The first time back on the water after being sick, but not 100% yet. I had two hybrid trips today that I probably should have moved knowing the north wind was going to be 20 miles per hour.
We started in front of Bryant’s Grove Cove at 8am. The first 45 minutes we trolled Alabama rigs, swimbaits, and flukes over 40 feet of water. We had three good bites where we couldn’t get to the rod fast enough before it let go and we caught one 2lb hybrid. The wind started picking up about 9am, but we were able to fish straight down with shiners without getting blown around too much. We had one get off and missed another.
We tried a few other areas, but couldn’t find any big schools. We ended up going back to our first spot but it was way too windy. The water temperature was 46 degrees, which I was very excited about! Water clarity was about 1.5ft.
On my second trip we went back to Bryant’s Grove Cove, but the wind again was too strong to sit still so we went up in the river. I scanned weakley lane bridge up to Fate Sanders recreational boat ramp. I found a few fish, but they were all scattered. Next we cruised up and fished the channel just up from the Fall Creek entrance. There were no hybrids or any big marks on the screen. The water temperature was 49 to 51 degrees! The clouds start moving in and with the wind it became very cold. We decide to call it a day early and head on in. Hopefully I make it out Wednesday and am able to sit still and catch some fish. These last few hybrid trips have been a whole lot tougher than hybrid fishing normally is! But that’s kind of how guiding goes sometimes.
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