creek Invitational/Billy Westmoreland Tournament is December 7th & 8th
Please log into the Fourm for current reports:
Here is a fun video a good friend I fish with on Ky Lake having some fun in his new Phoenix. Timmy Messer and his friend shot this video on his pro cam and look at the big fish he boats using a smalljaw series white rod. Thanks guys, just wish I was with you.
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Smalljaw Champions Elite Winner!!
What a spread of food Friday night and I could not have been in a better place with better people. Was great to hang out with everyone and just have fun and talk about the fishing. Congrats to Adam V as he won the Smalljaw 2013 Elite Tournament. His one over for two days was enough to win it all. Caught on the fly his 4lb 76oz smallmouth paid off. Nice $700 pay off for a free entry and fun weekend.
Friday night was thick as the yearly Calcutta was auctioned off. The contestants were running up the cost per boat. Boy was it deep in cabin #21. But fun and ended up going to the winner (Bobble Head) Bobby with a $1100 pay out for purchasing Adam V's boat to win it. Congrats Bobby.
Reports of a lot of fish being caught on Jerk-baits and jigs with the largemouth population up in full swing but the smallmouth just alittle behind. But over all it was the right fish that brought home the dough. Till next year. Great to see everyone. Ar
Thanks to Keith, Greg and Thomas and all those that cooked Friday night and even you T-man. A special thanks to our sponsors of this event. Horse Creek Resort and Big Hammer. Without them this would not be possible. Glad to have you on board. Ar and the smalljaw crew.
Smalljaw Champions Crowned for 7th Annual Members Tournament
Congrats to Team Miles/Ortwein with a total weight of 7.34 pounds with a two day total of 4 fish under 16 inches to take home the 7th Annual Smalljaw Members Tournament Championship.
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Their first day fish weighing 3.51 pounds and 2nd day fish at 3.81 was enough to take home the Win! It was a tuff weekend with no fish over 21 inches caught. It was consistant unders that was part of the game plan and after day one the field was left wide open for anyone to win. But the team of Miles/Ortwein stayed consistant and was the winning ticket in this years event.
The runner-up spot was claimed by a father son Team Militana/Militana. Also with a 4 fish total for two days, with day 1 fish coming in at a total weight of 3.56 pounds and day 2 fish at 3.17 pounds was almost enough and again consistancy being the key but was just not enough to take the 1st place spot. Close but toal combined weight coming in at 6.73 pounds.
Third place went to Team Haunert/Glass with also a 4 fish total for 2 days. Day 1 totaling 3.27 pounds and day 2 totaling 2.88 pounds with a total combined weight of 6.15 pounds.
Brother team of Arms/Arms finished just behind in fourth-place with a 3 fish limit with day 1 total at 3.83 pounds and was in the lead after day1 but day 2 was just 1 fish coming to the scales at 1.84 pounds with combined total weight of 5.67 pounds. With one more fish it could have changed the field for sure after a good day one bag. .
The rest of the top ten included:
* 5th-Blackwell/Jones with one fish Saturday and 2 on Sunday with total weight of 5.43 pounds;
* 6th-Haunert/Brisben), three 'unders,'4.88 pounds;
* 7th-Paschal/Graves, three 'unders', 3.72-pound total;
* 8th-Weaver/Weaver, 2 fish Sunday, 3.50-pound total; and
* 10th-Haunert/Haunert, two 'unders,' 3.25 pounds.
Team Gill/Gill took day one honors with big green fish that came to the scales at 4.15 pounds; and day 2 big green went to team Ramsry/Clevenger with a 2.18 pound largemouth.
Big smallmouth for the tournament went to team Blackwell/Jones with a under coming in at 2.18 pounds.
Was great to be back with such fine men and I had a blast seeing and spending my weekend with all of you. Look forward to the Elite in March.
Horse Creek and Smalljaw leadership offered their gratitude to all 62 competitors after the final weigh-in and recognized guides Keith Palmiero (smally7) and Greg Brisendine (bris) for their efforts in directing the tournament. Also a special thank you to Jerry Your for his $100 pay out for 5th place.
Nashville team uses historic 4-fish limit to become 29th "Billy" tourney champs
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Nashville team uses historic 4-fish limit to become 29th "Billy" tourney champs By THOMAS P. WEAVER www.dalehollowhorizon.com CELINA, TN
-Another epic smallmouth-only tournament was held here at Horse Creek Resort on December 3-4 and this year those on hand witnessed a history-making weigh-in with heavy weights, big numbers, and an over-$8,000 purse from an 81-boat field, along with an occurrence that has only happened one other time on Dale Hollow Lake.
