Big TN Cypress Recalls Reel Memories & Tips
Posted: January 22nd, 2014 by Bill Dance
Some friends recently sent me a photo of a bald cypress tree growing in the Hatchie River Bottoms near Stanton, Tennessee. The photo of the tree left no doubt, it’s a monster. The cypress is reported to be 130-plus feet tall, 42-plus feet around at chest high, and has limbs that span 63 feet outward. The estimation on the tree’s age is reported at 800 years old! That’s older than our nation, by a long shot, and most certainly older than modern sport of bass fishing.
Through the years, as the water of the Hatchie ebbed and flowed, can you imagine the bass that have hung out around that old tree? And this old monarch of the West Tennessee River bottom made me think of what wonderful fishing cypress trees can provide. I have spent lifetime fishing around these tough timbers that always thrive so well in or around water.
Many river-bottom areas that I fish are literally infested with cypress, from Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee to the many, many oxbow lakes along the Mississippi River.
A few tips on fishing cypress might include these basics:
As always, catch one for me!
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