The last two days I have been on Priest fighting the cool wind. Wednesday I fished for bass mid lake and Thursday I fished for crappie.
Wednesday morning I started back at the 3rd cut through between LaVergne pumphouse and Four Corners. A few days ago the largemouth, smallmouth, whites, and hybrid were going nuts on the surface from 6-8am. That day it was cloudy and warm. Today it was cool without a cloud in the sky……zero surface activity. I tied on a 1/4oz shaky head with a green/purple flake Zoom trick worm and a 1/2oz wobble head with a Big Bite Bait craw 3″ brown/orange and we started casting to the boulder rocks in 3ft-5ft while we sat 7ft-8ft. The water temperature was 69 degrees…..3 degrees lower from the other day. Fishing in the deeper area where boats travel we started dragging on the bottom. The first 20 minutes we had 4 short bass with several misses. The bite was coming out of 3ft-4ft around the rocks. We fished up to the white PVC pole sticking out of the water…. catching 4 more bass! After we fish the area we made a move.
I motored to the backside of Mousetail(East side) and fished the left bank. The water is steep there, 10ft-12ft just 15 yards off the bank. We continued with our shaky heads and plastic craws casting to the rocks. Again, dragging to the boat slowly we caught 8 more, including a small keeper and lost a 3lb smallmouth! The fish were very active for 45 minutes!
I cruised to the back right corner of Savage Branch. The water was only 68 degrees and shallower than I’m used to this time of year. With the boat in 4ft we fished the entire cove with just 2 small bass that came from the right point with the boulder rocks on the point. Plastic craws and shaky heads the entire time with the exception off a few casting with a spool(of course).
Next we moved to the north/west side of Mousetail and fished the sandy area to the big boulder rocks that run out to the channel. The water temperature was back to 70 with 1.5ft visibility. Continuing with our plastics with the boat in 8ft-12ft and casting into 2ft we caught 4 and lost a 3lb largemouth. Two fish came off the sandy area and two came out of the boulder rocks in 3ft.
Our last spot was the second cut through from Fate Sanders. I was hoping we would find some bass in the jumps like the other day since clouds were rapidly moving in……not today. I did scan a little further out from the 2ft saddle and saw a few bass in 4ft-8ft. We dragged our plastics and picked up 2 short bass!
On our way in we saw tons of surface action at the end of the second cut through(near the green channel buoy). I stopped and we grabbed our spooks. The first 60 second we caught 2 whites and had several blow-ups. The action quickly died so I tied on a 1/2oz sexy shad rattle trap and a Norman deep little N crankbait in shad color. Allowing the baits to get down 6ft-10ft we caught 4 more, including a 2.5lb largemouth before they disappeared and we headed in.
The crappie have been biting good around the the Youth Inc camp. Brushpiles in 8ft-16ft have been productive. Tight-lining minnows and casting 1/8oz jigs in black/chart have been a good choice. Also, flat in front of Hong Kong has been holding crappie…..same techniques have been working there.
All and all, it’s been okay the last 2 days. Cooler, but a lot of bites even if we haven’t caught a bunch big fish. The night fishing sounds good, a lot of big fish were caught last night!
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