The champions of the 29th Annual Horse Creek-Billy Westmoreland Memorial Smallmouth Invitational, Robert Brownlee and Scott Brummett of Nashville, carried a 4-fish limit to the scales on Saturday--a feat accomplished only one other time back in 2006 by tournament winners Matt Myers and Kelly Ricker. Brownlee and Brummett zeroed on Sunday, but their pair under 16 inches and twin four-pound 21-inchers tipping the scales at 12.21 pounds the first day was enough to secure the win and the $2,736 first-place purse.
Coming in a close second were Darrell Foster and Tim Hayden of Bristol. They had their two 'unders' the first day and opened eyes on Sunday with a three-fish bag weighing in at over eight pounds, 5.16 pounds of which came from the second-day big fish that netted them an additional $810. Their two-day total of 12.03 pounds handed them the runner-up spot and the second-place money worth $1,520. Gary Saunders and Greg Engle of Gallipolis,
OH notched third place on the final board thanks in part to the heaviest smallmouth of the tournament--a 5.25-pound brute that won them the first-day big fish award worth $810. It, paired with two under 16 inches Saturday, and another pair of 'unders' at the final weigh-in brought their total to 11.89 pounds allowing them to pocket $912 as the second runner-up.
Fourth place and $608 was snatched up by the team of Matt Alliston from Louisville, KY and Jason Ramsey from Speedway, IN. Despite only having two small fish weighing in at 3.34 pounds on Saturday, the duo finished in the money after catching an 'over' weighing 3.91 pounds and two more just shy of 16 inches the last day to total 10.69 pounds.
The final paid position was claimed by Ellis Bevill of Chattanooga and Jamie Lawson of Jacksboro. They sat in third place on day one with a three-fish sack weighing 7.64 pounds (4.90-lb. 'over'), but slid down the final leaderboard to fifth after blanking on Sunday. Fortunately, the weight was enough to net them $304 for finishing in the top five.
Don Lowe and Johnny Arnold of Bristol finished just out of the money in sixth place with a heavy foursome of 'unders' weighing 7.59 pounds, and the following made up the rest of the top 10: •
7th-David and Don Cruser of Fortville and Greenfield, IN, 4 fish, 7.35 pounds; •
8th-Eddie Nuckols of Jonesborough and Dave Lisenby of Kingsport, 4 fish, 6.99 pounds; •
9th-Ron Estep and Jerry Gee of Grayson, KY, 3 fish (4.17-lb. 'over'), 6.95 pounds; and •
10th-Brian Hatfield of Ashland, KY and Andrew Hanson of Tomahawk, KY, 4 fish, 6.93 pounds
. Another angler was recognized for his efforts after final weigh-in and given some Billy Westmoreland memorabilia despite not making the top 10. Nine-year-old Zeke Gaffney of Crab Orchard, KY, was the youngest angler to compete in this year's event and he carried three fish under 16 inches long to the scales he caught while fishing with his father Josh--a feat drawing the additional honor.
Final numbers showed over 150 smallmouth weighed adding up to a total of over 250 pounds, with a total of seven big fish over 21 inches long in the two-day tournament, evidence of the continued reign of the lake as the "Smallmouth Capital of the World." The tournament is unique and only fished by a select group, because participants must reside at least 100 miles from Horse Creek and the event is 'invitation-only' with a closed list. Next year's tournament will mark the 30th anniversary of the event founded by Westmoreland and Horse Creek owner Jack Huddleston, and it will honor the 10th anniversary of the death of the smallmouth legend. Horse Creek offered their thanks to all participants, helpers, and supporters of the 2011 tournament affectionally known to its patrons as "The Billy." For more about Horse Creek, visit them online at www.horsecreek-resort.com.
