Went out Saturday from 8am-2pm. My clients and I had plans to crappie fish, but they changed their mind the morning of to bass. Unfortunately, I was in Trey’s boat with just my crappie gear and 2 bass spinning rods. Trey took most of his tackle and all I could find was a few eggs weights, 1 wobble head, and a shaky head already tied on one of my spinning rods. I was able to find a few packs of Zoom trick worms in purple/green flake and a baitcast rod/reel with a wobble head and green pumpkin rage craw. Nevertheless, the show must go on and I went to work.
I started at Bird Island on the backside facing Hobson Pike. The water temperature was 70 degrees with 1.5ft clarity. With the boat in 8ft-10ft we dragged our worms from just a few feet off the bank to the boat. After 45 minutes we only caught one short bass from the boulder rocks on the point.
Next we moved to the cove on the right just before Hobson Pike and fished the boulder rocks way out from the bank in 2ft-5ft. I kept the boat in 8ft while we cast into the rocks. We caught one keeper 2.5lb largemouth pretty quickly on a C-rig with purple/green flake Trick worm. As we reached the boulder rocks closest to the bridge we must have fired up a school. Both the wobble head with craw and shaky head with Trick worm started getting bite after bite! I think we caught 6 and lost a few too! The biggest was around 3lb. We fished back and forth on the boulders for 45 minutes catching a couple more here and there.
Once the bite died down we cruised to Mousetail Island and fished the sandy bank on the West side with the 2 long boulder isles that come out from the bank. While sitting in 10ft and casting to the bank we caught 0 on the sand and lost a 3+lb in the heart of the boulders.
The wind was starting to get REALLY strong and I wanted to find more bass than one here and there so I made a long run up lake. I stopped at the Weakly Lane bridge to see if any schoolers were suspending. We cast poppers and spooks for a few minutes….nada.
Next we pulled into the Smyrna cut-through in hopes of finding some shallow fish. I tied on weightless Trick worms and a black Hoppy’s Buzzbait and we started casting into inches around wood while sitting in 2ft-3ft. The high winds dirtied up the shallow 71 degree water leaving only inches of visibility. We fished until it was too shallow and then fished the opposite bank back out….nada.
I idled out of the cut through and into Lamar Hill. We had a little break in the wind and focused on the back left corner. I switched one of my clients to shallow shad colored squarebill. We fished all the boulder rock points and found a 3lb and a short bass on the far left point near the isolated wood. We fished for 20 minutes longer without a bite and moved out of Lamar Hill half way to the other cove on the right. There are some rocks out in the middle of the cove in 4ft so I told my client to cast his shaky head in that direction and feel for the rocks. He felt the rocks and shortly after got a bite. He set the hook and brought in a 14″ bass. Moments later I caught a short bass as well and we packed up our stuff to head in for the day.
All and all, ok day. I was anticipating more bites, but we set the hook a lot and saw several bass….especially with the resources we had. I will be out 8 hours Wednesday if the weather allows to try and find some big girls mid and down lake!
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