THE CUMBERLAND RIVER STRIPER FISHING REPORT MARCH 7
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THE CUMBERLAND RIVER STRIPER FISHING REPORT MARCH 7

CAPTAIN JIM’S CUMBERLAND RIVER FISHING

REPORT

Provided by Captain Jim Durham

Owner StriperFun Guide Service, Dale Hollow Charters, Superbaittanks.com

Captain Jim Marine Electronics & Captain Jim Lures

DATE OF REPORT: March 7, 2017

• Latest water temperature: 47.3 ° F surface (Cumberland River): March 7, 2017

Greetings to my readers! I hope that the world finds you and your family doing well!

KAPOW ! BAM! KAPOW! BIG FISH AND LOTS OF

THEM!!!!!

CUMBERLAND RIVER STRIPER FISHING

We are now full into 2017 season and spring is nearly upon us! With 3 fish last year over 50

pounds, several 40 pounders and numerous 30 pound plus fish the Cumberland River

continues to prove why she is a world class fishery!

When you use large Trout as bait on the Cumberland River we only target big Trophy fish!

Through the winter months is traditionally when some of the largest 50 pound plus fish are

caught!

As we now move through March, the "big fish bite" will heat up on the Cumberland River in

Tennessee! Beautiful scenery, crystal clear water and great fishing! The weather has been mild

and we have had clear water. These are prime conditions and we have Striper, as well as

Walleye and Sauger openings!

I had the pleasure of taking Terry Partin and his grandson John Luke and we had a fabulous

day! Terry nailed a nice 25 pounder and John Luke hit two big fish, one 39 inches (32 pounds)

and one 36 inches (23 pounds).

Enjoy the photos!

Terry Partin is one of the Directors of the South Central Kentucky Outdoor Expo held every

year in Adair County – Columbia KY the first Saturday in August. This is a huge Outdoor

Hunting and Fishing Expo with lots of vendors selling tons of hunting and fishing gear! They

also hold the KY State Turkey calling contest and much more. I will be a guest speaker this

year and Hank Parker is coming this year as well! You can read all about it on the Expo face

book page South Central Kentucky Outdoor Expo.

Click the link below to book:

https://www.striperfun.com/pages/bookacharter.php

NOW IS THE TIME – Come see us for BIG Stripers as well as the Walleye and Sauger! Either

click the above link to book, or you can call me at 931-403- 2501.

CUMBERLAND RIVER WALLEYE AND SAUGER FISHING

WITH TENNESSEE WALLEYE CHARTERS!!

My company Tennessee Walleye Charters provides fabulous Walleye and Sauger fishing on the

Cumberland River all winter long! Be sure to book your March through April Walleye and

Sauger trips on the Cumberland River. You are really going to love this exciting way to fish

this beautiful river!

See below some of our recent Cumberland River winter Sauger photos:

We hope to see you on the Cumberland River soon!

As an FYI, in about a month and a half (late April) we will be switch over to Dale Hollow for

the Walleye bite! We are already booking those dates!

Click below to book your trip!

http://www.striperfun.com/pages/bookacharter.php

In about a month and a half (late April) we will be switch over to Dale Hollow for the Walleye

bite! We are already booking those dates!

WILLOW GROVE RESORT LODGING

 

As a professional fishing guide who has boated and fished on Dale Hollow Lake for over 50

years, I always want to make sure my customers are taken care. For super nice cabin

accommodations on Dale Hollow, I always recommend Willow Grove Resort!

Imagine waking up overlooking one of the largest and most scenic lakes in the Eastern United

States. Dale hollow is truly paradise! It has over 620 miles of shoreline (average depth 80 feet)

with over 27,000 plus acres of crystal clear water

Willow Grove Resort Marina offers spacious lodging in a variety of cabin settings right on

Dale Hollow Lake with great lake views!

All Willow Grove Resort lodging rentals have cable TV, microwave, small refrigerator and

coffee maker as well as year round heat and air to keep you comfortable. We pride ourselves

on the cleanliness of our rooms!

To book a Cabin, call Captain Jim Durham at 931-403- 2501 and I can take your deposit

and customize your entire trip for you, including boat rentals as well as fishing trips!!

About StriperFun Guide Service

As a United States Air Force Veteran, U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine officer, USCG Aux

Search and Rescue Coxswain and as a Firefighter, Captain Jim Durham is the owner/founder of

StriperFun Guide Service. StriperFun provides charters in KY on Lake Cumberland, on Tims

Ford Lake in TN and Captain Jim’s Cumberland River Adventures in TN. Jim’s businesses

also include Captain Jim Lures, Superbaittanks.com and much more……

StriperFun’s fishing charter businesses are one of the largest and best known charter fishing

guide services in the Cumberland Plateau region. As a former B.A.S.S. fisherman (presented a

“Lifetime membership” award many years ago), Captain Jim has been fishing and/or guiding

on Lake Cumberland and on the Cumberland River in TN for most of his adult life, fishing the

Upper Cumberland Plateau Region 52 years since he was six years old. Captain Jim is very

well known and respected by marina owners, lake area business owners and regional law

enforcement.

