Yesterday I fished the Volunteer Bass Club tournament out of Flippers. Fishing with one of my clients we had a fun day catching around 15 bass, including 9 keepers with our best 5 for 13.40lbs for a 3rd place finish.
We launched at 530am and made the long run to the Hobson Pike bridge. The day before while practicing for a few hours I scanned several school of bass around the ledge under the bridge and quickly caught a 4lb in 10ft on a 5/16oz shaky head with magnum trick worm 5″ in apple color. I left the fish alone and tried a few other ledges with little results. Back to the tournament….I pulled up to the bridge in between the 2nd and 3rd pillar where the ledge drops. The water temperature was 84 with a little current moving. Switching between a Strike King 5XD and 6XD in sexy shad pattern hoping to find some big schoolers….I never had a bite. With the boat in 20+ft on the down side of the bridge casting up to the ledge in 6ft picked up my shaky head and started dragging. After 20 minutes I caught our first keepers 1.25lbs. Unfortunately, we never had another bite after an hour and I felt we needed to make a move.
I headed down lake to the cubby hole in the channel across from Cages Bend Creek. With the boat in 8ft-10ft we sat in the middle of the cubby hole and cast to the edges in 3ft with our shaky heads……nada.
I made the decision early that after I fished a few deep spots I was going to head up into the river and try to scrape up some good fish with a buzzbait if it was cloudy or a jig if it was sunny. After passing Bledsoe Creek we stopped at the mouth of a few little coves and nooks casting 3/8oz Hoppy’s Tally Whacker buzzbaits in black and the other in white/chart. Fishing just the points of the coves and nooks focusing around and wood we caught 3 more bass including 1 keeper. Each of these bass were in 2ft-4ft.
I motored us into Bartons Creek near the back where the channel swing up against the right bank for 300 yards and there is 4-5 good points and coves. With the boat in 8ft I started casting a KVD 1.5 in shad color around the rocks(fishing further up into the creek). The bank deepened after 15 minutes so I picked up my 3/8oz black/blue jig with a green pumpkin/blue flake Big Bite Bait craw trailer. With the boat in 10+ft I started pitching to the boulder rocks and wood. After 1 hours and 200 yards of point, rocks, and wood we caught 4 bass including 3 keepers and a 4lb! We went back and forth a few time catching a couple more short keepers. After we fished a while without a bite I decided to make a move back down lake…..hoping to get back on the bridge and catching a couple biggins in the shade.
As we reached the bridge to no surprise there was already a boat there…..darn! I continue to the mouth of Spencer Creek and parked the boat near the little green channel buoy(buoy is write on the channel). I scanned and found a few fish on the right point of the entrance and tossed a marker buoy. After backing off 25 yards I picked up a 5/16oz shaky head with the magnum trick worm and started dragging from 6ft-14ft. After 15 minutes, BOOM! I set the hook and yelling BIGGIN! I fought the fish to the boat and we netted a near 5lb! We decided to stay there until the end of the tournament with hopes of catching another 5lb. We never caught another 5lb, but we did catching another 3lb! After our time expired we headed in. We had 13.40lbs and took 3rd.
All and all, great day! I was happy to get a great finish on Old Hickory since I have not been over there as much. We did not get a ton of bites, but was able to cull a lot of fish which is always fun. At the weigh in it seemed like a lot of fish were caught both shallow and deep, however most of the bigger fish came out of 10ft-14ft on worms.
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