Fish the 2nd Annual Mac tournament yesterday from 7 to 3pm. Fished with BCGS guide, Kevin Patin. We had a decent limit of 11.5 pounds, including a 4 plus smallmouth. We didn’t have enough to place and lost a couple good ones again, but we dis catch our limit. We started at the morning way up in the West Fork. The night before I drove out to the West fort boat ramp and checked out the underwater bridge that kicks out run-off. I had to jog back in the woods a mile at 8 o’clock p.m. to see if the water was rushing, and it was! It was clear water flowing out that was perfect for a few keepers. So the next morning we headed straight up to flip the rushing water and to our surprise it was just trickling out a little bit. We still fshed it for 30 minutes and never had a bite. We motored all the way Mid-lake and fishes the back right corner point of Bird Island facing the Hobson pike Bridge. The water temperature was 65 degrees when we pulled up and parked the boat in 12 feet 50 yards away from the point. Kevin cast out a sexy shad Strike King 6xd and on his first cast hooked into and landed a 4.29 smallmouth! We felt like we were starting off right and hopefully going to be able to catch several more early. Instead, we never had another big bite there and caught several short fish going down the bank 30 yards from the point. Next we cruised down to the end of the hole in the wall bluff and fished the long transitional point that comes off the end. We found tons of fish in 10 to 15 water right on the drop off, but we could not get any to bite except for one 16 inch keeper. I was casting a Carolina rig with sinko green pumpkin green flake. Kevin was switching off between his chatterbait and his Carolina rig with a ring fry Great Pumpkin/neon yellow. We fished the way down to the buoy 50 yards away from the point and never had another bite. We moved down to the island across from Anderson recreational Beach and kept the boat in 8 to 15 feet of water casting our Carolina rigs and I picked up a black and blue 3/16oz Hoppy’s jig with the purple Paca Craw. We caught 5 or 6 there with one more keeper for about two pounds. We would cast into 4 feet of water and drag bag into 10ft or more. The wind was ripping and after an hour we had to move. We moved to Smith Springs boat ramp and fished the third point to the left of the boat ramp. We dragged our plastics around the third point and caught several fish, but they were all short. Kevin did have a big one on that cut off. Next we tried the cove to the left once you go under Hobson Pike Bridge. Fishing all the boulder rocks that come out to 8-10ft feet I caught 2 short fish, but never had a big bite. Towards the end of the day we tried the long point that comes out on the right after you go through the Four Corners cut through. This point is the first one to the right of the LaVergne Pump House. Casting our Carolina rigs we caught one short fish and a crappie on his dorsal fin and thought it was a good fish. The wind was way too strong to fish much longer so we move to the 2nd cut through if you are coming from Fate Sanders. Casting around the red buoy right on the point we picked up black and blue jigs and started dragging from the boulder rocks in 2 to 3 feet of water back to the boat. We caught 4, including our 5th keeper. It was time to head in and we knew we didn’t have enough to place, but happy we caught our limit. Again it was a tough day with not many big bites. We fished hard and fished some really good areas it just never happened. It seems like a lot of fisher are still on the bank as some of my other guides have been doing good in Jones Mill Cove and Smith Springs cove fishing with buzzbaits and sinkos really shallow. I’ll be out Wednesday to see what happens between now and then.
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