Dustin King - Professional Angler & Guide

Dustin King is a professional angler, and Lake Neely Henry guide. If you're interested in booking a trip on Lake Neely Henry, check out the Guide Service page.



Tournament News 7/2/13

July 2nd, 2013 Written By: Posted In: Tournament News

Well so far so good….I guess lol This tournament season has been a serious grind! I am currently sitting in 49th place for angler of the year and need to get in the top 40 to qualify for the regional championship which was my goal at the beginning of the year. I have two more tournaments left….the 2day on Guntersville in September is worth double the points. I think I can make it but it will be a close one. If I stay consistent I think I will finish around 36th just sliding inside the cut. *Fingers crossed* I will be fishing on Weiss Lake in 2 weeks then off till September when we have our 2 day tournament. I appreciate you all keeping up with me through the year! I got to give a shout-out to all my sponsors as well….Wired2Fish, Tackle Doctors, BassOnTheLine.com, Go2Bait Company, Lews Reels, and Greg’s Custom Rods…..these guys make it all worth while and I greatly appreciate their help through the year!

 

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January/Early Feburary Fishing Report

February 23rd, 2012 Written By: Posted In: Fishing Reports

Fishing on the Coosa River has really started to pick up and its picking up fast!!! The water temps are really warming up nicely and the fish I have been catching are super fat! I really think that the water temps never got cold enough to pull the fish out to the main river this year and they have been feeding heavily in preparation for a winter that never showed up.  It will be really exciting to see what this years season holds because I can honestly say, there have been more big bass caught in my boat this January/February than ever before. Also, this is the mildest winter I ever remember and I think these two factors really go hand in hand.

The fish I have been targeting have been in creeks thus far and starting to get ready to bed. I have located several places where the surface water temperatures are in the low 60′s which is prime for catching some really big sacks of fish! Right now the evening bite seems to be more “on” than the early morning bite because the water warms up over the evening. I am targeting spawn migrations routes along creek channels. Anywhere a creek channel makes a sharp turn or has a different contour that bass can stop on and feed is where you will find them. Once you locate a school, my recent experience has proven they are hungry and stacked up! I am using crankbaits and jigs to put the big ones in the boat. I am currently working at the bassmaster classic with Wired2Fish, when I get home call me for an awesome trip on Lake Neely Henry. Let’s go chase some fat girls!!

 

 

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Fishing Season In Full Swing

February 23rd, 2012 Written By: Posted In: Tournament News

Well its finally here! Fishing season has entered wide open mode and I sure hope it does not stop till November at the earliest! I have definitely earned a trophy for all the miles traveled in the last 7 days. It started Thursday when I left on a blazing path towards south Florida to hook up with my buddy Ronnie Seets and  his wife to spend a few days chasing them fat girl Florida bass. What was supposed to be a 9-10 hour trip down turned into 14hours, talk about exhausting! Traffic, weather, computer shut downs when I had to get license, ect…were key factors in that. Friday was spent on the Harris Chain of lakes which is an absolutely beautiful fishery! Such an extremely cool place to see and the fishing isn’t bad either! Then Saturday and Sunday we headed down to Okeechobee to try our luck out.

Monday morning I woke up and after a great breakfast headed out to take Mary Lynn home to Alabama. This time it only took 9hrs thankfully, that is a lot better! I arrived back at my house around 10pm Monday night and now as I type this I am in Shreveport, Louisiana working with Wired2Fish. I got into town about 5pm yesterday and we headed out at 6am this morning to see all the guy’s before their final practice day. “Dock Talk” says this classic may be a pretty tough one. Lot’s of different baits were on the decks of boats this morning, everything from frogs to jigs and crankbaits. One quote from Shaw Grigsby was “everything is changing so fast its really hard to tell what’s going to be right tomorrow”.  I can imagine that’s a pretty true statement for most of if not all the anglers. The practice day’s have been far from ideal, with rain, cold fronts and muddy water. The weather will be changing the majority of the tournament and as I say,” bass are either going into a transition, in a transition, or coming out of a transition”, and I think that will hold true for this tournament! It will be exciting one for sure!

