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, Captain Jim Marine Electronics & Captain Jim Lures

    Staff Writer for fishin.com

    DATE OF REPORT: May 19th, 2024

    • Latest water temperature: 58.4° F surface in TN

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

    About StriperFun and Captain Jim

    Captain Jim Fishing Charters Services currently provides multi species guide services on numerous lakes and rivers in KY, IN, GA and in TN! We provide guides on (15) different waterways targeting Walleye / Sauger, Bass, Catfish, Muskie, Crappie, Trout and Striper /Hybrids!

    Captain Jim Durham’s fishing charter businesses are some of the largest and best-known charter fishing guide services in the 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 for most of his adult life, fishing the Upper Cumberland Plateau Region 59 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.

    The Cumberland River

    My Cumberland River guides are all State and USCG licensed, insured and are well trained in CPR & First Aid, with many years’ of experience per man on the Cumberland River! We have worked to be one of the largest and best-known guide services 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.

    Lodging for the Cumberland River


    Since its inception many years ago, of providing world class Striper fishing services on the Cumberland River, StriperFun clients have been staying at the Valley View Motel in Celina TN! The Valley View Motel is a local landmark and a piece of vintage Celina TN history! Many of our clients also come back to fish and boat on their own and the Valley View Motel gets many repeater customers! Now under new ownership, the Valley View Motel has undergone a restoration with new exterior doors, windows and other upgrades. It looks great!

    Each individual room has two full-size beds, AC and heat, cable TV, free WIFI and is a lot of room for boat parking as well! The rooms are smoke free and pet friendly and the rooms are kept ultra clean! With three terrific restaurants within walking distance (Barbecue – Mexican – family food) and with the motel being within 5 minutes of the launch ramp into the Cumberland River, the Valley View Motel is perfectly located for you!

    The rooms rent for only $80 per night ($70.00 veteran discount), you cannot go wrong for the price. The rooms stay very busy and reservations are highly recommended!

    Call 931-243-2641 to book your Cumberland River lodging at the Valley View Motel! You will be glad you did! Tell them Captain Jim referred you!


    We offer trips on the Cumberland River mid-July thru April for “world class” Striper in Tennessee - from the Kentucky border all the way down 60 miles (through Celina and Gainesboro) to the Cordell Hull dam (this is the Cordell Hull pool). We also offer trips out of Carthage TN then further down towards Nashville in the Old Hickory pol.


    We “also” offer trips late April through mid-Julyon the Cumberland River in KY from below the Lake Cumberland Wolf Creek dam all the way down to the Tennessee border. We also fish up in KY if the river in TN “muddies up” after a hard rain. Our KY trips are “casting” trips with Captain Jim glide baits (read more about these lures below).

    It is not uncommon to see 40 or even 50-pound Stripers pulled from the beautiful waters of the Cumberland River. This fishing is not for the faint of heart however! These big fish hit like freight trains, making long powerful runs in the constantly flowing waters of the river! The Stripers are much larger in the Cumberland River system then in any other fresh waters.

    Per the State Wildlife Boards, there is an average of over 15 Stripers caught annually in excess of 50 pounds and 40-pound fish are not uncommon. The smallest fish we generally catch daily is over 3 feet long! These fish fight the current all day, making them much heavier and strong than lake fish.

    Seeing the big predator Stripers hit 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!


    Recent Activity on the Cumberland River

    The fishing has been steady on the Cumberland River and it’s just going to get even better! This week, we have had a ton or rain and the water is up and muddy, There is a lot of water flow this time of year from the Lake Cumberland dam as they generate electricity for all the AC running. I still have June, July, August, September and October dates available if you have interest, BUT KEEP IN MIND WE ARE BOOKING UP STRONG SO DON'T DELAY IF YOU WANT TO GET IN ON THIS.

    We are catching nice Stripers on Captain Jim Striper Magic glide baits. Click this link to order: https://striperfun.com/product-categ...r-magic-lures/

    We are fishing live large Rainbow Trout in TN on planer boards around submerged timber jams on the banks, catching big Stripers! ENJOY SOME OF THE PHOTOS OF RECENT CATCHES:

    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:


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    For you Striper fishermen out there (both new and experienced), StriperFun is your “one stop shop” for top of the line Striper gear! Call 931-403-2501 or go https://striperfun.com/store/ where you can buy Fitec cast nets, Hydro Glow bait lights, Striper fishing “how to” training DVDS, Captain Jim Umbrella rigs and planer boards and much more! We have the best prices around. You can order online, or you can call and we ship directly to you. I can talk with you and you then decide what you want!


    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!


    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!

    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!

    Summer is almost here. 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 the waterways. 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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