Have two reports in one today. First I want to talk about the crappie trip I had with the Hagman the other day. It was an amazing day where we caught 60 keepers in 5 hours in about 10 trees. It was a rainy day where the water temperature was in the upper 70’s with 1.5 foot visibility. We started out at the Long Hunter point straight out from the bluff wall focusing on 4 trees from the tip of the point to both sides where in tapers off into deeper water. We nailed a couple dozen there and then moved up half a mile on the left where the channel ledge comes up into 15 ft. In about a 50-yard stretch we fished three different trees catching another 20 keepers in 10 to 16 feet of water. The last two hours we spent on the south side of mouse tail facing Four Corners. Fishing in 10- 16 feet of water we fished three brush piles and finished out our limit. All of our fish were caught on live minnows fish 2 to 3 feet off the bottom in brush piles. There was no secret of the day, the fish were just stacked on these trees. A couple days later I went out and night fished from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. We stayed in several areas and had a great trip with about 20 bass with maybe a limit of keepers. I threw a black or purple Hoppy’s spinnerbait half ounce the entire night. The spinnerbait was completed with a gold or silver number 5 Colorado blade. My first spot was the island in front of Elm Hill Marina. We started in 10 to 14 feet of water casting our spinnerbaits into 2-4ft retrieving very slowly to the boat. Fishing to the right near the dam we finished for a couple hundred yards almost all the way to the rip rap surrounding the dam. There was several points we caught 3 or 4 bass, specifically, on the points is where the best spots were. We had two keepers that way for maybe 5.5 pounds. All of the fish were coming out of 6 to 8 feet of water it seemed. Next we move over to the island in front of Nashville Shores and fish the lower point where the channel butts up against the island. Continue with our spinnerbaits as we did all night we fish 50 yards of the point without any bites. Next we motored to the cove across the channel from hotel/motel island. We fished the left bank just inside of the cove focusing on a foundation. Casting all around the foundation while sitting in 15 to 30 ft and casting into 5 retrieving slowly we caught 3 or 4 bass there including one smallmouth and one largemouth keeper. Our last spot was just passed Hobson Pike bridge going up lake into the cove on the left. I kept the boat in 8 feet of water while we cast from way off the bank into 4 feet where the rocks and sand form a hump. We caught several fish here and then reached the point at the center of the cove and fished toward the back on the left bank. The next hour we caught 10 bass going down this point and bank. Some of the fish were following it to the boat, others were hitting it as soon as you cast to the bank. At 2am we packed it up because I had to be at up in 3.5 hours and needed some sleep. Last couple days have been
a lot of fun…..can’t wait to get out this weekend and do it again.
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