If you want to keep up with everything this week check out the Wired2Fish Facebook Fan Page. I will be working with these guys all week to bring live updates from the classic. Its going to be super busy and a lot of great info for everyone!

Here are a few pics from the last few days:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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End of December Fishing Report

December 31st, 2011 Written By: Posted In: Fishing Reports

Got out on the water today for a new year’s eve fishing trip with my uncle from Louisiana. The day overall was pretty tough the water temps averaged around 46-49 degrees everywhere we went.  We fished shallow, deep, main lake, upriver and down river lol but FINALLY a  pattern showed itself in the last hour and we managed a couple. the pattern we found was in the back of creeks with jerkbaits and when I say “back” I am talking about WAY back! Fish were sitting in the bottom of the creek channels around stumps and other cover. I am looking forward to an awesome 2012 and I hope you all have a great year as well! Let’s go fishing! I have a rod ready for you!

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End of November Fishing Report

November 27th, 2011 Written By: Posted In: Fishing Reports

Well, what can I say other than Neely Henry has hit her stride going into the cold winter months. Finally, we have a solid late Fall, early Winter pattern that has come into play and I expect it to be going full steam till we get into that “nasty cold” weather as I like to call it. Fish are feeding up before the cold and every fish I am catching looks like its about to bust! Right now I am throwing a lot of “reaction”  type baits. My main bait over the last week has been a Castaway Crankbait. These baits have a unique action and “wobble” to them that I haven’t seen in a crankbait and I have definitely found a new go to crankbait. When the bite get’s tough, you can pick one of these baits up and the bite isn’t so tough anymore if you know what I mean!

Most fish right now are being caught in water temps around 58 degrees and I am really targeting that 5-7ft range banks. The water level on Neely is really low right now and I believe fish have really had to focus on this type of bank because the water is gone on places they use to hang out. I am throwing the Castaway squarebills on 10lb FluroCarbon with a Lew’s cranking reel and a Greg’s Custom Rod cranking stick. This light line really seems to be the ticket and the Lew’s reel with its super low  gear ration keeps you from getting it by them to fast. Fish are still adjusting to the colder temps so things such as rattle traps just seem to be a little too fast right now. When you go out on the water really try to focus on getting the crankbait down to the bottom and just let it “slow roll” off the bottom structure. Still 50% of the time, the strikes are coming right at the boat, which tells me the fish are still a little sluggish but you can be assured as the weather starts to stabilize that will change. These Coosa River spots are like smallmouth, the colder the water, the more feisty they get!

I will be finishing up my college and graduating in a couple weeks, so coming into the new year I am going to be running some specials and discounts on guide trips until I find a “Full-Time” job in the fishing industry. So if you have never been to Neely Henry, or want to get out on the lake and learn some new tips and techniques give me a call! Whatever you want to do, topwater fishing, crankbait fishing, drop-shot, no matter the technique I will find a place for you to do it and hopefully be successful! Make sure to follow me on Facebook for daily updates on the Fan Page! Here are a few pics from the last week:

 

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Neely Henry October Report

November 2nd, 2011 Written By: Posted In: Fishing Reports

Fishing on Nelly is changing not by the weeks or days but by the hour! This is a great time of year but with so many weather factors playing a part you have to really keep your options open. You can start out the day fishing in 6inches of water, at 11am be fishing in 20ft deep water and by 2pm be fishing 3ft deep with crankbaits haha Its really fun though, last week I had several cast where I would catch a spot and then 3 more follow it to the boat. I expect the big toads to be wanting to play very soon! For some reason, these “Coosa River Spots” are like smallmouth as a lot of you know, the colder the weather the more they want to play! I am running guide specials the rest of the year so make sure to contact me if you want to go fishing!

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