I was out yesterday for 7 hours guiding two trips. Although we did not bass fish, I was able to run into a humongous school of hybrids and continue to catch quality crappie. On my morning trip we started in between Ponderosa Island and Mouse Tail Island. We fished several trees on the north side of the Ponderosa island closer to Long Hunter State Park. Fishing with live minnows in 10 to 16 feet of water we caught 8 quality crappie. After 30 minutes we noticed several schools of larger fish breaking the surface within a hundred yard radius. We rushed over to the schools and started casting our live minnows with a split shot and top-water lures. We quickly started catching quality hybrids and white bass. After 5 minutes there was too much action so I tied on rattle traps and poppers and moved over to another school with even larger fish. Trying to stay on the fish while fighting fish to the boat was a fun task! We landed three hybrid between 6 and 10 pounds on our crappie rods with 6 pound test line! We enjoyed the schooling fish for about 45 minutes until they went down. It was such an amazing time trying to control all the chaos! On my second trip I went back to Hong Kong where I’ve been fishing the flat in front. We caught 11 keepers in just two trees. Both the trees are in 12 – 16 feet of water. After I dropped my client off I tried two spot for bass. The first spot was the Long Point across Bryant’s Grove boat ramp. I tried a Strike King KVD 1.5 in sexy shad color. I fished all the way to the entire bank un to the point and around to the little cove without a bite and pulled up the trolling motor. My next spot was behind Fate Sanders. A storm was rolling in quickly and it was starting to rain so I hurried to the back and fish the back grass with a popper. Keeping the boat and 3-5ft feet and casting in 1-3ft near all the grass and rocks I never had a bite. There was very little shad and only a few gar I’m area.
Awesome day with the hybrid action…hope we get to experience more of this in November! I’ll be out tomorrow morning to find the bass!
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