Brian, Can you post an update for Old Hickory?Posted by bigred on November 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm
Brian, it’s Nov 15 and I could really use an update as to fish location and tactics. The water is still holding around 60 degrees, maybe upper 50’s in spots. Steam Plant area is in the 70’s. I live on Cairo Bend Road so any info for up here would be very welcome. It’s a long run down to the locations you normally discuss.
Thanks in advance !
MemberNovember 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm
Here’s a post from the recent Bassmaster Weekend Series victory on Old Hickory. The winner is from Cookeville and the article says he fished Bartons, Bledsoe and Spring Creeks, which are out your way.
AdministratorNovember 16, 2013 at 12:38 am
The article above it awesome! It really gives the best up to date report for OH. Especially for that area of the lake.
MemberNovember 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm
I work with a guy whose brother-in-law fishes that end of the lake daily. His advice is to ALWAYS fish shallow on the upper end of the lake. He likes to fish Bledsoe and Cedar creeks. Pitching and cranking shallow timber are a couple of his stand-bys. Also, he has a lot of confidence in fishing a white swim jig with a white Paca Chunk trailer around boat docks. This all seems to match up with the BWS results. The couple of people I talked to were all doing the same stuff. Shallow cranking and buzzbaits on visible targets [wood, logjams, etc…]
MemberNovember 20, 2013 at 2:25 am
I wonder what color Bandit 100 Adam was using on Old Hickory up in Bledsoe. He says it is a hard to find color.
MemberNovember 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm
Guys, thanks for all the advice and information! It can get a bit “lonely” up here without all the milfoil :> I’ll fish today and tomorrow, then post what I found.
MemberNovember 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm
i’ll be up your way alot soon my duck blind this year is near cairo so thats where we put in. I see alot of timber and log jams i would love to fish but dont get the opportunity when i’m up there. good luck
MemberDecember 1, 2013 at 1:12 am
Sorry guys, I was down with a bad cold for the last week. But, I went out today. Launched in Barton Creek. Creek temp was 48 degrees. Main lake was right at 50 degrees. River had a good flow, I think they were running two generators. Anyway, was a little confused about where the bass would be … I’ve read that below 50 degrees and the bass return to main lake “winter” locations. I idled around checking creek mouths, inside turns, bluff walls and the ledges along some big flats … didn’t mark a single fish. I was reading in Bassmaster that you should only fish where you actually mark fish since the bass will school very tightly. Makes them a bit harder to find but once you do locate them the school shoould be good sized. All the areas that I checked were straight out of the article. I started to look up in the creeks but the wind had come up pretty strong and boat control on the trolling motor can get difficult with the way the wind tunnels down those creek channels.
So, spent 3 hours doing a pretty good search and didn’t find a single medium or bigger bass. I run my switchfire set on medium sized fish alarm and actually watch the down imaging as I search. That way I have the alarm backup to anything I spot visually.
Wish I had better news. I’ll be heading out tomorrow since it looks to be a good day. Hopefully, a better post will follow!
MemberDecember 1, 2013 at 7:30 am
Sometimes in the winter you won’t mark the fish in your graph because they are too tight to the bottom.
As for the secret bandit color… I’m curious too. I have had a lot of success on OH fishing with the ghost minnow color from lucky craft. Do bandit make anything similar? Good luck tomorrow. It should be nice.
AdministratorDecember 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm
Yea, they have ghost color I use quite a bit.
MemberDecember 1, 2013 at 3:56 pmquote simplecircuit:
You nailed my problem from yesterday. I was looking for more of a smallmouth pattern where they would be less tight to structure, more suspended close to something.
Thanks for the re-focus on largemouth … now I get to fish the areas instead of sitting on my butt staring at the screen.
Going out soon … will post on return …
MemberDecember 2, 2013 at 1:10 am
Bandits have two ghost colors – sparkle ghost and a brand new blue ghost color. Bass pro doesn’t have the new blue ghost. I did find it on landbigfish.com site. I am making a order soon. Which one would you buy?
AdministratorDecember 2, 2013 at 1:14 am
I’ve been using the old color.
MemberDecember 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm
The “butter bean” color is the closes that I see to the Lucky Craft “Ghost Minnow” color.
Also, for some reason, at OH I always do the best with a rattling squarebill. The silent ones don’t seem to catch as many fish. There is an old youtube video of Rick Clunn talking about the Elite Series Tournament at OH a few years ago. He noticed the same thing. He was getting better quality and more bites on the rattling versions of the lure.
MemberDecember 4, 2013 at 1:12 am
I looked for a vintage ghost color bandit but couldn’t find it. Must be hard to get. The lucky craft square bills in ghost minnow look great but sure are expensive.
MemberDecember 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm
The Lucky Crafts are definitely expensive.
I had a 6lb Largemouth break me off on one at Old Hickory a couple of years ago. It ended up that I had a cracked line guide on my rod. At the end of the day, I was more upset about losing the only rattling ghost minnow squarebill that I had than losing fish… Now I have too many of them. 😳
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