Find answers, ask questions, and connect with other fishing enthusiasts.

Forums Forums Percy Priest Lake April 26

  • Posted by Brian on April 26, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Yesterday I fished with Trey Neal in the Loins Club Tourny. We caught a lot of fish, had some keepers, and lost some nice fish. At the end of the day we did not have near the weight we needed and were frustrated by the fish we lost. The last several weeks it has been almost a piece of cake to go out and catch bass with several NICE ones in the batch. However, come tournament time things seem to change….lol

    Our first spot was Mouse Tail Island(it pretty much had to be after all the fish we have been catching there). Yesterday I fished with 2 clients at two different times and caught a total of 10 bass, including a 5lb and 3lb. Today I made my first cast on the east point with my 1/4oz shaky head with green/gold flake Trick worm and BOOM, I set the hook on a 1.5lb. I thought to myself “first cast…alright, lets do this.” The next hour we fished up the north bank with just a few more short fish and lost a decent one. The water was 66 degrees with normal 1.5 clarity.

    Next we moved to the pocket on the right just before the Hobson Pike bridge. Well, not actually the pocket, the area from the bridge to the pocket/cove(I fished here yesterday with some clients and we caught 7, including a 3lb). I put the boat in 8ft-10ft and we cast our shaky heads into big boulders in 3ft-4ft(there is a big branch poking out of the water right where we sat). We fished there for 45 minutes and caught 5 short fish and broke off on one possible good fish.

    Our third spot was “Firemens hole”, the big long rocky point(4th point) on your right when your coming from Four Corners going up lake. There I put this boat in 8ft-10ft and we cast our shaky heads and A-rigs into 4ft-6ft. We caught 6 there with 4 just under 15″. I lost a good fish in 8ft and then broke off one on a C-rig in 10ft! It appeared to be one of those days setting in.

    Next we moved under the bridge and to stopped at the powerlines are on the left. Fishing there all the way to the rip-rap near the road we caught 6 more short fish and lost a decent fish. It seemed a lot of fish were short-striking our worms. After we set the hook they would be on the line for 1-2 seconds and then come off. Most of our bites came off the rock ledge just before the rip rap.

    We motored back under the bridge and fished between the little and big island just passed the bridge on the right. We have been catching a lot of good smallmouth here sitting in 8ft casting to sand and boulders in 4ft-5ft. Fishing shaky heads and c-rigs with blk/blu sinkos we caught one 14″ largemouth after 1 hour.

    Next we tried the hump out in front Bryants Grove boat ramp. Same lures we caught 2 including 1 keeper on the green shaky head. The bass were sitting right on the ledge in 8ft.

    Our second to last spot was the little cove at the Youth Inc dock. We flipped our shaky heads and Texas Rig Paca Craw(brown/orange) and caught another keeper under the logs in the shallow water! After we ran out of wood we moved to the big point on the left at Stewarts Creek and fished the left side of the point out of the wind. With just a few minutes to go we caught 3 more and lost what felt like a good one on a shaky head.

    All and all…very frustrating day. I thought we would get more big bites and the ones we did get unbuttoned. I have a few friends that fished near us throughout the day that weighed some nice fish on the same pattern….it just did not develop for us. Thinking back I probably would have fished the same way if I had to do it again. I have been catching too many quality fish the last couple weeks, but it’s still tempting to think of what I could have done and play Monday quarterback. Back at it tomorrow on Old Hickory.

    Brian replied 9 years, 2 months ago 8 Members · 9 Replies
  • 9 Replies
  • snowman

    April 27, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Tough day but it wasn’t for a lack of trying…hate catching a fish on the first cast…that’s the kiss of death! LOL

  • eanderson

    April 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Dylan and I fished the Tourney too. It was rough with all the wind for sure. Might be the windiest day Ive fished before but at least the rain held off!

    We passed you a few times in different spots. Ive only caught one small mouth in my life and it was only about 14 inches. Saturday I caught 3 that were between 3.4 and 4lbs. Lost one that was probably even bigger from the way it was fighting. We just never found the kicker fish we needed to cull the small large mouths we had. Ended up 11th with 14.5lbs. It was fun though catching my first small mouths!!

    The only thing we could get them to really bite on good was a texas rigged senko. Shakey heads they were eating the tail as you said or were all short fish. Seems the larger fish were a foot or so off the bottom for us everywhere.


  • creekcrappie

    April 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    We fished the fishers of men tournament. We ended up with 13.87 pounds and we had 3 that were around 3.5 pounds. The other two were smaller keepers. I caught mine on a Carolina rig, shaky head, and a spinnerbait. My partner caught his on a swing head jig. We won big fish and placed 3rd. Winner has 14 something. We culled 3 times and 6 keepers were 5 feet of water or deeper. We also lost a 3-4 pounder on a spinnerbaits at the boat that would have won the tournament for us.

  • jpoban

    April 29, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Can’t find Mouse Tail Island on either map. Please tell me where to find it ! Thanks

  • halfbass

    April 29, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Google it on Percy Priest Lake and you will see where it is.


  • dcdietzel

    April 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Anyone have the GPS coordinates of “Firemens Hole”?

  • dcdietzel

    April 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Mousetrail Island N 36°04.355 W 086°33.170. Hope this helps.

  • ajspence2

    April 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    is this mouse tail?

  • Brian

    April 30, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    It looks like it at winter pool.

Log in to reply.