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Ben Parker's: Bass Under Glass, Unlocking Mega Schools. Video
From spring time to early fall Ben Parker fishes on the Bassmaster Elite Series Tour. He is known widely as an electronics guru. In between his tournament schedule Ben offers a personal one on one electronics training lesson where he jumps in your boat and takes a close inspection of your electronics. In most cases people want to see what large schools of bass look like on today's side imaging and structure scans so he spends a few hours on the water getting a closer look. However Ben will focus a lesson on what you are struggling to learn. Ben also has part one of his new DVD series just released called "Bass Under Glass." In this video Ben shows what settings he uses and gives a brief description about gaining a better perspective of what your seeing on your electronics. He then goes out of Kentucky Lake during mid July and shows what "Mega Schools" of bass look like and then catches a few to prove what he is seeing. The video is filled with screen snapshots of the actual schools of fish as well as many other examples. This video is almost 1 hour and has lots of useful information.
Click into the Tackle Shop to purchase. Well worth the time and money to watch. Ar
Pillroller and Tnbronzeback hold on to capture
Smalljaw night tournament championship
The 2011 Smalljaw Night Tournament champions were crowned at Horse Creek Resort Saturday night after two nights of fishing and Ellis (Pillroller) Bevil & Jamie (Tnbronzeback) Lawson came out on top winning by less than a half-pound. They held off second-place finishers Pate (Plang) Langley and Bill (Bhaunert) Haunert by the slim margin to win a total of $680. Pillroller and Tn's total of 8.79 pounds handed them the first-place purse worth $525, but they also took home additional cash over the weekend. Their bag was made up of two fish under 16 inches long--one of which tipped the scales at 2.11 pounds netting them $50 for the first-night 'big under,' and a 4.07-pound 21-incher the first night giving them half the 'big fish' award worth $105, but their small under the second night made all the difference allowing them to hold on to the win. Continued
Southern Woods and Waters & Keith Palmiero
Smalljaw Night Crews
Fished Sunday night with my son Jonathan, nephew Hank, and good friend Easmallie! We caught 28 smallmouth. It was Hank's first trip with me, first trip to Dale Hollow, and first trip for lake smallies. His first fish of the night was a 21-1/4" over!! Needless to say he is definately "Hooked on the Thump" as Bris says!! We had several fish over 18", 4 over 20", and Hank's one over 21". The highlight of the night was seeing Hank's face when he caught his monster as he called it.LOL I now hav another fishin buddy!!! Fish were caught on rocky banks in about 15-20 ft of water with the channel close by on a deerhair jig that i tie myself which proves that they will hit anything!LOL
Night Shift End of July
Back after them this weekend, after taking a couple weeks off. Still same ole grid, no generation yet, lake level stiil above summer pool and the water temps in the low 90's. Bite seems to have changed a little, fish are not everywhere. They are starting to stack up a little in certain places. Friday night was different from Saturday night, might be on flats one night and drops the next. Fish are bitting my jig now in the 15' to 25' range depending on what type of structure I am fishing. Landed 9 on Friday night and a doz on Saturday night, with both nights producing low quanity but great quality. Did not have a fish this past weekend under 18" and managed one over 21", lots of fish in the 19" to 20.5" having me pull out the golden rule several times.
Wow!!!! What a mount. This is a re-paint of Billy Westmorelands 10 lber he caught done by none other that Butch with Butch's Taxidermy. This was the mount at the Dale Hollow One Stop we have all been seeing for years when we have gone in there to shop for baits. You have out done yourself Butch. Fine job, we are honered to have you as a part of our Smalljaw community. Ar To look at some of Butch's great Smallmouth work click on the link to the left on Butch's Taxidermy. I have added some more pictures of his latest work.
Night Bite (First Timer)
Monday night was my first foray into several things such as night time fishing for small mouth, casting a spinning reel with artificial lures, and in general just getting on the water with a guide for the first time at night. Greg from Dusk to Dawn guide service picked Josh and I up at Willow Grove at 8pm. Fished several points, mostly between fifteen and twenty foot with decent sucess. We put about ten fish in the boat, but the rain made us call it quits early. I probably had the longest fish at almost 22 inches. We had a great time and I feel like ive got a decent start for the rest of my two weeks on vacation for night fishing. Kudos to Greg for helping us get the feel for hair jigs, and fishing at night in general. I just want to say thanks to Greg for making the transition to night fishing less painful, I really dont know what more I could have asked of a guide. He was very personable, extremely knowledgable,and seemed to be very eager to help a novice like myself. Looking forward to my next lesson on The Dale.
