Hot, Hot, Hot!
Saturday I fished from 7am-5pm and for the first time I felt my body telling me “you have to get out of this heat!” I drank a ton of water, but this heat still whooped my butt.
Nevertheless, the fishing was okay in the morning.
I started the morning running the same pattern as the day before. We started at the ledge/hump on the right just before the Weakley Lane bridge. I scanned the channel lesge 50 yards to the bridge and found a school of bass near the bridge in 16ft directly on the ledge. I dropped the trolling motor and put the boat in 30ft. We made long cast with 1/4oz shaky heads with watermelon/red flake Zoom Trick worms and 5/16oz swing head jigs with brown/blue Big Bite Craws. Casting into 12ft and dragging slowly down the ledge we caught 3 short fish in 30 minutes.
Next we moved to the left point on the main channel at Lamar Hill. We marked a few fish in 12ft and decided to give it try. We sat in 18ft and cast the same lures to where we marked the fish. We dragged slowly for 30 minutes with only had one bite and decided to make a move.
Over to Jones Mill point we sat in 45ft and cast same lures 20 yards to the left and right of the green channel buoy. I marked tons of fish here(especially to the right of the buoy). During the 45 minutes we where there we caught 3, including one around 2.5lbs. We also lost a few and broke off on one! Most of the bites came to the left of the buoy right on the sharp rock ledge!
I wanted to try something different so I drove up-lake into Spring Creek. We drove towards the back and fished a ledge on the right before the last big flat near the finger coves. Dragging our soft plastics from 8ft-14ft we never received our first bite. There was some bait around, but not much like other times during the summer months.***The first cove on the right once you enter Spring Creek had tons of bait and some smaller bass feeding I heard.***
I motored to the long stretch at the mouth of Spring Creek and took a left into the flat in between Spring and Fall Creek. I went all the way to the back left corner and tied on 1/2oz rattle traps in sexy shad and sexy shad/chart color patterns. The water temperature was 89 degrees!!! We found a school of shad and bass in 5ft and started chucking to where the fish were busting the surface. Burning our rattle traps with a quick pause every few seconds we caught 8 bass in 30 minutes. No giants, but a fun size. With the water being so hot is seems only small fish are shallow(at least from what I’ve experienced).
Our last spot was behind Fate Sanders Marina. I idled to the back right corner and stopped 2 cast from the bank. There were a lot of bait on the down and side scan that look promising. I kept the boat in 8ft and we cast into 4ft with our soft plastics to the rock points and the rock hump in the back right corner. We caught 6 more, including 2 keepers off the hump. Our time was up and we had to leave.
All and all, okay day. We caught a few here and there, but had a few dead periods of our trip also. The deep bite is still the best bite, but with the water levels changing and temperatures rising, the fish are moving more.
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