The last 2 days I have had crappie trips, but managed to squeeze out for a few hours after my trip yesterday to do some bass fishing.
My first spot was the hump in front of Fate Sanders in between the red buoys. Last week I had a great afternoon casting the a-rig for 30 minutes….this video us now up in Elite video 5. I scanned a few bass on the down side of the hump (where they should be with the current) and tossed a buoy out. I didn’t want to stay long because I wanted to try and find some shallow bass, especially if it is going to be coudy saturday. We took about 2 dozen cast and caught one short bass on a swing head jig with a green pumpkin Rage Craw while sitting in 12ft and casting into 9ft.
With the current still my main focus I headed behind the Smyrna pumphouse. It is getting very shallow back there so I had to idle slowly with the motor trimmed up. Once I made it over the shallow part(coming from Fate Sanders side) it deepened to 2.5ft-3ft with 70 degree water, really too warm for that shallow of water. Last year this time I would come back here often. The water was colder in the 50’s and I could catch quality fish on a spook and A-rig. On this trip I did not get one bite! I saw a couple bass break the surface near the deepest part of the cut through where the biggest rocks are, but that was it. I tried a Hoppy’s white/chart spinnerbait with Colorade blades, H2O squarebill that runs 2ft-5ft in shad color(only 2.99-3.99 instead of Strike King $6+), Heddon white spook, and a plastic Big Bite Bait 3″ swimming craw in brown/orange.
Once I reached the other end of the cut through near the pumphouse I followed the bank to the left and fished down to the bluff transition….nada. Trey missed one on a plastic craw on the point and then we packed it up.
We motored to the flat in between spring and fall creek and noticed bait and larger fish going nuts on the surface. I stopped in the back right corner in front of the rocks on the flat that are now out of the water in 1ft. Sitting in 8ft and casting into 3ft on top of gravel and boulder rocks with my squarebill crankbait I quickly stuck a 1.5lb white bass. The shad, gar, white bass, and largemouths were going nuts around me, but after 100 cast without another bite I said forget this. The more I fish I can’t stand being around these fish if I’m not getting bites.
We moved across the spring creek channel to the little island and Trey starting catch some on a smaller 1/4oz strike king rattle trap chrome and blue. Casting into 1ft-4ft around the smallest island with the giant rocks in front he caught around 6 largemouths and whites. Then he switched over to the a-rig and caught 6 more, including 1 double and 2 keepers!
After the bite slowed down we moved to the next bluff wall on the right going down lake towards fate sanders. I wanted to get away from all the shad action and focus on a different pattern. With the current flowing down lake I parked the boat in 6ft on the down lake side of the bluff and started pitching a Texas rig plastic craw fish orange and brown. During 30 yards gravel to boulder rock to bluff transition I caught one short bass, lost another after setting the hook, and had 2 bites that did not commit. I only fished for 20 minutes and felt like I was fishing for more “catachable” fish. I also felt like I was on a better pattern to set the hook on a 4lb-6lb fish.
All and all valuable day on the water for what I want to do on Saturday. The bigger fish seems to be coming out of transitions or 4ft-6ft boulder rock. However, if it is raining and/or cloudy on Saturday I feel like I need to have that spook in my arsenal.
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