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.



    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: May 11th, 2024

    • Latest water temperature: 65.4 ° F surface (Main Lake): May 11th, 2024
    • Latest water temperature: 65.6 ° F surface (Indian Creek): May 11th, 2024

    Currently, the lake level is right at 726.66 feet above sea level. The lake is now 1 feet above Summer pool which is 725.00 above sea level. With the heavy rain, the lake is rising rapidly and the peak discharge of water through the power generation turbines is 26,000 cubic feet per second as I write this report.


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

    About StriperFun and Captain Jim

    I personally charter out of a 2015 24-foot center console Alweld Escort Bay boat. Powered by a 2015 Mercury 150 four (4) stroke outboard she is quiet to sneak up on big fish and fast to cover a lot of water!

    With full Humminbird electronics, Minn Kota trolling motor, 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. The boat is covered to keep our clients dry during inclement and a heater is provided when it is cold. All StriperFun guides have similarly rigged boats!

    My crews and I are all US Coast Guard Captain licensed, insured and are well trained in CPR & First Aid, with no less than 20-years’ experience per man fishing Lake Cumberland! We have worked to be one of the largest and best-known guide services in the region 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.

    We are booking the late Spring and Summer dates strong, so don’t delay to get in on the great Striper fishing! Come get yours!


    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.

    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 Lake Cumberland and the Cumberland River! I give it all to God!


    Ron’s Rustic Cabins are great! It is a brand-new lodging facility just built in 2023 and is in pristine condition! Our client’s just love staying there for their Striper charters out of Grider Hill Resort! Many clients also come back to fish and boat on their own and Ron’s Rustic Cabins gets many repeater clients! The owner Ron Shipman is a Veteran, and this is a faith-based business! He is a passionate fisherman with lots of great stories!

    Each individual Cabin has two new full-size beds, AC and heat, cable TV, high speed WIFI, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator and the cabins are in a peaceful setting. There is a lot of room for boat parking as well! The cabins are smoke and pet free and there is very friendly service! The cabins are spacious and kept ultra clean!

    The cabins rent for only $100 per night, you cannot go wrong for twice the price - nearly half of what you pay for lesser lodging options! The cabins stay very busy and reservations are highly recommended!

    Call 606-306-1025 to book your Lake Cumberland lodging at Ron’s Rustic Cabins! You will be glad you did! Tell Ron Captain Jim referred you!


    We are catching nice fish on the main lake and in the creeks, fishing from the surface to 25 feet deep water on live bait. I also attached photos of some recent catches. Most days we have been catching some great fish and limiting out!

    We are fishing live bait on CAPTAIN JIM PLANER BOARDS!

    The new Captain Jim planer boards are each hand made and are very lightweight (made out of high strength white Lexan!). Although they are lightweight, they are extremely durable and super tough! These boards have been field tested catching 40-to-50-pound Stripers with the bait at close range (only three feet behind the board) with big fish smashing the bait at high speed and really “hard yanking” the planer board! Yet the “tough” Captain Jim planer boards weather this rough treatment easily!

    Captain Jim planer boards are also simply the very best “slow speed” and accurate – straight running planer boards you will ever use! Even when trolling live bait as slow as .3 MPH, the new Captain Jim planer boards will “shoot out” away from your boat. They are also very quiet in operation which can make the difference on days when the fish are near the surface or nervous. When compared to traditional “heavier” hard plastic planer boards that require almost 1 mph to deploy away from your boat, you will love this high-quality – fast deploying planer board!

    Each board is “custom handmade” with high density closed cell foam that is applied with extra strength Gorilla Glue adhesive and is wedged into the middle of the foam (versus just being glued on one side). They include Scotty releases and quick disconnect line snaps.

    Captain Jim commented on the new Planer Boards:

    “You will not find a better made planer board for the price! Don’t pay more for a lesser quality product! USE WHAT THE PROS USE!”

    CLICK HERE TO ORDER: https://striperfun.com/product/captain-jim-planer-boards/ $60.00 per set – one left / one right (ONLY $30.00 PER BOARD) Plus $9.00 shipping and handling


    One of my favorite tricks this time of year is to position the boat perfectly “still” (possible only with a Minn Kota I Pilot!) and then drop a hair jig right into a big ball of bait. If your fish finder is of high quality (like my Humminbird Helix 12), you can actually see the jig going up and down. The secret then is to be sure to let the lure drop “below” the bait ball “bail open” to let it “flutter down” at least 6 to 10 feet (below the bait ball). Keep your thumb lightly on the line to feel for strikes, as many times the big predators will then eat the lure hard as it drops because the fluttering hair jig looks like a wounded minnow in a death spiral! If they do not hit it, then “rip” it back up into the bait ball and “bounce it” for a few seconds in place then repeat the process.

    This hot little technique can turn on the fish! Additionally, using the same technique to “drop shot” live bait also works (making a slow day into a frenzied bite)!


