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  • Posted by Brian on May 25, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Yesterday I had a trip from 1130am-4pm. The crowd was no too bad, but we did find ourselves being thrown around at a few spots.

    With thoughts of getting away from all the boat traffic, I motored all the way into Fall Creek stopping under the 840 bridge. This time of year there is usually a ton of matted algae on the surface(which there was today). I tied on Bull Ribbit and Gambler soft plastic frogs(weightless) before we started casting to the bank, retrieving slowly over the mats. Within the first 10 cast we landed a short bass on a pumpkin/green Gambler frog. During the time we were back there the boat was in 2ft-5ft and we were casting into 1ft-3ft. We fished 300 yards back until we ran out of water. During that time we had two more strikes without hooking up.

    I fired up the Yamaha and we cruised to the Jefferson Pike Bridge. I scanned the left pillar and saw a large school of good size fish in 10ft-15ft! We started casting flukes and spooks around the concrete and quickly caught a nice bass that shook the hook while I was handling the rod to the boy I was fishing with. After 15 minutes without another bite we put down those rods and picked up a-rigs and a single Storm Wide Eye swimbait. I explained to my clients that they needed to cast up against the wall, let it sink for 5-7 seconds, and then retrieve slowly with quick pumps. The first few cast I hooked into a 3lb striper that I let the boy reel in……great experience for him! Moments later he caught a 2lb white bass on his a-rig! 10 minutes later his mom caught a 4lb hybrid her single swimbait! During this time the largemouth bass came to the surface in a school for 45 seconds. We could only get one to bite on the spook, but it was a 3lb! After it died down we moved to the Weakley lane bridge.

    At the WL bridge we fished with the same lures, but only had 4 bites….catching 2 short bass.

    Our last spot was back at Jones Mill Cove. Fishing the left point/ledge I parked the boat in 40ft while we cast to the green buoy and 25 yards to the right of it. We fished with a shaky head Trick worm(green pumpkin/gold flake), and a-rigs into 8ft-12ft. Right near the green buoy I caught 2 in the first 15 minutes on my Trick worms..barely short. Jack hooked into a nice largemouth on his a-rig, but it pulled the swimbait completely apart(the swivel broke)! Later his mom had 2 fish on her t-rig worm, but she did not set the hook hard enough. It was a fun 30 minutes before we had to go.

    All and all it was as great trip. I thought the traffic was going to be a lot worse than it was, but it was only really bad when we transported from location to location. It was fun catching a few hybrids and stripers, the lady fought the hybrid for several minutes!

    blockel replied 9 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • ajspence2

    May 26, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Good stuff Brian.

    I was also out on the 24th. Fished the Hobson pike bridge area and did pretty well. We also fished the Y youth camp cove. We pulled a couple nice ones out of there. The best part of the day was hong kong. We got there and I noticed the wind was blowing hard into a point off there and I told my buddy that I bet there were baitfish being pushed into it and sure enough there must have been because the bass were holding there! We must have caught 10-15 LM bass. I lost count we were catching so many and so quick. It was tough to keep the boat in place, but it was awesome!

  • blockel

    May 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I wish I had the same story to tell but I launched from Hamilton Creek and it was basically an episode of mad max. Boats everywhere and the etiquette or lack thereof from some of the pleasure boaters (and fisherman for that matter), never ceases to amaze me. I knew I would have been better off heading upriver farther, oh well. I ended up catching 3 and losing 3-4 👿 around Bear Island. All were caught on a crankbait with the exception one, which came on a jig.

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