Yesterday was one of the best days I have ever had on Priest. My client and I caught 20+ fish, including 5 keepers for 27lbs!!!
The pattern was simple…..Heddon Jr Spooks around wood on flats in the river and the Forks.
Everywhere we went we sat in the channel from 5ft-15ft and cast into 1ft-3ft, walking the dog back to the boat.
Our first spot was the second big flat on the left after Jefferson Pike bridge. We started at the first PVC pole and fished the entire flat until it turned into a bluff wall. During that flat we had 5 blow ups, catching 3, including a 5.5lbs! Next we crossed the channel to the other side and fished that flat. The stumps over there coughed up 3 more fish, including a couple decent keepers.
We cruised into the East Fork, past the 840 bridge and continued 3 turns to where a flat starts on left with tons of stumps in 3ft. Same lures…..2 more fish, including another 5lb! After the flat ended we trolled to the right side of the channel a fish the shallow stumps…..BOOM, another 5.5lb!!!! We finished the flat with a couple more short fish and then moved up to deeper bank with wood and had no luck,it had to be a shallow flat with wood.
We motored out of the East Fork and into the West Fork all the way to the back 3 bends after the West Fork Boat ramp. There the water shallows and there are tons of stumps on a flat. I had the boat in 6ft and we were casting our spooks into 2ft, walking the dog slowly. First five cast….SLAM…another 5.5lb giant!!!! We fished the rest of the stumps without another bite.
The last spot we caught a giant was back down lake on the big flat on the left before the Jefferson Pike bridge. We started at the PVC pipe and worked down the ledge, sitting in 8ft and casting into 2ft. The first stump came to……SMASH….5+lb!!!
Before the day ended we tried the big flat going down lake just past JP bridge on the left….nada.
AWESOME DAY!!!! The stars were lined up just right for us. I’ll never forget this trip!
The water temperature was 55-57 degress throughout the day with great 1ft-2ft visibility. The key was to walk the bait consistently slow. Sometimes the fish would whack the bait or jump over it, but if they did that you want to let it sit for 2 seconds and then give it a few quick pops. Then they would come back and slam it again! When fishing spooks make sure your hooks are extra sharp so you can have a better chance at catching the one that whack it.
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