When I moved to the Nashville area 11 years ago one of the main places I wanted to visit and spend time on was Old Hickory Lake. Unfortunately until today I had only spent 1 or 2 days there after all these years of being in the area.
My husband got a new boat a few days ago and I finally talked him into taking me on Old Hickory Lake. It was so much more than what I remembered as a child when I visited my relatives here one summer.
We went out on the water a couple days in a row and I caught over a dozen brim. I only brought home about 10 of them, but it was great being able to fish, relax and enjoy myself.
Below are a few photos from our days on the water. Looking forward to spring when I can be on the lake much more.
In April we decided to move to Texas to live on Lake Fork. I also decided I would go back to work as sitting at home day in and day out is not my idea of fun and excitement. Living near the lake is great, but if I can’t be on the lake every day, then I need something to occupy my time and making a little money to add to the nest egg doesn’t hurt either.
We found this quiet little place to park the RV and in the beginning had planned on living in the RV, but after seeing the beautiful park model homes that the people living on the waterfront lots have it was easy to decide we wanted one of them as well. So we put the Montana up for sale and have been anxiously waiting for a buyer before all the good lots are taken. We thought we had found someone who really wanted the RV and our truck as well, but she is now just giving us the run around, which really aggravates me more than anything. I don’t like other people dictating what I can do with my life; but right now this person has us in a tailspin.
We’ve been out on the boat as much as possible, although I wish we could be out there more than we are, but we both have bad days where we just don’t want to do anything and then of course there’s the rain and wind to contend with some days as well. The lake is pretty, but is very stumpy in some areas, which makes it hard to get around, but we are figuring out the best places to go to avoid them. We’ve been thinking about hiring a guide to take us out so we can find out where the big ones are as my husband loves to bass fish. I tried the last time we were out, but I had no luck. I prefer fishing for bream anyway.
Here’s a few pics I’ve taken on the lake with my iPhone.
Currently we are spending the winter months on Lake Talquin at Ingram’s Marina in Quincy, Florida. Lake Talquin is a reservoir located on the Ocholockonee River between Gadsden and Leon Counties in north Florida near the Florida capital in Tallahassee. The lake is located south of Interstate 10 and bordered on the east by State Road 20 and on the west by State Road 267.
My husband and I love to fish and could spend every day on the water. When we arrived at Ingram’s back in October we did not own a boat; however, within two weeks that changed after we visited the local BassPro Shop and bought a Bass Tracker 175TXW. Now we’re able to go out on the water anytime we want.
You can find many fish species on Lake Talquin including striped and largemouth bass, crappie, bream, speckled perch, shellcrackers, striped pickerel, catfish, gar and bowfin. I prefer to fish for bream as they are easy to catch, usually, and I can catch using either worms or crickets.
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My husband (Greg) on the other hand is a bass fisherman and a pretty good one, if I do say so myself. People who choose to bass fish must learn about different types of tackle, which can be purchased at many stores including online. Bait and tackle come in many sizes, shapes and colors and after trial and error you will find what works for you. Part of Greg’s research included asking others who had fished this lake to get their opinion as to what worked for them. One person swore that he would never catch a bass on a crankbait, which is what he has had success with before on other lakes/rivers. Instead, he was told to use the Carolina Rig with dark colored worms. Sometimes it’s best to use what works for you, not what others tell you, as all the bass he has caught have been on a DT6 Rapala Crankbait.
Largemouth bass caught on a DT6 Rapala Crankbait
Carolina Rig with dark worm
On our last escapade, in the last 30 to 45 minutes we were on the water, he caught four largemouth bass ranging in size from 2-3 pounds. He has also caught a 4 pounder on this lake. A sampling of what he has caught below.
Come spring we will be back on the road traveling and one of our goals is to find a lake that we will one day settle down on. We are looking for either an RV park or a piece of land that we can put our RV on and still live in it on the water. We are not limiting our search to any particular area, although we do like Lake Fork, Lake Guntersville, and Lake of the Ozarks. If you know of a place that we should check out, please leave us a comment so we can check them out.
Lake Talquin is also a good place for bird watching. In addition to the birds, you can find alligators, squirrels and deer, just to name a few. Something I enjoy as much as the fishing is the is the beautiful sunsets. Here are a few of my favorites!