Tennessee handgun carry permit course at Guns and Leather – Hendersonville,Tn

Just recently went through the Tennessee state mandated course for a permit to carry a handgun at the local gun shop  "Guns and Leather" http://gandlacademy.com/ Was very impressed with there whole operation. Everything from entering the parking lot in the morning to leaving in the afternoon was handled in a professional courteous manner.... The instructor was excellent with blending the required information with his own experience as a law enforcement officer. During the breaks in the class you can window shop in the showroom at a nice large selection of both handguns and rifles. On the lower level is the range where you can buy ammo, get a target and shoot ( either your weapon or you can rent from a selection of nice guns).DSCN5599 All told I couldn't have been more pleased with my experience and I am looking forward to taking more training classes to improve my shooting skills. JohnDSCN5520  

Profitable House hunting – how to up your odds of real estate profits!

Among the horde's of tips and tactics for the real estate investor one principal stands out in front of all the rest :  Buy the WORST house in the BEST neighborhood. It's that simple.....   on a strictly  financial point of view it is the most important thing to do. The way it works is easy. As the best areas appreciate the fastest as they are in high demand even an old fixer upper is likely to keep going up in value along with the rest of the neighborhood....   The old saying of the 3 most important things when it comes to real estate are LOCATION,LOCATION,LOCATION are true.                                                                                                                                             But when it comes to a couple looking for their primary residence it is hard to settle for a less desirable house over a house that rings all the bells..... But if you want the best chance at fast appreciation.... You know what to do!!
No, it's not a fixer upper. This is "rock castle" a historical house on the Indian Lake Peninsula in Hendersonville,Tn - just outside of Nashville,Tennessee
No, it's not a fixer upper. This is "rock castle" a historical house on the Indian Lake Peninsula in Hendersonville,Tn - just outside of Nashville,Tennessee
A cave entrance on the Indian lake peninsula
A cave entrance on the Indian lake peninsula
Just by learning a small amount of strategies you can make a HUGE difference in your financial Future!                                                                            Thanks for reading, John and                                                                                                                      Debbie  :   http://Debbiemeyers.realtor  

Lock 3 Park, Old Hickory Lake Access – Hendersonville,Tennessee

Looking for a place to swim on a hot summer day? Look no further than Lock 3 park - Old Hickory lake access area off Walton ferry road. As far as I know it's the only "beach" in Hendersonville to swim at. It seems to be lightly used and along with the swim area it has a nice "no frills" boat launch with good fishing close by. As you turn onto lock 3 road it's like going back in time as your going thru a canopy of old trees and to the right some old original cabins and a farm. Then when you emerge your at the park.
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Lock 3 park is a small gem of an area with a nice sandy beach and "primitive" launch for boats.
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There are some trails thru out the park you can explore and a few spots to shore fish .
Many parents of young children like to go there for a few hours of swimming fun. There is also a few picnic tables and grills for cooking. The boat launch never seems to be crowded and you are located on a great part of the lake. One thing to keep in mind is although the swim area is roped off with plastic floating buoys there is no netting on them so....  it is possible some of the critters from the lake may swim by you 🙂 One negative is as with most parks in Hendersonville there are an abundance of geese that frequent them and the associated mess that they leave after they visit. You and your children need to be really careful where you walk!...  but it is after all a nature park.
The swim area at lock 3 park outside of Nashville,Tennessee
The swim area at lock 3 park outside of Nashville,Tennessee
The boat ramp is a no frills launch which keeps all but serious boaters away
The boat ramp is a no frills launch which keeps all but serious boaters away
Get out there and have some summer fun! John

4 ounces Shy of a New Old Hickory Lake Record!

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This Crappie measured out at 16" and weighed 1 pound 14.6 ounces - just a few ounces shy of the Old Hickory Lake record.
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This rascals mouth was so large I thought i was landing a bass when I first saw it coming up out of the depths.
Hendersonville,Tennessee                                                                                        June 1st, 2016                                                                                                        Since moving to Old Hickory lake every spring I have been catching some really nice Crappie's. Every year as I have been refining my technique's my catches have produced some really large specimens and it got me wondering just how large they grow to in Old Hickory. So I did some research and found out that the LAKE record was 2 pounds and 1.6 ounces.....  And just the other day I caught this one in 14 feet of water off a known spawning area.                                                                                                 One technique that pays to spend some time doing is trolling a crankbait through areas that hold springtime crappies. That's how I hooked this rascal. I used a medium light spinning combo spooled with 10 lb test line. I have a good selection of crankbaits but the one I seem to fall back on is this Vintage Bagley Balsa wood killer b. I have caught just about anything that swims on these.
Vintage Bagley in copper foil, these have been discounted years ago. I was turned on to these at a fishing show by a Potomac river guide, and I bought about a dozen or so back in the 1980s and now I am down to my last couple.
Vintage Bagley in copper foil, these have been discounted years ago. I was turned on to these at a fishing show by a Potomac river guide, and I bought about a dozen or so back in the 1980s and now I am down to my last couple.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I mainly use these for Bass fishing so I have modified the hooks to a larger set. Depending on boat speed and pound test line you are using it will run at a depth of 8-12 feet or so. I'm located in Hendersonville so most of my fishing is in the Hendersonville part of the lake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
What a difference 1.5 inches makes. The top fish is 16" and the bottom is 14.5"
What a difference 1.5 inches makes. The top fish is 16" and the bottom is 14.5"
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What a way to start the day!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Happy Fishin'                                                                                                                                                                               John

Cages Bend Campground on Old Hickory Lake just outside Nashville,Tn

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The entrance is on the left of this sign... a little confusing at first.
If your looking for a campground near Nashville one you may consider is Cages Bend Campground located between Hendersonville and Gallatin.  It's right on Old Hickory Lake on a nice point of land with full amenities including a nice launch area for your boat. Beautiful and peaceful , a great place to camp!  
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If you get up early you can enjoy some spectacular sunrises!
 
A view of the lake near the boat ramp
A view of the lake near the boat ramp... Notice the blue heron fishing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       There are 43 campsites available with some of them being lakefront. Being that it is so close to Nashville it seems to be pretty popular so I would suggest reservations be made.  Old Hickory Lake is great for fishing.... The World Record Walleye was caught here!                                                      
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This photo shows some of the lakefront campsites available at cages bend campground.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you need a campground close to Nashville ..  this is the one!                                                                                   John