I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! It has been nice taking a little break and spending time with family. Yesterday I made it out for a few hours with a couple clients. The water was up 4ft again and muddy all the way from Fate Sanders to a mile passed Hobson Pike bridge! It appeared the water was a little clearer in back of some coves due to other fishermen focusing on those areas. The water temperature was 57-60 which is crazy for almost January!
We started just in Hamilton Creek on the left bank near Anderson boat ramp. The water clarity was 1.5ft with more stained water in the channel coming from the back of Hamilton. We fished from the point near the boat ramp to the following point casting all topwater baits…..Heddon sexy spook, a whopper plopper, and a black Hoppy’s Tally Whacker 3/8oz. Sitting a 4ft-8ft and casting into 1ft for 100 yards we received zero bites. I cut the topwater baits off and tied on 3/16oz shaky heads with green pumpkin Zoom Trick worms. After 25 minutes of casting to the same depths we finally got our first bite. My client set the hook and pulled a 4+lb largemouth to the surface. He fought the fish for a few seconds before in unbuttoned….darn. We continued down the bank for 30 minutes longer without a bite and then idled over to the next main lake point on the left. I backed off into 10ft-14ft while we cast our shaky heads into 4ft-6ft. We fished around the point for 30 minutes without a bite and then decided to move since we were moving into stained water.
I motored across the channel to left point of Sailboat Cove. We fished from the point to boat ramp(going towards the back of Hamilton) with our shaky heads. While sitting in 8ft and casting into 2ft-4ft……zero bites!
I decided to make a bigger move over to Seven Points. The wind was ripping into the cove across from the Seven Point boat ramp so I headed straight to the back and tied on a red, sexy shad, and TN shad 1/2oz Strike King rattle traps. I parked the boat in 6ft and we made long cast to the shallow rocks in 1ft-2ft that were getting pounded by waves. The water was still clear with 1.5ft visibility. The first 100 yards we missed one fish and caught 2 other bass, one short and one keeper. The first came on the red craw color and the second came on the TN shad. After we caught the second fish that’s when the fishing came to a halt. I noticed in between a few rocks a little white dog sitting in the water shaking. I trolled up closer and realized he was an older dog that appeared to be blind in one eye and confused. I spoke to my clients and asked if they were against us putting the fishing on hold to help the little guy. I wasn’t sure if he would let us pick him up, but as we got closer he tried to come to us. The rocks were too shallow to get to him so I leaped to the bank and picked him up. He was a lot older than I thought and VERY skinny. We had a hard time getting the boat close to the bank so I forfeited my boots and just walked back to the boat in the water. My clients decided to cut the day short and take care of the dog. I was fine with that since it was slow the first couple hours as long as they let me take them out again. On the boat ride home I snapped a picture of the dog with found dog report and posted it on Facebook. When I got home I gave him a bath and some ham and started thinking about what I was going to do with him. A few hours later before I came to a decision I received a phone call around 6pm. It was a lady that saw my Facebook post and posted it to a few forums around the area. She said she thinks she found the owners. She explained the owners lost the dog last night. I explained to her I happy to hear the good new, but this dog was in horrible health and I was not sure I’m willing to put him back into that environment. She understood and told me she would look into it further. 30 minutes later the owner called me and explained the dog “Tennessee” was 13 years old and has kidney failure. Knowing that, I was happy to let them know where to meet me to pick him up. They said they let him out the night before to go to the bathroom and when there was a loud lightning strike he took off into the woods. They searched, and searched, and searched all night and day, even putting up signs throughout the community. He wandered miles away from home right to where I was fishing! This little guy was so happy to see them!!! I thank God for using me to help reunite this family!
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