Tom Travels to Minnesota
Spent last week fishing Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota with Gary Kubal , Bobby Bare and Butch Obert. This lake is big (35 miles across!), about 100 miles north of Minneapolis and loaded with smallmouth. The folks up there fish for Walleye mostly and consider smallmouths a trash fish. Crazy Yankees! We had a blast catching dozens of 2.5 to 3 lbers as well as a bunch in the 3 to 4 lb range. My biggest fish was right at 5 lbs. The lake was about 65 degrees and the fish seemed to be in pre-spawn mode. Most were mean, hard fighting males while the bigger fish were fat girls loaded with eggs. The shaky head with a 4-5 inch Senko worm caught most of the fish. Color didn't seem to matter-these fish were hungry. The bigger fish were caught on the Peanut head with an avocado chunk (thanks Andrew!) We also got a few on top water and tubes. All in all a fabulous trip and we're already planning a trip for next year. We're thinking late June or early July might be a little better with the fish in post spawn.
This is my first post on Smalljaw. My son Adam is an active member, and I have been following this forum for that reason for several years. I have also had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the Elite tournaments with Adam. The reason I decided to post now after so long was to be able to give some reports from time to time when Adam is not able to fish. When I told him that I might fish the Saturday night tournament with his mother this past weekend, there was a dead silence. Then after a long pause, he said he would have to make a game plan and that he would call me back. When he returned the call, he had a series of ten areas that we have caught overs before. Most of them were rocky points because apparently from what he heard they weren't on flats. He said if I kept it simple and stuck with a hair jig he ties he thought I would have about a 50% chance of catching an over. To me those were good enough odds to enter, so I convinced my substitute fishing partner, my wife of 36 years, Karen to come along and off we went to buy her a fishing license. However, on the boat she refused to fish. After extensive negotiations she did agree to net my fish if she was not on the phone or searching the internet on her smart phone. Lucky for me she was off the phone when I caught my over. We had a catch of nine fish overall with an under measuring 13.5 inches and an over at 21.5. We came in 4th with a combined weight of 4.84. As you can see from the picture, we are still working on her photography skills at night. It was a great evening overall, and I look forward to a few more tournaments with my new fishing partner until Adam gets off his ICU rotation.
Fished the lower end last night with my brother which was a long over due trip for the two of us. Caught a couple before dark on a swimbait and football jig. Then caught a dozen or so more after dark. I did nail one nice 21 3/4" bruiser but the rest were nice slot fish and unders. I swear those smaller slot fish fight harder than the big ones. The smaller fish were really acrobatic last night as well. We had a couple jump about 4 feet out of the water. We caught most of our fish on jigs but we did get two small ones on a spinnerbait. We switched jig types (hair jigs, peanut, standard rubber) all night and got bit on all of them. I caught more on the hair jig though. We pretty much stayed on the main lake all night and the bite seemed to get better for us after midnight. The depth we got bites varied between 10-25ft. We usually kept the boat in 25-40.
Fished Saturday and Sunday night with my buddy Geoff (Basskicker). We ended up with 27 fish for the two nights with 2 overs and a nice largemouth. Most fish were caught on a shaky head baby brush hog or super hog. Also, caught a couple decent ones on a spinnerbait. Grass and channel points seemed to be the pattern. It was nice to give the night time bite a try.
Smalljaw RespectGot to head out for some night time action this past weekend. I had been off the water for about a month (graduation / wedding / honeymoon) and was really looking forward to what will be my last trip before my intern year starts this week. Fortunately, the bite did not disappoint, and I got to share the boat with some really great company. The first night I fished was with my dad on Thursday. We fished the tournament out of Dale Hollow Marina (7pm-11pm) and caught 16, but only had two unders to take to the scales. Brandon and Steve joined me Friday night from 7pm-1am. We had 21 for the night with a really good over that was almost exactly the length of the golden rule before dark. We also had a couple incidental walleyes which Brandon and Steve said would be a crime to throw back...lol. I always enjoy sharing the boat with those two. Saturday night my dad and I fished the tournament out of Starpoint (7pm-1am). We ended up placing 2nd with an over/under pair that went 5.89lbs. The 21.5" over was caught in the final hour which made for a really exciting ride back to the scales with my dad. We fished a couple spots after the tournament to finish the night with 20 (13 during the tournament and 7 after). I was able to stay out Sunday night and fish with my good friend Mark. We didn't get started until late but fished to sunrise (11pm-5am) catching 16 for the night. The quality of fish this weekend was just remarkable with the majority of fish measuring between 18-20 inches. As far as the report goes...there are a couple patterns that were pretty strong. The first was a really good hair jig bite on main lake points. The bite was coming in 15-20 feet with the boat generally in 30-35 feet. There was also a really good spinnerbait bite on open water humps and flats in 10-20 feet of water. We caught fish on a couple other techniques as well when they were feeding more aggressively. I think thats it for me for the month of July as my first rotation is in the ICU. Hopefully I will be back out in August.
