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  • Posted by Brian on August 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Yesterday was one of the toughest days I’ve had in a while!

    I fished the Saturday morning tournament out of Fate Sanders.

    Last week I found some bass behind the Smyrna pump house, so I headed straight there with my buzzbait tied on. As I entered the cut through I noticed bass on the sonar and up on the flat to right(when you enter from the Fate Sanders entrance). I raised the trolling motor up for the shallow water and started casting my 3/8oz Hoppy’s Hawg Buzz in black. After 10 minutes I caught one 12″ bass on my trailer hook. 30 minutes later without another bite… was time to leave.

    My second spot was in Savage Branch next to Four Corners. I motored to the back of the cove on the right and started casting a Hoppy’s 1/2oz spinnerbait(white/chart with tandem blades), around the rocks and grass. 20 minutes in I caught another short bass on a trailer hook again. Not much activity, so I packed it up.

    I moved to the little rock island behind the bigger island near Hobson Pile bridge. Fishing near the red buoy I marked bass all over the hump in 14ft. I tried shaky heads, swimbaits and rattle traps with no takers! While we were there the bass would surface on shad every few minutes, some of which were nice size, but I could not get one to bite. After 30 minutes of trying to trigger the bigger fish to bite I decided to move on.

    I fished the hump in front of Fate Sanders with shaky heads and swimbaits….nada. Tried Stewarts Creek point, lost 2+lb keepr when it unhook at boat and lost a good fish on a swimbait after a school of big bass came to the surface near the boat. Here I were sitting on top of the point casting out. The bass would come up to the surface right on top of the point. I could see some down up the bottom as well with my structure scan, but could not get them to bite either.

    Motored back to Bryants Grove and put the boat in 25ft just outside the long point near the green buoy. I cast a 3/4oz PB&J football jig into some bass I scanned with my Lowrance and dragged back slowly…..nothing. I tried bouncing, twitching and swimming……nada!

    Lastly, I tried the hump across from Bryants Grove boat ramp. On top of the hump there are some brushpiles(I believe some are in the BCGS coordinate list for brushpiles) and started casting a big ZOOM ribbon tail worm(plum) on a 3/4oz weight. Had 3 bites, none would hold on to bait. The boat was in 18ft and I was casting into 12ft.

    The day was over and I was ready to go home…..goose egg! I found bass at almost every spot, just could not buy many bites. What a humbling day. The bass were so fickle for me. I might be able to get out tomorrow morning for a little while……if so, it will be redemption day!

    krogers79 replied 9 years, 10 months ago 6 Members · 11 Replies
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  • creekcrappie

    August 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I had just about the same day as Brian did. I would work so hard for a bite, and then the fish would not hang on to the bait. Lost fish, missed fish, and bait with the backs ripped off was how the day went.

  • jard

    August 4, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I fished saturday form 2-6:30. from smith springs to bryants grove fishing deep channel ledges. Marked lots of bait and didnt draw as much as a sniff. Lots of boats and waves just made it even tougher. No more saturday afternoon fishing for me.

  • krogers79

    August 4, 2014 at 2:36 am

    This afternoon wasn’t much better. Fished for 4 hrs and had a handful of bites. The lone bright spot was this fish that came off of a ledge in 10 ft of water on a PB&J jig.

  • creekcrappie

    August 4, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I love fishing that ledge ;). Nice fish.

  • krogers79

    August 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Yeah…the only GPS coordinates needed are in the background. 😀

  • simplecircuit

    August 4, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I “fished” the lower end of the lake with my 5yo son and wife.
    It really wasn’t a fishing trip as much as a casting and swimming trip. We would stop somewhere and they would swim for a bit, then we would go fish for a few mins, then swim, then fish.
    There were a lot of fish schooling on shad between the rock hump and Nashville Shores on that little secondary channel [not really a channel, don’t run through there unless you know EXACTLY where you are going]. After seeing shad getting rounded up on the surface, I set my little one up with a boo-rig with a small swimbait trailer. He calls it his Alabama Rig, but it only has one hook/lure. He ended up catching a little 1-2lb hybrid and a keeper smallmouth [that was so skinny, i think it would have eaten anything it could get close to. It was his first smallie. So, he was thrilled. I also was pulling up a ton of milfoil in the back of Old Hickory Cove. This is the second time this year that I’ve been catching milfoil. It seems to be getting a little foothold in the pockets on the lower end of the lake. Now if we could just get some hydrilla going too. After his two fish, I ended up catching a drum on a deep diving crankbait. I never cease to be disappointed with hooking drum. This one hit on a drop from 10-40 on the outside of Hamilton Creek. I could have sworn it was a smallmouth the way it hit and started surging and headshaking. Then I saw the telltale purple flash when it got close to the boat. ugh. All in all, it was a nice day. The fish would turn on and start hustling shad anytime the clouds covered the sun and the wind would blow a little. I’m headed out again tomorrow. not sure whether I’ll fish Priest or OH.

    ps. the fish downlake were caught in 4-8ft of water with temps around 82-84degrees. relatively clear. they were clearly feeding on shad.

  • degaman

    August 4, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Caught several 14″ fish on flukes at the point across from Jones Mill before dark. After that it was tough, but managed to catch a few on 7.5″ worms in new spots to me, including 2 keepers.

  • krogers79

    August 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Degaman, was that you in the older Ranger with the E-tec on the back? My buddy and I saw that boat sitting on that point for a couple of hours yesterday evening and I figured the guy was catching fish. 🙂

  • degaman

    August 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Krogers… yeah, that was me. They school there often, and there are always fish and bait showing up on the graph.

  • ibdally111

    August 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    My fishing partner and I tried trolling on Sat morning. I finally rec’d my 12 foot poles last week and have a 10 pole set up now. We were very successful with this set up in the spring for crappie but Sat morning was no spring day. We fished the cove on the right coming out of Fate Sanders. We started trolling 1/16 oz jig and grub and caught a few crappie in 12 foot of water. We ended up with 3 keepers and a total of 7 crappie, 2 catfish, 3 bluegill and around 8 small stripes. We switched to trolling crankbaits later in the morning and that was the key to picking up more crappie. I got the boat too shallow at one point and we lost several crankbaits. ugh. We were on the water from 5 to 9 so not too bad for a summer day I guess. All fish were caught in 10 -16 FOW. I am still getting used to this trolling rig so there was some learning going on but it was a tough day either way. Excited to try this when the crappie move shallow again and it cools off a bit.

  • krogers79

    August 5, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Yeah, that is a go to spot for me as well. I was sitting in the first cut in an older blue Ranger when you rolled through and I told my partner that you were going to the a Jones Mill point. 😀

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