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  • Posted by Brian on August 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Monday I went out for a few hours with my dog Mo. My last trip to the lake was really tough, so I was ready to redeem myself.

    Wanting to do something different, I launched the boat up lake at Jefferson Springs boat ramp.

    On deck I had a few rods; a weightless chartreuse fluke, T-rig(with 3/16oz) with a red bug baby brush hog, white/chart Hoppy’s 1/2oz spinnerbait, and a Shad Rap(Thread Fin color). I motored down to the Symrna pump house and started scanning the rip rap on the main channel. There was bait everywhere with a several bass in the rocks and on the bottom in 14ft. I shut the motor off, grabbed my brush hog and started casting to the rip rap near the pump house. On my 3rd cast…thump, thump! The fish was carrying my plastic away and I set the hook….missed him. I continued down the rocks further to the point of the rip rap before it turns to the back of the cove. Right on the point I threw up to the back….gulp! I set the hook and landed a nice short bass. I continued the rip rap around the back into the shallow water, but the bait quickly diminished and I pulled up the trolling motor.

    I motored to the first big flat on the left after the Jefferson Pike bridge, bait concentrate there consistently throughout the summer. There was a boat sitting right where I wanted to fish so I motored up 1/4 mile to the next flat on the right where there are 2 PVC pipes. I put the trolling motor down and started casting my brush hog. There was bait everywhere, but not many bass chasing… no bites. This is a good spot because the PVC poles are in 5ft-6ft and just a cast away I can be sitting in 20ft!

    I moved up into the East for and stopped right before the East Fork boat ramp. I like to fish the rip rap point on the left just before boat ramp. The bait and bass hold there sometimes. The shade was casting on the rocks…..looking perfect! Also, I scanned the bank and saw bait and bass feeding! I picked up my Texas Rig brush hog, made one flip…..glup. I set the hook and fought a 3+ largemouth into the boat! I continued down the rip rap and caught 1 more with same lure. A few bass would surface here and there in the shade, but I could not get one to commit to my fluke or shad rap.

    My last spot was up just a little further at the 840 bridge. I idled up into the shade, put my old man chair up on the front deck and started casting my black Hoppy’s buzzbait. First 3 cast bass were striking it multiple times while retrieving. I switched over to my fluke and chucked it into the middle of the channel in the shade….BOOM, BOOM! It was on from there on. The next 2 hours I sat in the same spot chucking my fluke, shad rap, and buzzbait, catching 10-15 bass and serveral! My fluke was the best producer.

    II got off the lake at 1130am. It was a great morning!

    Brian replied 9 years, 10 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • simplecircuit

    Member
    August 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Nice report.
    Have you heard anything about the lower end of the lake? After reading the last couple of reports, I’m starting to regret having gone to Old HIckory on Monday [zero’d] instead of Priest…
    Although, I was fishing mid-day. So, no telling how I would have fared at Priest either.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    August 6, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    One of my other guides(Ben Malone) did a electronic teaching class down lake and they had success fishing humps in 22ft.

  • lrodsangel

    Member
    August 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    We went to Percy Priest Tuesday and all we brought in was a 2 pound catfish and a small blue gill. I caught those – my son and grandson caught nothing. 🙁 We were all around the lower part of the lake and right past the Cook ramp. Nada

  • ibdally111

    Member
    August 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Man, this reads like my first two years on Priest when I concentrated on the East and West fork areas. The spot by the east fork ramp (awesome the last 2 years) and the 840 bridge (more bass seem to have moved to the bridge this year) were my most consistent spots. Besides winter, those spots produce fish on a regular basis. The two PVC poles you mentioned right outside of the shallow cove have been a spot where I stop all the time but rarely pick up fish unless I get farther back in the cove. Have you ever caught bass there Brian? That spot reminds me of the point right outside fall creek and just seems like it should always hold fish. The other spot I fish in the forks is the old road way in West fork. I have caught several toads there and two 8-10 lb. flatheads. Great advice if you like river water and have a smaller motor like I do. Thanks for the report Brian.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    August 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Yes, I have caught fish there. Only in the summer though when the bait is piled up there.

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