Yesterday I fished from 1 to 7pm with a father-son pair. We started out bass fishing to the left of Fate Sanders on off the main Stewarts Creek point that comes out to 30 feet. This is not the one on the right across from the Stewarts Creek boat ramp. I scanned over the point 50 yards off the bank and marked several bass on top of point in 10-12 feet. I turned around and picked up our 1/4oz shaky heads black trick worm , chatterbait 1/2oz in bluegill pattern, and Strike King 5xd deep-diving crankbait in sour grape pattern. With the boat in 25 feet we cast into 10 – 12ft. We fished for 30 minutes and caught two on the crankbaits, including a 3lb. Next we cruised under Weekley lane bridge to the mouth of Lamar Hill Cove. I parked the boat in 15 foot on the left point and my client started throwing their shaky heads with zoom trick worms and I picked up the crankbait. Before I could even put the trolling motor down my client was fighting a 3.5lb largemouth out of 4 feet of water near the cypress trees. Moments later he caught another short fish on the gravel in front of the cypress trees. We went out off the bank to the point with no success and then came back to the bank and caught one more short fish on the plastic worm. I trolled over to the right point at the mouth and cast in front of the PVC pole. There are several big boulders in 5-8ft. Casting our plastic worms and 1/2oz swing head jig with a 10-inch plum Baby Huey we never received a bite. Next with motored to Jones Mill and fished the ledge near the green channel buoy off the left point. I tried my crankbait for a few minutes without any luck and then picked up my plastic worm while my clients were throwing their shaky heads. We had several snags and one short fish near the bank. My big plastic worm did get smoked 10 feet to the right of the channel buoy, but he didn’t commit. The water temperature up to this point of the day was 74 degrees with normal 1 foot visibility. Our last spot up-lale was the back point off the second cut through Island on the right if you’re coming from Fate Sanders. We focused on the point and had 2 fish on that unbuttoned. I kept the boat in 10 foot while we cast at the boulder rocks off the back point in 4 to 6 feet. I wanted to try to mid-lake so we cruised passed the Hobson Pike bridge then took a left to go to Smith Springs. We fished the little cut through where the roadbed crosses. We fished the point and all the way down the right 100 yards without a bite. We were ready to try some crappie fishing so we scanned a few big trees around Pig island and the bridge, but there were not many crappie concentrating in the trees and it was too windy. I tried a few brush piles in 16ft on the back side of Mousetail with one bite on each spot. Over at the big point in front of Long Hunter we fished 3 brush piles in 12-16ft and near the red buoy. We caught a dozen around those trees, 4 were keepers. We were all fishing with live minnows suspending 2 feet off the bottom. Next we tried a few over by Bryant’s Grove and had 1 or 2 more keepers and about a dozen snags. Over in front of Hong Kong we tried 2 stake beds on the flat in 14 feet of water. We caught a couple more keepers to give us 8 to take home. It was getting dark so we headed to the back of Fate Sanders Marina to try to catch some schooling fish. When we got back there they were feeding! Staying in 3 to 5 feet of water we cast squarebill crankbaits that run 2 to 5 feet in shad pattern. We caught seven more bass. For the day we had 3 keepers with about 9 short bass and around 20 crappie with 8 keepers. Fun trip and I’m still looking forward to a good summer pattern when we can catch more bigger fish deep and the crappie are stacked up in the brush piles.
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