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  • Posted by Brian on May 19, 2014 at 3:58 am

    The last couple days on Priest have been fair to good for me. Today I had two clients with me and we boated 15 largemouths.

    The water has been falling and is almost back to summer pool. Water temp when we started was 70 degrees.

    We started our trip at 8am in the cove directly across from the second cut through coming from Fate Sanders(or the cove across for the Youth Inc. camp). The bite has been good, but started to decline the last few days. We only fished the left corner of the cover with green and blk/blu Zoom Trick worms fished Texas rig with 3/16oz weights. Keeping our boat in 8-10 feet…around 30 yards of the bank, we caught 3 and lost 1 dragging worms slowly.

    Next we headed to the left point of Hong Kong island. Fishing with the same lures, keeping our boat in 10-12ft and casting into 5ft, we landed 1 short bass.

    We motored through the Four Corners cut through(cut through where the La Vergne pump house is on the left) and starting fishing the next point on the left. Fishing for 400 yards with same plastic worms and 2.75 SquareB crankbaits in sexy shad pattern, we caught 5 bass, including one keepers. During this long stretch we kept the boat a cast length from the bank, casting into 2ft.

    Our next spot was just under the Hobson Pike bridge. Once we passed the bridge we started fishing the point on the left. The bank is a little steeper there, our boat was in 14ft….casting into 4ft. Fishing with our same plastic worms and crankbaits we caught 5 more going 200 yards down the bank. Under the power lines there are boulder rocks that taper off the bank 10ft….they seemed to hold to those rocks. Casting our crankbaits way up into the rocks and reeling in slowly we were able to catch 1 keeper around 2.5lbs.

    We took off up lake behind the Smyrna pumphouse. With the falling water my thought was that there would be some current with active bass. Fishing with spinnerbait, crankbaits and buzzbaits, we caught 3 casting to the weeds on the bank. One came on the flat with the weeds on the right side of the cut through once you enter(coming from Fate Sanders). Another came on the left bank near the turn in the cut through on spinnerbait(Hoppys 3/8oz, white, double willow).

    We tried around the Jefferson bridge with no luck and pack in up for the day.

    All and all it was a could day. I would have like to find area we could have stayed in longer and caught fish instead of running around all day, but we say quite a few fish and had a blast!

    Ill be crappie fishing all tomorrow!!! Ready for a string of slabs!!!

    jblair replied 10 years, 1 month ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • creekcrappie

    May 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hey brian, where do you buy your black/blue trick worms at? I couldn’t find them at Academy or Basspro.

  • frankmaroney

    May 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    You keep using the term “cut through” and I think I have an idea of what you mean, but I’m not very familiar with lake terminology and I’m a little confused. Can you help me out?


  • Brian

    May 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Sure. When you turn right out of Fate Sanders and come up to the island, instead of going around the island to the left, you can take the shortcut or “cut through” and go to the right between the island and the bank. A cut through is any shortcut.

  • krogers79

    May 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    To add to Brian’s comment…make sure the water is up before you attempt that first cut or the 2nd cut. Many lower units have fallen to the rocks in the bottom of those cuts. I avoid them at all costs once the water starts dropping in the fall.

  • hooperj14

    May 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I lost one on the first cut through this winter 😀 . I still haven’t gone back through it. I will try again one of these days.

  • degaman

    May 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    … and watch out for idiots 😕

  • Brian

    May 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm


  • jblair

    May 20, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I fished the first spot Sunday. Only had 1 large mouth but I caught some decent hybrid.

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