June 24….Awesome day!
Today I fished with a father and his two boys who are about to start their first year of college and first year in the Marines. These young men have been coming out with me since they were 12 years old! The last few trips they have seem to bring luck with them……..today was no different.
I have been getting tired of fishing hump after hump, ledge after ledge with bites here and there. So, today I decided I was going to try shallower around the ledges in the creeks instead of the main channel. I think our final count for the day was 40+ bass!!! I’d say it was a good call.
We started in the back of Stewart Creek near the boat ramp. We idled past the boat ramp and followed the channel to the left. Once we past the bend in the channel we dropped the trolling motor and started casting Rat 2.75 Sexy Shad and SquareB 2.75 Sexy Shad to the right bank. As we approached the point we caught 2 bass, including 1 keeper in 4ft of water. There were tons of bait on the structure scan and we had tons of activity around us. I knew we were in a productive area. The yellow bass were stacked in there also, biting every 3 cast. After 30 minutes with only a few bites I made the decision to navigate further back. As we approached the next flat on the right I started noticing bass busting the surface really shallow(2ft-3ft). I told my client when they felt they could reach the fish to make and long cast and start cranking their baits really fast. First rattle trap that made it into the action…boom, 2lbs. The next 45 minutes we sat there catching fish every few cast on our rattle traps and crankbaits! After the activity slowed down we rounded the point and continued fishing the same lures. I changed to a 3/8oz Strike King Jig(blk/brwn) with green Paca Craw and picked up a keeper fishing the opposite bank on the rip rap. We continued back further and as we rounded the next turn to the left we noticed more bass feeding on this flat. We kept the boat in 8ft-10ft and cast into 2ft. The bass were on fire for the next 45 minutes! With our rattle traps and crankbaits we caught over 20 bass, including 3 around 3lbs! We had several doubles, 2 triples and 1 quadruple! Some of the bass we smaller, but what a blast! After we milked it for all it was worth we moved on and did not get another bite.
With the success back in Stewart Creek I decided to try the back of Spring Creek. We started in the middle of the creek fishing the shallow flats with the same lures. Each flat we caught 2 or 3…..only 1 keeper though. We motored to mouth of the feeder creek in the back and started fishing the opposite bank. That bank comes out 15 yards of shallow mud and the drops off into 6-8ft with boulders on the drop off. Casting our rattle traps, and crankbaits, we caught 6 there, including one keeper on a rattle trap. We fished all the way to the 840 bridge catch 2 along the way. Once we got to the bridge I tied on a white fluke on one of my clients rods and a popper on another. Fishing the bridge pillars and the right, deep rock bank after the bridge(this bank had a lot of shad), we caught 10 more, including 2 keepers! Once the rock wall ended we continued as far back as we could and caught 1 more.
We all were stoked how many fish we caught and wished the day did not had to end, but we had to get back before the storm hit. Great day!!!!
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