That last few days we have been catching a lot of bass including over a limit of quality keepers!
Monday I fished with 2 great guys and we caught around 30, including out best 5 for around 18lbs!
We started at the Jones Mill left point. I idled down the point watching my down and side scan….there were fish all over the ledge in 10ft-14ft. I kept the boat in 20ft-30ft and while we cast 20 yards to the left and right of the green channel buoy. We tried Strike King 6xd(citrus shad), 5.5″ Sexy Spoons, A-rig, and Texas rig Trick Worms and Big Bite purple craws. We fished and fished and fished for 30 minutes without a bite! We noticed a ton of fish feeding on the surface near the boat ramp on the other side of the cove. We trolled over and started casting poppers, a-rigs and rattle traps. We caught a few little stripe and then decided to move on.
Over at the youth camp we found more topwater activity and tried the same lures on them…..nada.
I cruised to the point/hump across from Bryants Grove boat ramp and we noticed a wall of rain coming our way. I high tailed it to the marina to wait it out.
After the rain stopped we started at the long main lake point at the mouth of Stewarts Creek(on the left). The water was 76 degrees with normal 1ft clarity. I scanned the point from where it started out near the main channel all the way near the bank. The largest school of bass I could find were out on the tip of the point in 12ft-14ft. I through a marker buoy and we backed off. Casting our a-rigs, 6xd and shaky heads we started whacking the bass! First bass was on the a-rig…..short. Second fish on 6xd…4lb! The next 1.5 hours we sat in the same spot catching around 10 with 5 keepers for 17lbs!!! Some of the fish were suspended, but most came off the bottom while the crankbait crawled over the rocks SLOWLY(I was able to get some good video of this with the GoPro…..I think the video will be a great addition to the reports when I get the kinks worked out).
For some reason I wanted to go mid lake and try some other stuff….I know, that doesn’t make much since to me either. We fished the middle ledge in 6ft-13ft with the same lures at Hotel/Motel sitting in 15ft-40ft….nada
We moved up to the cut through to Smith Springs and fished the roadbed that crosses. Sitting in 14ft and casting in 10ft-12ft on top of the roadbed with shaky heads we had a few biting with no takers.
Motored back under Hobson Pike bridge and try the cove on the left where I have been having tons of success the last month. Fishing our shaky heads with green/gold flake Trick worms in 4ft-6ft while we sat in 8ft-9ft…..nada.
I look at my clients and said “I think we need to go back up lake.” They agreed…lol
Stopping back at Jones Mill point we picked up our crankbaits and shaky heads and parked the boat a cast away from the drop-off. Moments later my client hooked into a 5+lb with his 6xd near the green buoy! The big momma jumped once way out from the boat and got us all excited. Seconds later he jumped again right at the boat and threw the bait…tough loss! The good part was that the next 45 minutes we caught 5 more on the shaky heads, including 2 more keepers!
We decided to go back to our best spot in front of Stewarts Creek. Same spot, same lures, 8 more bass, including several decent keepers! If you scan the entire point closely your find there are HUGE boulders that hang over the ledge that the fish sit underneath and on top of(depending on the weather).
Our last spot was 1000 yards up lake to the rock hump on the ledge closer to Fate Sanders. It is right in between the two red channel buoy in 12ft-14ft. Casting shaky heads and our crankbaits we had 4 more bites and caught 2 more short bass on shaky heads.
All and all…..GREAT DAY. We thought that it would be crazy being Memorial Day, but the rain kept everyone off the lake…nice for us! I love this deep bite!
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