The last two days I hit the lake with some clients. The bass have turned on in the shallows, with some quality fish being caught! Most of this is due to the water temperature now at 73 degrees and the lake starting to lower to winter pool!
Below are the areas we fished with our success.
The hump across Fate Sanders towards Stewart’s Creek in between the red buoys. Sitting in 13ft-15ft and casting into 9ft-10ft, Thursday I caught a solid 3lb on a 5″ Strike King Sexy Spoon. I scanned some bass on the hump, tried a Texas rig with Net Bait 10″ plum ribbon tail worm without any luck and then picked up my spoon. I could not get any other fish to bite, but knew there was some more down there. Another indicator that there was more on the hump is that I pulled a 6″ shad out of the bass’s throat! Hours later at the end of the day I dropped my client off at the dock. I saw several bass feeding on shad around the dock very aggressively so I grabbed a white swim jig with a white Zoom fluke Jr and pitched it to the bass…..BOOM….BOOM! I caught two 2+ bass right next to my boat! I was ready to head home, but I had a thought…..I bet those fish on that hump are feeding too! I idled out of the no wake zone and motored to the hump. I scanned around and found the bass and tossed a buoy. This time I grabbed my A-rig and started chucking. On my 4th cast….BOOM, 14″ largemouth. Almost each cast after I felt bass knocking it around while retrieving slowly. Moments later…..BOOM, I set the hook and had a good fish on. Seconds later it unbuttoned! I set my rod to my side and released a deep breath, I picked my rod up and started retrieving again….BOOM! It came back and ate it again!!! I fought the fish to the boat and swung in a 3+lb! AWESOME…I got it all on video too for the Elite Video 5 releasing the 15th! I caught 1 more bass a few cast later and then switched to my spoon and started getting bites as well, but for some reason they would just smack the spoon. I’d let it fall all the way to the bottom and then stroke it up. While it was falling you could see the line jump, but when you set the hook….nada. Exiting 30 minutes!
Behind Fate Sanders has been on FIRE too! Both trips the last few day we caught 6-10 bass on the back bank in the center and right corner. Yesterday we caught several short fish, but had a 4lb and two 3lbs! The trip before we had four fish between 2lb-2.5lb! On each trip I kept the boat in 4ft-6ft and cast into 2ft-4ft with either 1/8oz shaky head with a green pumpkin trick worm, Strike King 1.5 shad color, or 1/4oz Strike King rattle trap in sexy shad. The bass should not move out of this area with the temperature falling and lake lowering.
The point at the mouth of Ski Cove in Stewart’s Creek produced several fish yesterday afternoon. Casting Strike King 1/4oz rattle traps in sexy shad and 1/4oz shaky heads with green pumpkin Rage Craws, we caught 3 bass and lost about 3 more. I kept the boat in 8ft-10ft as we cast up to the cypress trees dragging slowly. Right before we left the area bass started surfacing after shad in 1ft around the trees!
A few areas that were not as productive: Stewarts Creek main channel big point. I thought with the current from the lake lowering they would have been piled up to feed. Also, the hump on the right before the Weakley Lane bridge. While the lake is lowering the current increases on the backside of the bridge because all of the water from the channel has to fit through the smaller opening. The bait and bass can be found on the hump very aggressive at times.
All and all, fun two days. Yesterday was kinda slow starting out deep, but once we moved shallow into Fate Sanders and Stewart’s creek we started catching. Thursday was good throughout the day and then going back to the hump and catching them on the A-rig was awesome! With the cooler temperatures coming the next 10 days the bass will start to moved more into their fall patterns. Now is the time to started focusing on shallow water 1ft-4ft with rattletraps, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater! When you have isolated structure to cast to(i.e wood) pitch a jig or worm to it.
Some of these areas(hump in front of Fate Sanders) are on Elite Video 5 coming Oct 15th. To become a member and start learning faster click the link http://www.briancarper.com/elite.html
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