• CAPTAIN JIM’S STRIPERFUN CHEROKEE LAKE FISHING REPORT

    StriperFun and Tennessee Walleye Charters
    (931) 403-2501 http://www.striperfun.com captainjim@striperfun.com
  • 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 and KY and TN 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.

  • CAPTAIN JIM’S STRIPERFUN CHEROKEE LAKE FISHING REPORT

    CAPTAIN JIM’S STRIPERFUN CHEROKEE LAKE FISHING REPORT

    Provided by Captain Jim Durham
    Owner StriperFun Guide Service, Tennessee Walleye Charters, Superbaittanks.com
    Captain Jim Marine Electronics & Captain Jim Lures

    Staff Writer for fishin.com

    DATE OF REPORT: April 12th, 2022

    • Latest water temperature: 57.4° F surface

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

    About StriperFun Guide Service on Cherokee Lake

    My Cherokee guides (Gary Garris – Fred Hoskins and Bracken Castle) are all licensed, insured and are well trained in CPR & First Aid, with many years’ experience per man on Cherokee Lake! We have worked to be one of the largest and best-known guide services in Tennessee and we 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.

    SUPPORT THE VETERANS

    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.

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

    STRIPERFUN 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.

    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 lakes of Cumberland and Dale Hollow and the Cumberland River! I give it all to God!

    Recent Activity on Cherokee Lake

    The fishing has been steady for all StriperFun guides on Cherokee Lake. With the warmer weather coming in, it’s just going to get even better!

    REMEMBER, WE FISH ALL YEAR LONG ON CHEROKEE LAKE!

    We are fishing live bait from the surface to 20 feet deep way up the lake, pulling planer boards and casting Captain Jim custom handmade \ painted “Striper Magic” lures.




    Click this link to order: https://striperfun.com/product-categ...r-magic-lures/

    See the photos below of today’s clients catching big Stripers and Hybrids!!



    About Cherokee Lake

    Cherokee Lake in Eastern Tennessee covers 30,300 acres, is 59 miles long and has 463 miles of shoreline. Fish densities in Cherokee Lake are greater than most of the other TVA Reservoirs due to the high level dense forage base of Threadfin Shad, Gizzard Shad, and Alewife. Cherokee Lake is noted for big Stripers, but is also “loaded” with big fat “Hybrid” Stripers as well!

    The Striper and Hybrid fishing is simply off the chart! 10 and 30 fish days are frequent (TN allows catch and release!), with a limit of 2 keepers per fisherman!

    Seeing the big predator Stripers take the live bait on boards or balloons is like watching a prehistoric moment! It is “KABAM” and the rod gets “ripped” down in 1/10th of a second!! Sheer adrenaline and pure excitement! Yee Hii !!! Bam! Bam! Kapow! “Zing” – your rods will be bent with the reels singing!

    I demonstrate these techniques on my “STRIPER FISH LIKE A PRO” Trilogy series. Click the link below to go to the StriperFun website for more information on how to order this informative “how to” DVD Trilogy series:

    http://www.striperfun.com/store/stri...ilogy-p-3.html

    You can watch the videos of them catching their fish (as well as many other customers catching their big Stripers!) right on the StriperFun You Tube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/STRIPERFUN

    Boat Surveyor!!

    For you boaters out there that want to know what their boat is worth (prices or really fluctuating in today’s day and time), if your boat insurance company demands it or especially if you are looking to buy a boat, it is urgent that you get your boat “surveyed”. It is also important that your boat surveyor is a “certified” by SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors).

    I recently had the pleasure of working with Tony Cushing of 76 Marine Survey who provides boat survey services in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. I could not have been happier with the work he performed! His survey was exceptional and ultra-detailed, covering every aspect of the boat from bow to stern including but not limited to checking all systems to make sure they are working (electrical and mechanical) verifying the dryness of the vessel with moisture meters, checking the hull, checking the engine compartment as well as providing valuable feedback on the performance of the vessel at sea trial.

    Nothing went unnoticed. The thoroughness of his SAMS survey revealed issues with this cruiser I was looking at that were very problematic and he saved me from ending up making a mistake buying that boat I was looking at! His prices were also very fair and reasonable.

    If you are looking to get a boat surveyed, I would strongly recommend Tony Cushing of 76 Marine Survey. You can reach Tony at 502-618-6622 or on his website at www.76-marine-survey.com

    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 have use only ever used 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/supe...tanks-c-3.html

    Please also follow us on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/StriperFunFishingGuideService/

    While you are on our Facebook page, please “like” the page!

    You have got to come do this! Click here for more information: http://striperfun.com/pages/bookacharter.php

    CAPTAIN JIM ON THE RADIO!

    I did a fishing radio talk show October 24th on WHAS 840 out of Louisville on the “Jim Strader” Great Outdoors show. It was broadcast to 17 States. I had the pleasure of being on the air with Jim Strader for almost 2 hours, covering fishing on all thirteen (13) bodies of water my companies offer fishing charters on.

    You can listen to the radio show by clicking:

    For hour one: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/great...ur-1-88402609/

    For hour two: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/great...ur-2-88402608/

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

    “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 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!

    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

    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!

    Spring is here. With the time change, Dawn rolls around a little earlier each morning and “Twilight” now rolls around just a little later 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 TN fishing regulations while on Cherokee Lake or any or Tennessee 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!
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