Captain Jim personally holds multiple licenses and memberships:

 

 Licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife as a fishing

guide, with privileges to take customers fishing (Kentucky License # 007).

 Licensed as well by the State of Tennessee Department of Fish and Wildlife as a fishing guide.

 Licensed as a United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer, holding a Captain's license

(Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer License # 1037731).

 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Staff Officer, holding a “Coxswain” (Patrol Captain’s

Search and Rescue) rating with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Captain Jim and his guides run hundreds of fishing charters a year. All StriperFun Captains are

licensed, insured and are well trained in CPR & First Aid with no less than 20 years experience

per man (a combined 180 plus years of experience). StriperFun has worked to be one of the

best known guide services in the Cumberland Plateau region and will work hard to deliver "big

trophy fish". You can count on the fact that your group will be treated with the utmost

professional care and safety.

Different than many basic guide services, StriperFun also caters to corporate groups as well as

to families (and couples). Our guide boats are covered and heated during the winter months to

get clients out of inclement weather. Our trips include all equipment & tackle as well as bait.

Your trip also includes the cleaning and bagging of your catch (Lake trips) as well as photos for

you to remember your trip.

Jim personally charters out of a 2015 new 24 foot center console Alweld Escort Bay boat.

Powered by a 2015 Mercury 150 four (4) stroke outboard (I love my Mercury!). She is quiet to

sneak up on big fish and fast to cover a lot of water! She has 24 mile radar, full Humminbird

electronics, a Minn Kota trolling motor, a 50 Gallon Super Bait Tank, a huge 7 foot long 6 foot

wide Atlantic Towers T-Top (covering you from rain) and is heated and can be quickly

enclosed for really cold or wet days. This rig is the ultimate guide boat! She has "tons" of for

moving around and fighting big fish and also has comfortable seating for the trip.

All StriperFun guide boats have the most modern electronics, fishing gear and Coast Guard

safety equipment and are covered in inclement weather for customer comfort!

StriperFun is a strong supporter of our nation’s military men and women as well as our police

and firefighters, offering a 10 % discount as a “thank you” for their service!

CAPTAIN JIM ON THE RADIO!

I did a fishing radio talk show recently on WHAS 840 out of Louisville on the “Jim Strader”

Great Outdoors show. It is broadcast to 17 States. I had the pleasure of being on the air with Jim

Strader for almost 2 hours, covering fishing on Lake Cumberland and the Cumberland River.

You can listen to the radio show by clicking: http://whas.iheart.com/media/play/27193712/

I hope you enjoy it! I am generally on Sunday nights at 6:30 pm eastern.

CAPTAIN JIM LOVES HIS MERCURY 4 STROKE AND SO WILL YOU!

I love my Mercury PRO XS 150 four stroke! It has unbeatable gas mileage, trolls slow for me

when I need it to and gets me to the fish when I am in a hurry! It is dependable, virtually no

maintenance and starts every time!

For people who demand speed and acceleration from their outboards, the OptiMax Pro XS is

the only choice!

CLICK BELOW TO GO TO THE MERCURY SITE!

https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/engines/outboard/

CASTING

We are casting Captain Jim lures to the occasional (this time of year) surfacing fish:

STRIPERFUN’S FULL

LINE UP OF LURES

Captain Jim Lures, a Division of Striperfun.com, sells the top of the line hair jigs (captain Jim

Specials) and blade baits (Little Friends), as well as the “Striper Mugger”, the “Tennessee

Thumper” and the “Walleye Dazzler”! These lures have been heavily field tested, are super easy

to cast (or troll) and besides being Striper magnets, they also absolutely wear out the Large

Mouth, Spots, Walleye and Small Mouth!

Click the link below to go to the StriperFun website and watch the new lures as their photos will

appear (a new photo “pops in” every few seconds) in the middle of the top of the screen on the

first page. Click any photo of any lure that to go in and read more about the newly designed

lures and to see enhanced photos!

You can also watch them demonstrated on YouTube by clicking the links below:

“Tennessee Thumper”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba8uN6NYhk8

To buy this lure click: http://www.striperfun.com/store/tennessee-thumper- p-

42.html?%3CosCsid%3E

“Walleye Dazzler”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfuizmHF9r0

To buy this lure click: http://www.striperfun.com/store/wall…zler-p- 43.html

“Striper Mugger”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46aVV…e=results_main

To buy this lure click: http://www.striperfun.com/store/stri…gger-p- 46.html

“Captain Jim Hair Jigs and Blade Baits”:

http://www.striperfun.com/store/stri…b2964914829f7a

You can also purchase Captain Jim lures at the Willow Grove Marina ship store on Dale

Hollow and at Grider Hill Marina on Lake Cumberland!

