Saturday I fished the Two Rivers Ford tournament out of Fate Sanders. Launching at 7:30am, Justin Armstead, my full-time guide, and I headed straight to the islands just passed Lamar Hill cove. In between the island and the bank we fished the right Island where the rocks come off the bank into the middle of the cut through. The water level was 3 feet below summer pool at 55 degrees. It was windy and cloudy. I parked the boat in 4 feet of water and began fishing 1 – 4 feet with a chartreuse Heddon spook, Alabama rigs, and chart/black 1/2oz rattle traps. We fished down the entire bank in 20 minutes without a single bite and pulled up the trolling motor.
Next we motored to the back of Spring Creek and parked the boat on the front side of the big flat that wraps around the four-finger coves. The water was 56° with 1.5 foot clarity. There were shad flipping around everywhere, which made me think we were in a great spot. We rotated between our spooks, Alabama rigs, and rattle traps around the entire flat without a single bite. We fished from the end of the flat all the way to the back of the creek near the 840 bridge with only one short bass. After 45 minutes we decided to make a move.
Next we moved up into the East Fork passed the East Fork boat ramp and 840 nridge. Once we started seeing huge trees leaning off the bank into 10 to 14 feet of water we stopped the boat. We picked up a spook and an Alabama Rig and start casting to the lay down wood. First several trees I had one on my spook, but that was it. Shortly after Justin caught a keeper on the Alabama Rig followed by a 5-pound off a stump 30 minutes later! We bounced around trees and stumps all the way up to Mona boat ramp catching 10 fish or so, but all of them are small. At 12pm we decided to try something different.
My motored into Fall Creek with hopes for some magic! We drove straight across from the Fall Creek boat ramp and stopped at the end of the skinny area. I picked up a 1/2oz black Hoppy’s buzzbait and quickly caught another keeper about 2 pounds. I cut across the channel to the flat with the stumps that were under the water. We started casting spooks and Alabama Rigs. Justin picked up a 3.5lb in 2ft on the flst! We fished that area for 30 minutes without another bite and then move up further into the creek. We did not get another bite until we came back to the flat and I caught another 2lb on my Alabama Rig…….another short fish. With 20 minutes left we didn’t know if we should move or stay on the flat. I told Justin we better stay, we just caught three keepers. We went down the flat one more time to where it starts transitioning to boulder rocks on the left. With 4 minutes left Justin caught a 4.5lb! We straightened our gear and headed to the weigh in. Luckily 15.5lbs was enough take first place! It was great to get the Winner’s Circle and have an exciting day! I’ll be back next Saturday to see if we can do it again.
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