October 17, 2017
Jim Durham (44 articles)


  • StriperFun Guide Service – Tennessee Walleye Charters

    (931) 403-2501

  • Specializing in “Trophy” fishing as the owner of StriperFun Fishing Guide Service in KY and TN and TN Walleye Charters, Captain Jim Durham is a licensed guide who has fished the Cumberland Plateau year round for over 50 years. Captain Jim is a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain and is the creator of the “Striper Fish like a Pro” instructional DVD series as well as his own line of fishing lures.



    Provided by Captain Jim Durham – Owner Tennessee Walleye Charters Fishing Guide Service, StriperFun Guide Service (on Lake Cumberland, the Cumberland River and Tims Ford, Norris Lake, Cherokee Lake and the Clinch River),, Captain Jim Marine Electronics & Captain Jim Lures

    DATE OF REPORT: October 10th, 2017

    · Latest water temperature: 73.4 ° F surface (Willow Grove Dock): October 16th, 2017

    · The lake is has an elevation of 642.86 above sea level on the lake.

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

    About Tennessee Walleye Charters

    Are you looking to have some fun catching big Walleye? Tennessee Walleye Charters can put you on big fish on beautiful Dale Hollow Lake and the Cumberland River! Guided trips are available seasonally on Dale Hollow weather permitting and through the winter months on the Cumberland River.

    Tennessee Walleye Charters caters to fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Whether it is a weekend trip with a group of your buddies, or a trip with mom and/or dad, a large multi boat corporate trip or a big fishing weekend with the wife and/or the kids (couples and families welcome) all Tennessee Walleye Charters trips can be customized accordingly!


    The night time Walleye fishing has remained red hot on Dale Hollow all late summer and early fall! We continue to catch some true trophy Walleyes and some huge fat limits of fish! We are catching a lot of big Large and Smallmouth Bass as well! Through the late summer and early fall we troll at night with special handmade crank baits.

    Check out this fat stringer of Walleyes (our frequent customers the Perkins group) caught! They had a big 30 inch Walleye to anchor the stringer! Bill Perkins also caught a huge Smallmouth!

    See also Pat and Candy Conklin who both nailed a couple of big Walleye a well as a nice overall stringer!

    The Robert Kimble group (who were camping – we picked them up – how is that for service!) caught their nice stringer including a 5 pounder! A nice Largemouth was caught as well!

    See below also a nice stringer our customers the Boyd group caught anchored by a massive 31 inch Walleye!

    Your cleaning of the fish is included (tips appreciated).

    This concludes our 2017 Dale Hollow Walleye charters as we are now moving to the “red hot” Cumberland River.


    Tennessee Walleye Charters also provides fabulous Walleye and Sauger fishing on the Cumberland River all winter long! This great fishing begins just after Thanksgiving weekend. Be sure to book your December 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 a photo of big Cumberland River Walleyes!

    These Cumberland River Walleye and Sauger trips are fantastic! We are already booking strong – hope to hear from you soon!


    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 931-403-2501and I can take your deposit and customize your entire trip for you, including boat rentals as well as fishing trips!!


    For fish finders, MINN KOTA TROLLING MOTORS, fish finder -GPS combos, radar systems, marine radios or for any related marine electronics, Captain Jim Electronics can beat anyone’s advertised priced, many times by at least 10% to 25%!

    We buy factory direct, just like the major “online” dealers and the major national store dealers. The difference is our low overhead! You as the customer, reap the savings! What you get is great savings and the same “factory direct” warranty!

    Although for years I have preferred Humminbird products (why I am on their “Field Staff”), Captain Jim Electronics carries virtually all Marine electronic brands, and all models of each brand, including but not limited to:


    Simply choose which brand you are interested in and once you have chosen the unit you want, pick up the phone and call Captain Jim Electronics for a custom quote on that particular unit!

    You will be very surprised and pleased at the savings you will receive! Units are generally shipped factory direct within 48 hours of payment!

    If you need help choosing, simply pick up the phone and call Captain Jim at 931-403-2501 or email Captain Jim at and he can walk you through your choices and prices!


    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”.

    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.


    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!


    The gift of a weekend package deal (or even a one day fishing trip) with Tennessee Walleye Charters makes a great 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:

    Lucky Red Stables

    Are you interested in riding beautiful horses over looking fabulous Tennessee countryside? Lucky Red Stables is located just a few short miles from Willow Grove Resort on beautiful Dale Hollow Lake. They offer horse rides for $35 per person per hour on 110 gorgeous acres. Horse rides are a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful Tennessee landscape. In addition to horse rides, Lucky Red offers riding lessons and boarding.

    Let owner Lori Ledbetter plan a horse riding outing for your entire family!

    Lucky Red Stables

    6642 Willow Grove Highway
    Allons, TN 38541

    Phone: 931.265.2355
    Fax: 931.214.3890


    As a former United States Air Force Airman – military veteran and as a current U.S. Merchant Marine Captain and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol Coxswain (Captain), I understand the great importance that our brave service men and women play in our society. Their service is why you speak English, can vote and can enjoy the freedom that you do!

    We also cannot forget the duty and service provided by our Policemen, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Firemen.

    TENNESSEE WALLEYE CHARTERS OFFERS A 10% DISCOUNT on all charters to currently active Policemen, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Firemen as well as to all active military AND retired military veterans (with proper verification ID provided by the person booking the trip).

    This is our way of saying “THANKS” to these important men and women for your service.

    Why Use a Fishing Guide?

    Utilize the guide’s many years of experience and lake knowledge -Learn new tactics and techniques – Increase your chance of “landing the big one!” – Use top of the line equipment and the freshest live bait – Cost effective way for your group to fish (cost per fisherman) – Even professional fishermen hire guides to learn a lake and new techniques!

    God is amazing in his creation! I am blessed to spend another day pursuing my passion of putting clients on big fish on our magnificent lake! I give it all to God!


    We are casting Captain Jim lures to surfacing fish:


    Captain Jim Lures sells the top of the line hair jigs (captain Jim Specials) and blade baits (Little Friends), as well as the “Tennessee Thumper” and the “Walleye Dazzler”! These lures have been heavily field tested, are super easy to cast (or troll) they also absolutely wear out the Large Mouth, Spots, Walleye and Small Mouth!

    Click the link below to go to the 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:

    “Kentucky Thumper”:

    To buy this lure click:…mper-p-41.html

    “Tennessee Thumper”:

    To buy this lure click:…l?%3CosCsid%3E

    “Walleye Dazzler”:

    To buy this lure click:…zler-p-43.html

    “Musky Mugger”:…e=results_main

    To buy this lure click:…gger-p-46.html

    “Captain Jim Hair Jigs and Blade Baits”:…b2964914829f7a

    “Captain Jim Umbrella Rigs”:

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

    We are moving quickly through Fall. Dawn rolls around a little later each morning and “Twilight” now rolls around just a little earlier each night. 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 fishing regulations while on Dale Hollow Lake or any other waterway. Following the rules is a must! It is important that we all be good stewards of our fishing resources.

    Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!

    Specializing in “Trophy” Striper Fishing, Captain Jim Durham is a Kentucky and Tennessee State licensed guide who has fished Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland and the Cumberland River year round for most of his adult life. As a former B.A.S.S. tournament circuit fisherman, Captain Jim is also a Search and Rescue Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as a Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain and Captain of his local Fire Department .

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