SUPER BAIT TANKS

To really hit the “monster” Stripers, you need to use the freshest live shad. Not only can

catching fresh shad be tough, keeping them alive used to be virtually impossible! Not any

longer!

The SUPER BAIT TANK has a triple filtration system, a built in oxygen infuser, a built in light

for night use and is insulated. This system has been tested to hold gizzard shad & blue black

herring for up to one week. I use only the SUPER BAIT TANK. Every guide I know uses it

and so should you! StriperFun is the exclusive NATIONAL "on line" dealer of the SUPER

BAIT TANK.

For “new” Super Bait Tank orders – call me or click:

http://www.striperfun.com/store/super-bait- tanks-c- 3.html

“SPECIAL NOTICE”

When it’s time to go boating and fishing, you want to make sure your boat is ready to hit the

water with all the equipment you need to have a great time!

StriperFun and its related companies can help!

With a full line up of the most modern marine electronics (fish finders, GPS, radar and more..)

at "way below" national chain store prices, you need to let us get you the most modern

marine electronics you have really been wanting! StriperFun also sells Captain Jim fishing

lures, Striper Fish like a Pro “how to” DVDs, Super Bait Tanks, Hydro Glow Fish lights, Fitech

bait nets and more. Captain Jim and StriperFun have everything you need to have a safe

and fun year!

As a new service, we are also providing a "bow to stern" approach of helping boaters and

fishermen “update” the equipment on their boat. This includes outfitting brand both new boats

as well as upgrading older boats (where the owners want to upgrade equipment). This also

includes full installation of all electronic and mechanical equipment (installing marine

electronics, trolling motors, down riggers, radar units, battery chargers and more!).

StriperFun and Captain Jim is a "one stop shop" for your boating and fishing upgrade needs or

to outfit your new boat! Give me a call at 931-403- 2501 or email me at

captainjim@striperfun.com

HUMMINBIRD COMBO GPS AND FISH

FINDER UNITS

All StriperFun Captains use Humminbird Side and Down Imaging units. Humminbird Fish

Finder / GPS units are simply the best on the market! When you have to depend on your

marine electronics to navigate safely at night and in the fog, as well as help you find fish, it is

one of your most valuable tools!

My Humminbird HD unit is simply great! When trolling artificial lures or live bait, I just don’t

troll “hoping” to run in to a school of fish. I am scanning up to 240 feet per each side of the

boat, looking for schools of bait and fish. When I see them (example: 3 o’clock to the starboard

or 9 o’clock to port!), I can then “turn” my boat towards the schools of bait and fish to “get in to

the strike zone”. My new Helix 12 Humminbird finder is really delivering for me! These huge

Stripers act like Largemouth in the river, stacking up and hiding behind cover in the current

to “swoop” out and hit the Trout! This new side scan technology can make the difference on a

slow day, helping me spot the patterns!

Once arriving on the schools of bait and fish, I can switch over to the “Down Imaging”,

“Quadrabeam Plus” or “Switch Fire” sonar systems to let me see with great clarity (each

technology providing a different yet important view!) exactly where the fish are and how they

are orientating.

Why troll “blind” when you can scan surrounding water to see where the “big ones” are!!

It makes all the difference in the world, turning a slow fishing day into a great catching

day!

My Humminbird Fish Finder is a guide’s best friend. As a Field Staff member of Johnson

Outdoors, I strongly recommend this product to any open water fishermen. To be successful,

you need to learn to use your marine electronics. If you are looking for new marine electronics,

feel free to call me and I can make some solid suggestions on HUMMINBIRD COMBO GPS

AND FISH FINDER UNITS.

MINN KOTA TROLLING MOTORS

FROM JOHNSON OUTDOORS

I only use the Minn Kota “Rip Tide” trolling motors from Johnson Marine and so should you!

As a professional fishing charter Captain, my livelihood depends on my trolling motor working

every time – every day! For 15 years I have used Minn Kota trolling motors and my “Rip Tide”

trolling motor never lets me down!

With “cool” features like the hands free “Auto Pilot and “I” Pilot functions, I can set my motor

to go a specific direction and turn my back to deploy lines and have full confidence it will stay

on course no matter the weather conditions!

For using a “drop shot” on the fish, once I locate a nice an active school I simply push a button

on “I” Pilot functions control and it “electronically anchors me” directly over the fish. If the

winds blows me off the spot, the “I” Pilot brings me right back and again “electronically

anchors” me back over the fish.

Man, is that cool or what? I would never consider using anything else but a Minn Kota

trolling motor!

