Find answers, ask questions, and connect with other fishing enthusiasts.

Forums Forums Percy Priest Lake Nov 10

  • Posted by Brian on November 11, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Today I hit the lake with some clients from 8am-4pm. It was a tough and windy day, but we were able to get several quality bites. The water temperature was 56 up lake and the water clarity was less than 1ft(pretty muddy).

    We launched from Fate Sanders and ran up to the mouth of Fall Creek and scanned the left flat at the mouth. We found minimum bait shallow, but several larger schools deeper. My thought was to come back after it warmed and the bass have moved shallow. We moved to Spring Creek into the long cove on the right 500 yards into the creek(where the PVC pipe is on the point….stay right). We idles to the back and started casting chrome/blue 1/2oz rattle traps, blue/chart rattle traps and spinnerbaits. There was a few large schools of bait roaming around, enticing a few bass to the surface. Within 15 minutes one of my clients hooked into a 2.5lb-3lb largemouth. He fought it to the surface and it shook free. 10 minutes later I caught a short bass in the far back left pocket on a Hoppy white spinnerbait in 1ft. We fished a while longer casting into the bait and bass, but did not have another bite.

    I idled to the mouth of Spring Creek near the PVC pipe(where the creek splits 500 yards in) and started casting out into the middle were there was tons of bait in 12ft. After 5 minutes I hooked into a 10lb striper! He bit after I made a long cast with my 1/2oz Strike King Red Eye Shad in Thread Fin color, let it sink to the bottom and then retrieved back at a medium speed while pumping.

    We cruised to the back of the creek at the finger coves and started casting our rattle traps onto the flat. The boat was in 8ft and we were casting into 3ft. Shortly after one of my clients caught a small white bass. Minutes later I got slammed on my trap, but lost the fish seconds later. We moved over the last finger cove and started fishing down the wind blown bank. Minutes later we saw a bass trying to eat a 6″ gizzard shad on the surface. My clients made a few cast in the direction and one of my clients hooked a good 3.5lb! The fish jumped on the surface and tossed his rattle trap. We fished to the mouth of the feeder creek without any bites and packed it up.

    Motoring back towards Fate Sanders we stopped at Lamar Hill and fished the cove on the left before you reach the back. The wind was blowing into the back of the cove and there was bait everywhere in 1ft-3ft! We picked up our traps and started casting…and casting….and casting. 25 minutes and no bites….time to go.

    I made the long run to the back of Hong Kong Island in the cove on the left. There was a lot of birds diving into the water so we headed straight for them. Once we entered the back we noticed bait everywhere near the bank in 1ft-3ft. The water was much clearer and the temperature was 58. Casting our traps we started going down the left bank. There we caught 3 largemouth bass, including a 3+lb and two nice white bass!

    We tried behind Four Corners and cove to the left of Four Corners once you pass the No Wake buoys with no luck..

    All and all fun, but long, tough, windy day of fishing. Tomorrow I try a few new areas!

    blockel replied 9 years, 7 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
  • 4 Replies
  • daviddukes

    Member
    November 11, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I found plenty of shad yesterday in Spring Creek but couldn’t get a sniff for several hours. We finally moved into a cove near the mouth in 2 ft. of water. Around 4:30 pm the bass started pounding our sexy shad RT. We caught around 10 in 30 minutes and had to leave due to darkness. Frustrating having to leave right when the bite cranks up!

  • jboy

    Member
    November 12, 2014 at 2:16 am

    I noticed Monday some kind of a Duck looking bird kept dive bombing a lot… I guess they was after the bait fish, This was around the Pump House…

  • simplecircuit

    Member
    November 13, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    joboy…
    Those were loons. They just showed up at the lake last week – which to me signals that winter is here. Hamilton Creek and Elm Hill were covered with them. They swim down and just gulp up the shad. I asked Aaron Martens in a seminar about whether he targets areas with loons and surprisingly, he said that he tries to avoid them. His thinking on it is that they are feeding on balls of suspended bait. He would prefer to find gulls feeding on the surface. Not to say that there aren’t bass holding around that suspended bait, but he seems to know what he’s talking about.
    j.

  • blockel

    Member
    November 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm
    quote simplecircuit:

    joboy…
    Those were loons. They just showed up at the lake last week – which to me signals that winter is here. Hamilton Creek and Elm Hill were covered with them. They swim down and just gulp up the shad. I asked Aaron Martens in a seminar about whether he targets areas with loons and surprisingly, he said that he tries to avoid them. His thinking on it is that they are feeding on balls of suspended bait. He would prefer to find gulls feeding on the surface. Not to say that there aren’t bass holding around that suspended bait, but he seems to know what he’s talking about.
    j.

    Interesting. I’ve often wondered that myself. Thanks for sharing, Simple. That’s good to know.

Log in to reply.

s2Member®