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  • Posted by hooperj14 on March 9, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Fished from 2-5 today. I put in at Elm Hill and found 48 degree water temp (cooler than I thought it would be). Since it was still cool I went and drop shotted the first bluff on the right and caught one short fish and missed a few others. After fishing the bluff, I trolled back into the cove that has the Elm Hill recreational area boat ramp (closed in the winter). I started fishing my way back with a shad rap in shad color and about my 5th cast I about got the rod ripped out of my hand. Drag started peeling off my reel, and I figured I had a drum until I saw the bass roll. After a fight that felt like hours I finally got it to the boat. It measured out at just over 22 inches. I didn’t have a scale, but I guessed it at about 6.5 pounds. Call me out if my projections are off. It is the biggest bass I’ve caught out of Priest. I kept fishing that cove and caught two more keepers before packing it in.


    simplecircuit replied 10 years, 3 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • creekcrappie

    March 9, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Nice one! I sure love that shad rap! I had one that size last year that was full of eggs and it weighed 7.5 pounds.

  • simplecircuit

    March 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    How far back in the pocket were you?
    The last couple of times out, we’ve fished about halfway back on the side opposite the ramp with no fish. I’ve had some decent fish come off that shelf in the early simmer, but none that big. Nice catch. Maybe I’ll see you out there later today.

  • hooperj14

    March 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Simple circuit, I was about 30 yards past the boat ramp. That was the first time I’ve fished that pocket. Both sides look really fishy.

  • degaman

    March 10, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Very nice fish!

  • blockel

    March 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm
    quote hooperj14:

    Simple circuit, I was about 30 yards past the boat ramp. That was the first time I’ve fished that pocket. Both sides look really fishy.

    Great catch!

    I agree. With the main channel running that close to the pocket, it has always looked extremely “fishy” to me as well. However, I’ve never had much luck. Maybe I just need to spend a little more time in there.

  • simplecircuit

    March 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I wish I had read this before heading out yesterday. I fished the pocket on the opposite side with no luck. I ran across to the side with the ramp, but only fished the transition from the bluff to the ramp [which in my opinion should have held fish]. I was throwing a #5 shad rap in craw color and a flat sided crankbait also in craw. Thanks for the info. On the opposite side of the cove from the ramp there are tons of cedar and xmas trees in the water as fish attracters. You will see the buoys from TWRA, but they do extend further out towards the mouth. Beware of snags with a crankbait. My money-pole got a good workout yesterday. Was anyone from the boards fishing the bluff between Elm Hill proper and the summer ramp? I pulled up on a couple of guys that I didn’t see in the shadows. If you see this, my apologies again. 🙂

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