GIVE THE BEST GIFT OF ALL, A FISHING TRIP WITH CAPTAIN JIM AND STRIPERFUN

GUIDE SERVICE!

The gift of a weekend package deal (or even a one day fishing trip) with StriperFun Guide

Service makes a great Christmas or birthday present for Dad, a brother or for the family and

kids, or can make a great bonus for an employee or a promotion for a customer! We fish year

round and our trips are very popular and our booking dates fill up fast!

Fishing is family friendly and wholesome. So if you are interested in giving the perfect gift to

that special someone, order a fishing gift certificate today!

Call me at 931-403- 2501 or email me at: captainjim@striperfun.com

SPECIAL NOTICE – STRIPER FISHING

TRAINING WITH CAPTAIN JIM!

For years, as I have done radio and TV shows as well as outdoors and boat show seminars on

Striper fishing, I have been approached by the “nicest” people who have a true desire to learn

more about the great sport of Striper fishing. There are always lots of questions asked regarding

the numerous different techniques involved in our great sport.

Unfortunately, many times, it is hard to explain things and answer questions when you are not

out on the water (to be able to physically demonstrate what you are talking about!). Initially,

this is why I created my (hot selling!) "Striper Fish like a Pro" instructional 3 DVD

"Trilogy". This gave new (and even experienced!) fishermen a lot of good solid data on how

we "Pros" do what we do, etc.

But from the constant feedback I get I have learned that more information and training is

wanted! Because of this continual strong request and demand for more information and Striper

fishing training, I now offer "hands on and personalized" Striper fishing technique training with

"on the water" instructional trips! These will be trips on my new Alweld that will allow

customers to “narrow down and focus in on” a large and diverse group of specific areas of

Striper fishing they want to learn more about. It will also allow me to provide very precise and

detailed training in a direct on the water "one on one" teaching environment!

The Striper fishing technique training subjects will include (but not be limited to):

MULTI SKILL TROLLING SECRETS INCLUDING UMBRELLA RIG – DOWN

RIGGING AND SLIDE DIVERS TROLLING;

HOW TO SET YOUR BOAT UP CORRECTLY FOR BIG GAME FISHING TO BE

SUCCESSFUL;

HOW TO READ MARINE ELECTRONICS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE GREAT

NEW LINE OF HUMMINBIRD FISH FINDER / GPS UNITS;

LIVE BAIT TECHNIQUES (EVERY POSSIBLE SCENARIO HOW TO FISH LIVE

BAIT, AS WELL AS TRICKS FOR KEEPING YOUR BAIT FRISKY!);

CASTING AND RETRIEVING TECHNIQUES AND WHAT LURES TO USE IN

VARIOUS SITUATIONS.

And dozens of more subjects!!!

Training trips are $75.00 an hour with a 4 hour minimum and are held afternoons beginning at

noon. I suggest you book at least 30 days in advance as they are already getting popular and I

am booking up.

By the way, you might even catch a trophy Striper while we are training!

Please call me at 931-403- 2501 if you would like more information. I hope to see you soon!

To get in on the great fishing action, you can book a Striper fishing adventure with StriperFun!

Click the following link: www.striperfun.com/pages/bookacharter.php

AVAILABILITY FOR TRIPS WITH STRIPERFUN GUIDES

Many of our customers do not initially realize that the Striper fishing is 365 days year round.

However, all of our boats are covered and we virtually fish almost every day.

We live for this type of fishing and you can too! Come see us!

Do not be afraid however to call last minute if you want a trip as we have numerous

guides and can accommodate your schedule!

If you have any other ideas, techniques or subjects you want me to write about, drop me a line!

I am many times asked “What are the advantages to hiring a guide”? In essence, you hire a

guide to utilize the guide’s many years of experience and lake knowledge, to learn new tactics

and techniques to increase your chance of “landing the big one”. Guides use top of the line

equipment and the freshest live bait. Also, if you cannot afford your own boat, it is a very cost

effective way for you or your group to fish (cost per fisherman). Even professional fishermen

hire guides to learn a lake and new techniques!

We are now moving quickly through winter. Dawn rolls around a little earlier each morning and

“Twilight” now rolls around just a little later each night as the winter solstice has come and

gone.

It is great to be alive and be a “free” American! I look forward to seeing all of you this year

on the water.

Count your blessings each day and live “in the moment”, not in the future and always

remember to stop and shake the hand of a person in uniform or wearing garb that shows they

are a veteran! Their service is why you speak English, can vote and can enjoy the freedoms you

do!

Remember also to always obey all Kentucky and TN fishing regulations while on Lake

Cumberland or any Kentucky (or Tennessee) waterway. Following the rules is a must! It is

important that we all be good stewards of our fishing resources. If you have any questions about

fishing regulations or to report poachers, call Tennessee or Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!

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