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  • Posted by Brian on November 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Wednesday I hit the lake with a few clients from 8am-12pm. We ended up with a nice stringer by the end of the day, however we did not catch a bunch of bass.

    We started the morning in the Smyrna cut through entering from the Fate Sanders side. The water temperature was 59 degrees as we started on the left bank where there was still shade. Casting shallow crankbaits, specifically Manns Baby -1 in baby bass color and Hoppy’s black buzzbaits, we caught one short bass half way through the cut through and another 3lb at the opening near the pump house(right near the big tree out of the water in the middle of the cut through). We never had one sniff on the buzzbaits. Once we reached the opening at the pumphouse there was a plethora of bait everywhere! There were random breaks on the surface from bass feeding. We switched lures to 3ft-5ft H2O squarebill crankbaits in sexy shad and chrome/blue 1/2oz rattle traps. Fishing around the mouth of the cut through and round to the bluff wall we caught 2 more short fish in 2ft of water.

    We moved to Fall Creek and started on the bank directly across from the Fall Creek boat ramp. Sitting in 3ft we cast our crankbaits, rattle traps, and shad rap #5 in shad color into 2ft-3ft. The first 5 minutes we caught 2 on the shad rap around the rocky point. We idled across the channel to shallow rocks and continued with the same lures. We caught 2 more short bass out of 1.5ft of water while surrounded by bait. After 30 minutes without a bite we strapped down our rods.

    I idled down lake pass Spring Creek. Once I passed the next bluff wall on the right I turned right onto the flat to the back corner. Casting our rattle traps and crankbaits around tons of bait in 1ft while sitting in 4ft we caught 4 bass, including 3 keepers in just 30 minutes!!! We fished until the bite slowed down and we ran out of time.

    All and all, good day. In just four hours we caught 9 bass, including 4 keepers for 11lbs. The shallow bite is spotty, but if you get in the right area you can catch a few quality bass. I’m gonna fish the Saturday tournament tomorrow and plan on changing my game plan. I think the cold night is going to shock the shallow bite until it warms up around lunch. Hopefully the 4ft-8ft areas I want to focus on mid lake are holding quality bass that are willing to bite!

    blockel replied 8 years, 3 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • nobass

    Member
    November 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    being new to priest. i was trying to fine some of the places you talk about in your post on my maps. there is no refernce to the smyrna .or pump house . what creek are they in. by the way i really like how you actually tell where you catch them at and what on. wish more sites would do this

  • Brian

    Administrator
    November 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Look on the Upper-end lake map at the top of the forum. Smyrna pumping station is on there. Brian

  • philip-nichols

    Member
    November 14, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Had a great morning today! Launched out of fate sanders at 0800 first stop was the rock poin on the right in Sewarts creek at the end of the bluff wall before the ski cove. No takers on the buzz bait but as soon as I switched over to my square bill it was game on. Had 5 fish there with one keeper and a nice small mouth that might measure next year. The rest of the day I hit shallow rock points that the wind was blowing across and ended the day with close to 30 bass not many keepers but a really fun morning with a co worker that tagged along. Our best spot was the cut through to the Smyrna pump house on the fate sanders side shallow point on the right. Wind was blowing into the cut through I saw birds diving on bait from across the lake trimmed up and kicked it in high gear. Once we dropped the trolling motor we were in 2-3 ft throwing into inches and for 15-20 minutes we had a fish almost every cast. Had one largemouth that looked close to 4 pounds shakes the hook right at the boat. I gotta get a net one day lol. It was tough but what worked best for us was throwing into the wind. It seemed like the fish were stacked on the down wind side of the rocks ambushing anything that swam over.

  • tintn

    Member
    November 16, 2015 at 1:11 am

    How’s the crappie bite?

  • blockel

    Member
    November 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm
    quote Philip Nichols:

    Had a great morning today! Launched out of fate sanders at 0800 first stop was the rock poin on the right in Sewarts creek at the end of the bluff wall before the ski cove. No takers on the buzz bait but as soon as I switched over to my square bill it was game on. Had 5 fish there with one keeper and a nice small mouth that might measure next year. The rest of the day I hit shallow rock points that the wind was blowing across and ended the day with close to 30 bass not many keepers but a really fun morning with a co worker that tagged along. Our best spot was the cut through to the Smyrna pump house on the fate sanders side shallow point on the right. Wind was blowing into the cut through I saw birds diving on bait from across the lake trimmed up and kicked it in high gear. Once we dropped the trolling motor we were in 2-3 ft throwing into inches and for 15-20 minutes we had a fish almost every cast. Had one largemouth that looked close to 4 pounds shakes the hook right at the boat. I gotta get a net one day lol. It was tough but what worked best for us was throwing into the wind. It seemed like the fish were stacked on the down wind side of the rocks ambushing anything that swam over.

    Good report, Philip!

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