I'm Jim Root, one of the most published anglers on the topic of fish behavior as it relates to weather conditions. If you have questions let me know!
By: Jim Root , 11:05 PM GMT on June 08, 2014
Chickamauga Lake is a BOMB of huge fish, and it’s about to explode!
If there’s one thing I have learned, and in a very cold and humbling way at that, it’s that trying to nail down the weather forecast part of my practice and tournament game-plan in Tennessee can be incredibly difficult. Storm systems are constantly changing direction and duration, resulting in conditions that can leave you scrambling for a plan D! So bear with me when I say this but, as of right now (6pm Sunday night), should the weather forecast hold up, we could see something legendary this week at Bassfest.
Let me set the stage for what is predicted during most of this event that is packed with the most talented anglers in the world: overcast skies, favorable wind and moon phase, likelihood of rain 4 of the 5 days (cross your fingers and hope the lightening doesn’t come with it), a barometer that will be falling at some point during each day of competition, and modest temperatures during the day with no significantly cold nights to speak of. Let us not forget this is a TVA lake, meaning these fish will respond to current. With rain forecasted for much of the week, water will be moving, and fish will be chompin. What’s most interesting is Wednesday, because the conditions look like the kind that I lie in bed at night dreaming about. Not everyone shares my enthusiasm for wind and rain, but the fish, in particular the BIG fish, will be easier to catch, thereby showing themselves and giving anglers an added boost of confidence going into Thursday and even carry that angler all week.
This lake manufactures huge bass. Most, if not all of you, have seen the 13-plus-pounder that was just caught there a week ago. Chickamauga also showed a mega school to my friend Casey Martin last year when he sacked over 100 pounds and narrowly beat his closest competitor by about 20 pounds. Narrowly, lol. If these conditions for cloudy skies and choppy water can hold up, then guys who favor cranking and can find those big schools have the potential to show us what we all suspect this lake is capable of. I think there’s even a chance that the single day record of 45-2 set by Dean Rojas could fall Wednesday (no disrespect, Dean).
This week I like Cliff Crochet, BP, Hank Cherry, Rick Morris, and my NY brother Joe Sancho, with Hank my pick to win, but I almost picked Randy Howell because this week reminds me of The Classic, only much warmer.
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