The last 2 days on Priest have been tough. The cool front that moved in slowed the bass down and moved them around. Some of the areas that have been productive you can see the bass sitting on the bottom, but they won’t budge. On a positive note, I have able to find a couple new spots that produced quality fish!
Thursday after my crappie trip I went back out for a couple hours to get some video. Before I turned the camera on I headed over to the Stewart’s Creek main channel point at the mouth and parked the boat in 25ft. On the tip of the point there were 6-8 bass. I picked up my 1/2oz wobble head jig with Ol Monster Plum worm and chucked it on top of the point of in 10ft. I made several cast before I got my first bite…..2.5lb. Moments later I caught a 1.5lb. I fished for 15 minutes and then packed it up. I scanned across the channel to the right(to the right of the point I just left near the little read buoy) and looked for more fish. I found several awesome drops and humps with boulders, but never found a good school of bass. I scanned both points to the Stewart’s Creek boat ramp cove……nada. Then I moved over to the long point across from the boat ramp cove and started scanning the creek ledge in 15ft. There are a lot of stumps on this ledge that I use to crappie fish, but rarely bass fish. As I approached the PVC poles following the ledge I found several bass on a big laydown in 13ft. I dropped a buoy and backed off. Casting my Zoom Ol Monster in Plum into the wood(snagging it a few times) I never had a bite. I was very excited to find a new spot for another time though. As I continued down the ledge 30ft beside the big point/drop off, I found a little platform in 15ft that was about the size of my boat. All around this platform/shelf the point dropped straight off, but this shelf gave the fish a place to hold and there were a dozen bass on top of it! I backed off into 22ft and started casting my worm to 12ft dragging over the shelf….BOOM…..BOOM….BOOM! The next 20 minutes I caught 4 and lost just as many! None of them were giants, but decent size and fun!
The next day I fished my butt off and had almost zero luck! Here are areas I tried:
Main Stewart’s Creek Point…..nada(I could see the fish, but not get them to bite).
Point that I caught fish on the day before…nada….fish were gone.
The back of Stewart’s Creek past back boat ramp fishing with shallow crankbaits(shad pattern), worms, and Bull Ribits frogs around grass….nada
First cut through….2 bites……nada
Second cut through……nada
Jones Mill big point on left…..nada
Weakley Lane bridge pillar with poppers, crankbaits, spooks….nada
Hump before Weakley on the right…nada
The only spot I found fish was just pass the second cut through. There is a hump with brushpiles that I fish all the time 100 yards behind the red channel buoy, but today I scanned another little rock hump next to that hump and found a school of big fish! This hump is closer to the Youth Inc bank about 50 yards. It is 13ft on top with boulder rocks. I picked up my Strike King 6XD in yellow bass pattern and started making 30 yards cast. After 10 minutes….POW… I pulled this dude off the bottom, fought him to the boat, and swung in a 3lb! A couple cast later my client caught a nice hybrid on the same bait just citrus shad patter! 10 minutes later…3.5lb largemouth! Few minutes later another hybrid. It died off after that, but I was tickle to find some quality bass on a spot that I was not very confident at. I knew there was a hump there, but I never found the big rocks. Now I have it as part of my arsenal!
All and all, TOUGH days. However, I found 3 new spots and that’s crucial to future success. The heat is about to move back into TN and that kinda stinks, but the fishing will get back to normal!
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