Today was a textbook tough day on Old Hickory. After a warm couple of weeks, Saturday morning marked a sharp cold front with 15mph NE winds. Water temps were in the lower 60s in the backs of creeks and water was typical slight Old Hickory stain. There were probably 100+ tournament boats on the water spread throughout the mid-lake and down-lake sections. So add a crowded lake to the list of problems today.
On Wednesday morning I found a small spot holding 2 bigger fish on back to back casts with a rattle trap. Our tournament was the last to blast out of Spencer creek (1 of 3 in Spencer creek alone today). When I got to my spot, there were 3 boats in the area including one sitting nearly on top of my spot. After 30 min the boat finally moved and I moved in. After 3 casts I boated two 15″ keepers. A few casts more caught 2 shorties. After another 30min we pulled another keeper off that spot. Eventually the spot ran dry and we moved after catching a few more shorts. We then went behind the Laguardo bridge to the flat. Fan casting traps we caught 3 short fish. We ended up going all over Spencer Creek fishing any open spots and banks we’d fished before.
We caught fish anywhere from 2′ – 7′ deep. Nothing of any size. We ended up with 4 keepers for 7lbs. 16lbs won our 20 boat tournament but only two bags of double digits were weighed in. There were only two limits brought in. Half of the field failed to catch a keeper. Tough day. We finished 5th.
The guy who won said they caught 4 limits of keepers thoughout the day. I have no idea on what or where he fished. This sounds crazy to me because everyone seemingly struggled out there. The cold wind was brutal. I don’t know what we could’ve done differently. We fished docks, flats, rip rap, wood, and bridges.
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