My last trip was phenomenal on the pontoon. Fishing for bass we whacked them catching around 20, including 5 for 18lb-20lb.
We started at the Weakley lane bridge casting pearl flukes(weightless), whacky rigged sinkos(green pumpkin), poppers, and swimbaits. The water temp was 84….perfect for fishing the shade under the bridges…80+ is when it starts consistently producing! We started on the left pillar where we did not get a bite for 10 minutes. Finally one of the clients caught one on his whacky sinko. The next 30 minutes we caught 8 bass, one every few minutes either on the fluke or the sinko. After it slowed down we tried the other pillar…nada.
I trolled over to the flat with the hump on the ledge just 50 yards to the right of the bridge(on the north side of the bridge). The last few days there has been bass feeding periodically on the surface and on the bottom in 10ft-14ft. Usually when the bass are biting at the bridge the hump/flat next to it is a producer as well. I switched over to plastic worms on each rod. Casting T-rigs with Culprit Red Shad ribbion tail, Net Bait Paca craws, and Zoom trick worms(June Bug). After 30 minutes with 2 bites and no hook-ups…time to move.
We moved over to the big point off Stewart’s Creek on the main channel and started casting our plastics to the bottom in 12ft while sitting in 18ft. A lot of rocks and snags, but no fish.
Next, we idled over to the rock hump between the little plastic red buoy and the bigger metal red buoy just off the main channel. I parked the boat in 13ft and we started casting our plastics towards Stewart’s Creek and towards the point to the right. If we were not feeling the rocks we were not getting bites. However, while we were casting perfectly on the rocks we caught 12 with several keepers, including a 5lb, 3lb and a pair of 2+lbs! The red Culprit worm was dominating here today!
Next we moved to the point and hump across from Bryants Grove boat ramp. While sitting in 25+ft and casting into 6ft with our plastics again we fished in front of the PVC pole and to the left 30 yards. In the hour we were there we caught 8 more including another 5lb and several other keepers! The fish were sitting in 8-10ft right on the ledge.
I trolled over to Bryants Gove point off the bluff wall and we fished that ledge while sitting in 20+ft. Casting our same plastics into 6ft-8ft and dragging back slowly we caught 3 more bass, including a 3lb!
With only one hour left I told the guys we needed to go back to the rock hump near Fate Sanders that produced for us. We motored there and I turn the outboard off. Before I could get the trolling motor down my client in the back said “I got one!” I looked back and sure enough he had one on…the lure never touched the bottom! Back on the same pattern as before we caught several more good fish before heading in!
Awesome morning with some really fun guys! This is the time of year the deep biting is a bit timing game. If you see the fish and or bait on a point or hump you need to fish it or fish it at later time to see if they are feeding.
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