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  • Posted by Brian on March 21, 2015 at 2:10 am

    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.

    Brian replied 8 years, 11 months ago 10 Members · 20 Replies
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  • krogers79

    Member
    March 21, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Nothing more awesome than the Spring top water bite. I’m hoping to get my little guy out Sunday to get in on the action. Cloudy skies and warm temps should make for some awesome action.

  • ten37122

    Member
    March 21, 2015 at 2:54 am

    How challenging is it to navigate past the weakly bridge towards 840? The water seems very low..??

  • creekcrappie

    Member
    March 21, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Man that’s awesome! I got one 3.5 on a buzzbait in sister cove tonight. Nothing like topwater!

  • Brian

    Administrator
    March 21, 2015 at 3:16 am

    That awesome Issac!

    It is not that dangers to run above 840 bridge. Just go slower and stay in the middle

  • bigmtfan

    Member
    March 21, 2015 at 3:17 am

    going out tomorrow…along with a ton of others I’m sure.

  • bigmtfan

    Member
    March 21, 2015 at 3:23 am

    If you’ve never been above Weakly Ln. or Fate Sanders bridge, you’ll definitely want to study your map a little. You can do some serious or fatal damage to a lower unit if you don’t know where the channel is. Once you get into the river itself you can do as Brian said and pretty much stay in the middle

  • ten37122

    Member
    March 21, 2015 at 3:27 am

    my trusty garmin gps 🙂

    just would like to catch a fish ! Just 1. lol

  • halfbass

    Member
    March 22, 2015 at 2:30 am

    What size Hedon Spooks where you using and what colors?

    Jim

  • nathan

    Member
    March 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Thursday and Friday were both killer days with the clouds. I didn’t have 27lbs either day, but tons of 3lbers! Did anyone get out Saturday? Was the bite as good with the sun finally showing?

  • tennesseejed

    Member
    March 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Fi shed from 8to 3 started out on west fork and caught one shorty on crank bait ( bream color ) . Also fished spring creek Nada!! Threw everything but the kitchen sink LOL

  • Brian

    Administrator
    March 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I have been using blue and grey, but had just as much luck on a set shad and red/white with just as much success.

  • halfbass

    Member
    March 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm
    quote Brian Carper:

    I have been using blue and grey, but had just as much luck on a set shad and red/white with just as much success.

    Thanks…going today to see what happens. Jim

  • Brian

    Administrator
    March 22, 2015 at 4:03 pm
    quote HalfBass:

    quote Brian Carper:

    I have been using blue and grey, but had just as much luck on a sexy shad and red/white.

    Thanks…going today to see what happens. Jim

  • ajspence2

    Member
    March 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm
    quote TennesseeJed:

    Fi shed from 8to 3 started out on west fork and caught one shorty on crank bait ( bream color ) . Also fished spring creek Nada!! Threw everything but the kitchen sink LOL

    same here. Left spring creek and fished stewarts and did a little better. Running gizzard shad square bill. There was just a lot of boat traffic Saturday.

  • ajspence2

    Member
    March 22, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Brian what color has been working on the heddon jr spook?

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