Went out two days ago and found that the cold front did not help the fishing! My clients and I started out crappie fishing. We fished from Hong Kong Island to Bryant Grove to Ponderosa Island…..probably about 8 brushpiles with only two keepers. It wasn’t until we pulled up to a brushpile near Long Hunter boat ramp where we hit the jackpot. The water temperature was in the upper 60’s while the boat was in 15 feet on top of a tree. We caught 19 keepers out of that one tree! Everything was caught on live minnows in 2-3 feet off the bottom. The rest of the day we bass fished. We started behind Fate Sanders Marina. The water temperature was 67 degrees. We tried squarebill crankbaits in shad pattern, rattle traps in shad and crawfish pattern, and a small finesse black and blue 3/16oz jig. Fishing the entire cove we only had two short bass on the rattle trap while sitting in 4ft and casting to the boulder rocks in 2ft. Both came off the left bank. One in 2ft and the other out in the middle in 5ft.
We moved to the back of Four Corners marina and fished the entire left side bank past the Hurricane boat ramp to the far right cove. Focusing on the two points with boulders and the old rock shoal that parallels the left bank next to the creek channel we kept the boat in 4 to 6 feet of water. We caught one 1lb largemouth on the rock shoal with an orange Bandit 100 squarebill crankbait and the other came in the middle of the cove in 2 feet, again the orange crankbait again…..this one being 3lbs. Those were the only two bass we caught back there. Next we moved under Hobson Pike bridge into the cove on the left and fish the entire back. Staying in the creek channel in 4-6 feet of water we fished the same lures. We fished each rock point and the flat with zero bites.
All and all, it was a tough day. The crappie were tough until we hit the jackpot tree. I’m fishing a tournament this weekend and looking forward to practicing a couple days. Hopefully I can find a sack of fish.
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