    You can catch fish using multiple methods at this time. 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 (NOW AVAILABLE STREAMING!):



    The Striper fishing training services we offer on Lake Cumberland are "hands on and personalized" fishing instructional technique training with me “on the water" aboard my boat. Training topics allow customers to choose from a large and diverse group of specific areas of fishing they want to learn more about then to "narrow down and focus in on" the chosen subjects. Once the subjects are chosen, then I provide very precise and detailed training in a direct on the water "one on one" teaching environment!

    Training subject choices include but are not limited to:

    • Safety equipment - concepts – including attention to weather forecasts, marine radio considerations, float plans (lifeline contacts – where will you be?), life vests and other safety options!
    • How to set your boat up for fishing large predators (like Stripers), including the types of rods, reels, line, weights, planer boards, lures, and hooks you should use for trolling, casting and fishing live bait and the actual “hardware and software” you will want to consider
    • Knot tying, strong knots – double fisherman’s knot
    • Bait tanks, including advice on the best model for your boat and tips to keep bait frisky!
    • Catching live bait techniques including using Hydro Glow bait lights and Fitec Super Spreader bait nets, where to use them in what circumstances, KY bait transporting laws and other techniques for catching large bait in other parts of the lake!
    • BoBo’s Thumper, when and how to use it - demonstrate
    • Trolling motors (focusing on Minn Kota “I” Pilot models), including the best model for your boat, electronic anchoring techniques, speed settings for planer boards, auto speeds control, true north versus I Pilot setting to lock direction, setting of your trails and tracks and other features and techniques!
    • Fish Finder / GPS units (focusing on Humminbird Side Scan models), including the best model for your boat, learning to read a standard two- dimensional bottom view presentation, learning to read down imaging and side imaging, learning to read the GPS and 3-D and numerous other features and techniques!
    • Available “Software” for your Fish Finder / GPS unit. What products work best on Lake Cumberland!
    • Fishing Live bait techniques (every possible scenario) how to fish live bait, from pulling planer boards (canyon wall), fishing weightless, balloons or slip bobbers, down lining, the drop shot technique and bottom fishing tricks!
    • Casting and retrieving lure techniques and what lures to use in various situations and “special” secret tips!
    • Multi Skill trolling secrets using trolling Umbrella rigs, slide divers and a multitude of other trolling features and techniques!
    • Lake Cumberland Seasonal lake information (where to fish Lake Cumberland what time of the year)!Customized subjects not listed the customer wants to learn!
    We normally can cover many or all of these subjects in each 4 hour class (we can focus on as much or as little as you want on each subject or I can try to cover as much outlined here as possible).

    We do a 4-hour class - $400.00. Call me to reserve a training day – 931-265-9943


    Throughout the year we troll Captain Jim Special Umbrella rigs (click this link https://striperfun.com/product/striper-aggravator/) 10 to 30 feet deep on suspended schools of fish, concentrating on main creek channel points. The Striper and Hybrid fishing is simply off the chart! 20 and 30 fish days are frequent (TN allows catch and release! With 5 full-time guides StriperFun offers day trips on Cherokee Lake year-round (weather permitting).


    I recently did another fishing radio talk show 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 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.listennotes.com/podcasts...1-NnE4y-DCgaZ/

    For hour two: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts...2-Mv7uRs2i6TY/

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


    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, Hydro Glow Fish lights, Fitech bait nets and more. Captain Jim and StriperFun have everything you need to have a safe and fun year!

    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 click on our online store at: https://striperfun.com/store/


    Captain Jim is your low price online leader to purchase all Humminbird Fishfinders! Call me at 931-403-2501 to order!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.


    Captain Jim is your low price on line leader to purchase all Minn Kota model trolling motors! Call me at 931-403-2501 to order!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 blow 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 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!


    Regulations that govern hunting, fishing, and habitat are formed by both the Kentucky Wildlife Commission and the legislative process. The League of Kentucky Sportsmen (League) helps keep the hunters and fishermen on top of today’s issues. The combined voices of sportsmen are a powerful tool used to more effectively influence the decision making so that sportsmen can actually have a say in how the resources are managed.

    The League works with individuals, Government Agencies, and Club Affiliates to constantly support the use of scientific wildlife management practices on public lands, private lands, and corporate lands. The League also supports the Kentucky heritage of hunting, trapping, fishing, and the right to keep and bear arms. The League also provides assistance with organizing events to bring kids and adults together in the great outdoors.

    No single individual or organization can do it alone. The League needs your help. Become a member today. Contact the LKS office and order your membership over the phone at (859) 858-0135. Or click on to their website: http://www.kentuckysportsmen.com/

    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 moving quickly through Spring. 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 Kentucky fishing regulations while on Lake Cumberland or any Kentucky 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 Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 800-858-1549.

    Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!
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