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  • November 3

    Posted by simplecircuit on November 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    This report is going in a different direction – literally.
    We launched out of Elm Hill around 9:45 on Sunday morning. For our first spot, we ran to the back of Hamilton Creek. I’ve had some success in the back third of Hamilton creek over the past 2 weeks. For the first hour, we drifted and fished down the left side of the bank when looking towards the culvert in the back. We caught 6 bass with 2 decent keepers [2-3.5lb] fishing buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Over the past couple of weeks, I was having success with squarebills, flat sided crankbaits and shakey heads right at the first break from 1ft to 3ft of water, but with the water lowering, that break is more or less gone. Also, after my 10th hangup in the rocks and clay, I got tired of constantly having to run up in super shallow water to retrieve them. So, we stuck with spinner baits and buzzbaits.

    As an aside… If you do not have one, I would highly recommend getting a T&H Money Pole. They are on the pricey side, but pay for themselves quickly when fishing crankbaits in the scattered rocks at priest. Especially when the water is low, you can use the telescoping pole to poke your lure free from water that a boat just won’t get into. Mine has literally saved around a 1000 dollars worth of crankbaits. I like to throw Lucky Crafts 😳

    As the sun got higher, we decided to fish the other side of the creek. We caught a couple short fish on that side relating to brush. It seems like the fish we have been catching are on long slowly tapering flats with scattered rock and brush. They just don’t seem to be on 45’s on the lower end of the lake. Also of note… There has been no visible sign of baitfish where we are catching the better fish. I have seen some scrambling schools of gizzard shad and suspending sunfish with my polarized glasses, but no flickering shad or other easy to detect signs of bait.

    My partner got a little restless… So, we ran to the left cove [not on the Four Corners side] on the uplake side of the Hobson Pike bridge. Fishing around back there resulted in no fish. Then we ran to the Lavergne pumphouse. There were several boats fishing between there and the back of the Hong Kong Island. We stuck with spinnerbait and buzzbaits, with a little crankbait thrown in for good measure. Didn’t catch anything back there.

    Ran to the back of Smith Springs where the clear cut grass is. We didn’t catch anything back there either.

    By this time, it was time to get back home [about 3pm]. So, we ran back to Elm Hill. I caught a keeper largemouth in 22ft of water on a football head jig… I don’t think this was a fluke either as I was seeing fish and bait grouped up around 20ft all throughout the marina area and on the main lake.

    Summary :: fish on the lower end of the lake were caught on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits in 0-2ft of water relating to rock with mixed wood/brush. bluebird day could have had something to do with the lack of a mid-day bite.

    simplecircuit replied 10 years, 8 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Brian

    November 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Great report simple! I gonna try and talk myself into fishing down lake soon. I heard this morning that for3 weeks they are going to block off the lake at Hobson pike so they can work on electric wires. No boats can pass. Brian

  • simplecircuit

    November 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on the bridge.
    I was wondering what those danger buoys were for on Sunday. I ran through on plane and freaked out thinking that there was something in the water that I didn’t know about.
    This makes a lot more sense. Great info.

  • blockel

    November 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Have you been in sailboat cove to see whether or not there’s anything going on in there? I got to imagine action in there’s starting to pick up too.

  • simplecircuit

    November 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    The last two times I’ve been in Hamilton Creek, I gave some thought to running in there, but another boat zipped in before us both times. Granted, the cove is large and can accommodate several boats… I didn’t feel like waiting to see where they settled down. So, I went elsewhere. I have seen a lot of boats run in and leave within 5-10mins. Not that it means much, but seems like they are looking and leaving.

    On a side note…
    We did have a really good day in there this spring in the very back of the middle finger. The wind had been blowing in all day and the water temp was around the lower 60’s. We caught a bunch of 1-3lb spotted bass within an hour or so pitching jigs to the rocks.

    Now I think I’ll be putting it on my list for my next time out.

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