Smalljaw Elite Tourney Winners
03-12 & 13-2011
What a weekend! I can’t say enough about the smalljaw family! This was a fantastic time with some of the greatest people I have ever met. The food was unbelievable, and I already can’t wait for next year. If none of you have ever participated in this event, you really need to give it a shot! It is the best weekend of the entire year.
I would like to thank Thomas and Mitch at Horse Creek for putting up the money for this great event. I also would like to thank Steve Niemoeller, the owner of Steel Shad Lures (www.steelshad.com) for stepping up and giving us $100 for big green fish. Also, Jerry York (Pork) stepped up and added another $100 for big green fish. This gave us $100 each day for big fish. Thanks guys, without people like you, none of this would be possible. Continued
1st place - Jason Ramsey - $500.00
2nd place - Jerry York - $300.00
3rd place – Nick Haunert - $200.00
Wow!!!! What a mount. This is Bill Haurnert and his Big Fish Mount he won from Butch's Taxidermy. What attention to detail. Congrats Bill. Ar
Smalljaw Tourney Winners
Another great year has passed, and as usual another great Smalljaw tx. The 4th anual smalljaw tx was a huge success and we owe it all to you, the members, for making it that way!
Day one went well with overcast skies, but warmer than normal temps. It was in the mid 50's most of the day, with the wind picking up in the afternoon from the aproaching cold front. One of the biggest challenges that the teams faced was that most of the lake was in full Turn Over. Still, there were a lot of great fish brought to the scales with three over 21 being brought in. Bill Haunert's giant 5.5# beauty was the largest of the three and of the tourney.
Day one's largest green fish was caught by Jamie Lawson and weighed in at 5.17#'s.
The largest under was brought to the scales by team Noodle and Ben and weighed in at 2.15#'s Day two brought even greater challenges with the dropping temps throughout the night and the sleet and snow that came with it. Decks of boats became very slippery and were a safety consern to some. The temps were very cold and in the low 20's. These are tough conditions, but with this group of anglers, most went out! No overs were brought in this day but plenty of unders and some good green fish.
Day 2 big smallmouth, big green fish and big under went all to team Renneisen and Brown! The big green was 3.69# and the smally weighed in at 2.24#. Congrats guys!!
First place winners were team Haunert and Haunert with 7.76# and the big smallmouth of the tx!!
Second place winners were team Bell and Robertson with 3 good unders and an over coming in at 7.73#.
Third place winners were team Renneisen and Brown with 4 unders at 7.07#.
Forth place winners were team Evertt and Darby with an over and 2 good unders that came in at 6.92#.
Fifth place was taken by team Arms and Arms with 4 good unders that came in at 6.5#
All in all the tourney was a great success and I already can't wait for next year.
Thanks to all the helped out and to all our sponcers who donated prizes!
Big thanks to Greg Brisendine, Thomas Weaver, Brandon Cross, Tom Weaver, and Greg Pasctel.
And our sponcers: Punisher Lures, Big Hammer Swimbaits, Steelshad, Legal Limit Lures, and Kimberly Clark. Of course it always goes without saying, a BIG THANKS to Horse Creek for thier hospitality and helping out with the tourney. Without them none of it would be possible. Continued
Horse Creek Westmoreland Winners
1st Place - Adam Scoggins/Jack Watson 13.66 lbs - $2592 2nd Day BF - Adam Scoggins/jack Watson 4.94 lbs - $770 2nd Place - Eddie Nuckols/Larry Self 10.29 lbs - $1440 3rd Place - Matt Alliston/Jason Ramsey 10.00lbs - $864 4th Place - Oscar Torbett/Matt Jenkins 7.17 lbs - $576 5th Place - Schlensker/Sermershiem 6.80 lbs - $288 1st Day BF - Curt Compton/Todd Miller 5.06 lbs - $770Continued
2nd Day BF - Adam Scoggins/jack Watson 4.94 lbs - $770