June 12…friday report
The last few days on Percy Priest have been great for crappie and inconsistent for bass. The crappie have been biting really well Mid-lake in 12ft -18ft in brush piles tight lining with minnows and 1/8 ounce Crappie Magnets in chartreuse and pearl color pattern. The minnows have dominated the Crappie Magnets this week, but I’m sure they will be back on fire shortly.
As for the bass, today I started out behind Hong Kong Island. There’s a big point in the back left behind Hong Kong Island that extends out 100 yards. On top of the point is 5ft to 7ft and surrounding the point is anywhere from 8 to 20 feet. We have been catching a lot of bass (mostly short bass) on rattle traps and poppers. It appears the larger bass are not schooling with the smaller bass and are probably hanging out deeper near the point. However, I have not been able to hang into any good 3 to 5 pounders the last few trips. In 45 minutes we caught 2 fish….one a rattle trap and one on a zara spook. After we finished behind Hong Kong Island we moved to the Smyrna pump house cut through to try some buzzbaits. My thought was with all the rain we have had the current would attract active bass. That was not the case. We fished for half an hour down the right side of the bank coming from Fate Sanders marina without one bite. We packed up our gear and headed towards Weakley lane bridge to try to catch some suspending bass on the concrete. After 20 minutes of fishing with rattle traps, zara spooks and sinkos we decided to leave after getting no bites. Next we moved to Sister Cove and fished the right bank going in. We noticed there was a ton of bait in the middle and after fishing 100 yards in 1 to 5 feet with Texas rig brush hogs, rattle traps zara spooks we thought we would try out deeper where the shad and fish were busting the surface. After 20 minutes without a bite, we decided to move out into the deeper water and try Carolina rigs and shakey hands with brush hogs and trick worms. Nothing there. We motored back to Hong Kong Island on the point in the back and as soon as we arrived we saw shad busting all around the point. Casting 1/2 red eye chrome rattle traps, poppers and flukes we caught around 12 bass! It was fun catching 12 to 14 inch fish for an hour, but then we wanted to continue searching for larger fish. We motored up to hole in the wall below Hibson Pike bridge and fish the north point where the bluff turns into a sandy point. Keeping our boat in 20 feet in casting in 8 feet with our Carolina rig and shaky heads we received no bites. Our last spot was underneath the power lines next to Hobson Pike bridge. Fishing for 100 yards we had several bites, but never hooked up. It was a tough day and we fished lot of different areas and patterns, but never got on the fish like we wanted to. Wish I had a better report…… looking forward to getting back out in the morning and trying to find some bigger, active fish.
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