Bass (4/4/15) & Crappie (4/5/15)
My partner and I decided at the last minute to go fish USA Bassin’ out of Fate Sanders on Saturday. We hadn’t been to PP since Feb. 28th so it was a risk. We’re glad we did! Without having any prior knowledge we just stuck to what we knew best which was going up river and fishing flats and Spring/Fall Creeks. We ended up catching 40+ bass with 10 keepers. We didn’t have any big fish at all as our best five were only 11.5lbs. We enjoyed the day though because it was a solid, constant bite. We caught everything in 1ft-4ft of water on rattle traps, cranks, top water, and jerk baits. In a span of 15 casts, I was able to boat 4 keepers off one spot. We made passes throughout that day on that spot and every time we stopped we caught at least 2-3 fish (only keepers on that 1st attempt though). We had a blast fishing which is all you can ask for but on top of that we were able to place 2nd. It was a good day. During the day fishing, I caught a 15″ black crappie on a crankbait! I actually got caught on a twig and popped it loose. When I popped it loose, a second later my line started running. I set the hook like I was Texas-rigging. I thought I had a bass until it came up next to the boat. I was shocked. Two hours later on the river flat/pocket near Fate Sanders, my partner caught a 14.5″ crappie on a small jerk bait.
That made me think the crappie bite must be on so….
After church on Easter Sunday, I decided to do a little crappie fishing. My wife wanted to join. First off let me say that the weather man is wrong a lot around here. It wasn’t warm and partly cloudy/mostly sunny! It was cool, completely cloudy and VERY WINDY. That led to a trip in which I honestly regret doing now. It was a pain! My wife isn’t a fisher-woman (if that’s how you say it), so the wind with light tackle made things worse. Between getting her line out of limbs and baiting minnows, I didn’t have much time to fish. While I was working on the tackle, the wind would blow me way off or right on top of my spots. It was a tough day. We started in Spring Creek. We fished TWRA posts, crappie stakes, bushes, and limbs that we could find (or I had marked) all the way to the finger coves. We only caught 3 crappie w/ 1 keeper and that was in 2ft deep in 6ft of water on a minnow. It was just a bend in the creek on the deep side near rock. While she was watching the bobbers, I was casting a 1/16oz crappie magnet jig. I ended up catching a crappie, 3 stripe, and 3 bluegill doing this. We packed up and motored over to Fall Creek. I idled to the back and began fishing. On the first TWRA stake bed we started fishing, I caught a crappie on the first cast. A 12″ beautiful black crappie. Next cast? Wham! Another but short. After that my wife caught about 4 blue gill back to back to back on minnows. Then the bite was over (the wind may have blown me too close). We fished around the bend and only caught one more crappie, which kept on a stump cluster. We caught a stripe and a few bluegill on the mini bluff rock wall on the left side but that was it. On the way back to Fate Sanders, we stopped and hit a river pocket with some wood on it. This is where I caught the big crappie the day before on the crank bait. The wind was whipping through at this point and I gave it about 5 minutes before throwing back 2 keeper crappie and about a dozen minnows and heading home. Final report: fishing from 1pm-4pm we caught 6 crappie (2 keepers), 10+ bluegill, 3-4 stripe. (I only was able to fish about 1.5 hours out of that 3 cause I was constantly battling the wind or getting line untangled or out of the tree limbs. Curse that wind!)
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