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Tims Ford Bass Club, Winchester TN. Tims Ford Lake
Tims Ford Bass Club, Winchester TN. Tims Ford Lake

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Tims Ford Bass Club “OPEN” Classic presented by Phoenix Boats, Gilliam’s Marine, Russell Barnett Automotive and A-Plus Fasteners
February 22, 2015 at 9:32am

   Winchester TN(February 22, 2015) For the past 40 plus years the Tims Ford Bass Club has hosted and sponsored the largest open tournament in Southern Middle Tennessee.  This tournament is the first Saturday of April every year and draws in over 160 teams from as far away as Lexington KY and Tuscaloosa AL. This year we look to top 200 boats or 400 anglers.  Tims Ford Bass Club has guaranteed the payout for the top 20 boats totaling over $13,000 in cash and prizes with First Place being $2500, Second $1500 and third place $1000, two $1000 Big Fish Awards, and the Gary Fulmer Sr. Big Smallmouth $250 prize all thanks to the tournament sponsors help.  
   Entry form for the tournament can be obtained at local sporting goods stores, Both Gilliam’s Marine Dealerships in Tullahoma, Tims Ford Marina, All Seasons Outdoors, via Facebook“Tims Ford Bass Club” or by contacting any of the Tims Ford Bass Club Members.  Cost is $100 per boat with entries being excepted now until the blast off on 4 April 2015.  Furthermore, TFBC members will be present at the Tims Ford Bass Club to except entries from 4pm until 8pm.  Launch/blast off and the weight in will be at the Tims Ford Bass Club on HWY 130, Winchester, Tennessee
   Whether you are fishing or not come on by the Bass Club to see the 2015 Phoenix line up of boats, full line up of vehicles from Russell Barnett Automotive Family, AMSOIL productive line and get some BBQ from High Roller BBQ. Weight in will start at3pm, Saturday Afternoon.
   With the funds raised the Tim’s Ford Bass Club regularly donates several thousand dollars tohelp individuals in the community that are in need…in years past the Tims Ford Bass Club has helped individuals with medical bills, fire losses, and unforeseen situations out of their control. Furthermore, the club sponsors the free fishing day kids fishing rodeo and Good Samaritans Christmas Fund.
   2015 sponsors include Phoenix Boats, Coca-Cola, Duckett Fishing, Russell Barnett Automotive Family, A-Plus Fasteners of McMinnville TN,  Barrett Construction & Renovation, State Farm Lee Sullivan Tullahoma, Gilliam’s Marine, D&L Tackle, Marine Master Trailers, Fish 30 Arce, Vertical Lures, All Seasons Outdoors, Southern Community Bank, RE2AL Water, Builders Supply, The Angler Magazine Middle Tennessee, Tims Ford Marina, Palmer Heating & Air, City of Winchester, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, High Roller BBQ, AMSOIL 100% Synthetic Oil, R&R Plumbing, Franklin County Financial, Hanger Flooring, Reliable Rental of Franklin County,  Mid-South Bass Guide,O’Reilly Auto Parts, Discount Plumbing & Electric, Greg O’Neal Attorney at Law, Poultry Electric & Pro Hardware, Service to name a few, for a complete list of tournament sponsors please visit our website www.timsfordbassclub.com 

Club President Jerry Freeman 931.224.7140
Tournament Committee Member Capt Jake Davis 615.613.2382 or msbassguide@comcast.net

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The morning launch at the Bass Club Ramp, Tims Ford LakeThe morning launch at the Bass Club Ramp, Tims Ford Lake

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Tims Ford Lake Tennessee's "Hidden Secret of the Mid-South"
January 16, 2015 at 11:49am
Tim’s Ford Lake is considered one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee and is regarded by many as one of the top Smallmouth Bass Fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast.  This reservoir is located on the Elk River in South Central Tennessee and consists of just over 14,200 surface acres of water.
Area anglers become excited when thinking about angling Tim’s Ford from September to Early June because we know what lurks in the lake, Trophy Smallmouth Bass,Giant Crappie, Stripe Bass and Walleye. Mid-September to late May is one of the best times of year to hook a monster Smallmouth Bass and to catch some of the biggest fish of the year.  Over the summer months it all about night fishing.
Tim’s has a reputation for huge stringers of Smallmouth Bass, especially in late spring, this is confirmed every year on the first Saturday in April as anglers fishing the annual Tim’s Ford Bass Classic will normally need a five fish limit weighing 19 to 23 pounds mainly smallmouth to win.  In 2009, Tim’s Ford play host to the Ultimate Match TV Series…While there are many ways of catching Tim’s Ford bass, most anglers usually stick with proven tactics such as Jigs, Carolina Rigs and Crankbaits. Tim’s is a deep-clear reservoir for the most part with a hard rock/gravel bottom for the most part. Anglers should look for flats that range in depth of 10 to 17 feet near a drop; it helps to have transition area made of chunk rock and gravel running along on the bottom. I tend to find these kinds of places on round points, just in side of creeks and along the main lake.
Tim’s Ford Lake host an exceptional amount of Crappie ranging from 12-19 inches well above the 10 inch minimum length.  Winter and spring months produce the best results as anglers target them around docks and tree tops as the winter draw down takes place.  With the size of Black Nose Crappie we are catching on Tim’s Ford, I don’t see the current state record of 4 pounds 4 ounces lasting much longer.
Although not native to the waters, one of the most sought after fish is the lake is Stripe Bass.  Thanks to the TWRA, Tim’s has a good population of Stripers (both Striped and Cherokee).  Many anglers target them by trolling both artificial and live bait. 
Last but certainly not least, is Tennessee’s “other” world record fish…Walleye!  Yes, many may think the world record Walleye may have come from parts north of here, but Tennessee currently holds the world record for Walleye of 25 pounds.  Anglers in pursuit of these toothy water based critters can find them by trolling deep running crank bait or drifting night crawler harnesses around one of the many islands throughout the lake. 
When visiting Tim’s Ford, I highly recommend staying at Tim’s Ford Marina.  They have fifteen fully furnished cabins and 29 RV sites.  The Hard Dock Café is open daily for lunch, dinner and supplies.  If you wish to be closer to town Winchester has several great hotels that are within a mile or so of the lake, not to be forgotten, Twin Creeks Maria and Resort is currently under development on Dry Creek point at the Winchester City limits.  Another little secret of the area is the terrific Trout fishing that can be found just below the Tim’s Ford Dam on the Elk River.  Let’s Go Fish’n Y’all…Capt Jake Davis

Written By Tims Ford Bass Club Member, Capt Jake Davis is a USCG Licensed professional fishing guide/Professional Angler on Tim’s Ford Lake.  Capt Jake has fish all over the world and currently is a freelance writer for several outdoor and angler publications.  To reserve your“Day on the Lake” visit www.midsouthbassguide.com or call/email 615-613-2382,msbassguide@comcast.net

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