Well, again, I wish I had a better report for you. It is just as hard for me to write this report as it was for me to fish all day yesterday. In fact I didn’t fish all day, I went in early because I was tired of getting my butt whooped by the bass. Fishing the Saturday morning tournament from 7:30am to 2:30pm with BCGS guide, Kevin Patin, we struck out with the zero keepers and went home at 1:30! Not having much of a pattern prior to the tournament we decided to try up in the river where there might have been more current and find some new fish. We started at the East and West Fork split around the island. We focused on the ledge that drops from 4 -16 feet into the channel casting deep diving crankbaits in sexy shad, swimbaits, and big plastic Red Bug pattern worms. We had one fish on the crankbait that got off. Shortly after we noticed fish school on the surface behind us on the other side of the channel. We hurried over to the surface activity casting rattle traps, swimbaits,and spooks, but never could get one to react. We fished down that same bank and had one good bite on a swing head jig with a magnum trick worm and red bug color. Unfortunately, he got off and that was the only bite we had in that area.
Next, we moved up into the East Fork and fished the blown-out bridge before the East Fork boat ramp. We fished both sides of the rip rap and the big chunk rock out the middle in 12 to 15 feet…..never had a single bite. We motored back out of the East Fork stopping at the pump house on the left before you reach the East and West Fork intersection. Flipping a 3/16oz Strike King Bitsy jigs in black/blue with green Paca Chunk and Magnum Trick worm while sitting in 20 feet and casing to the bank and pillars we never had a single bite.
Next, we fished the bluff wall on the left before the Jefferson Pike Bridge. Will flipped 50 yards of shady cracks in the boulder rocks and never had a single bite.
We decided to try the mouth of the Smyrna pump house cut through. Keeping the boat and 2 to 5 feet of water we tried Strike King rattle traps in “natural shad’ pattern, green pumpkin chatterbaits, and 3/16oz shaky heads with a black trick worm. We fished 50 yards into the cut through before it got too shallow and we had to turn around, never had a single bite……again.
We cruised out of the cut through to Stewart’s Creek in the back at the boat ramp. We fished the flat before the boat ramp on the right, around the boat ramp to the back side of the island on the left. Focusing on the thousands of shad around the wood we finally felt like we were in a potential area. As we reached the back of the island the wind was blowing right through the intersection and we caught three short bass on the flat. One came on the shaky head with back trick worm, another on a Academy H2O squarebill in shad pattern, and another on the GP chatterbait. We kept the boat in the channel 6-8ft and cast into 1-2ft. After we fished for awhile without a bite we continued further back into the creek. Once we reached 2 turns further in the back the surface was COVERED with green alge and seeds. There was bait everywhere as well, give us some hope! With the boat in 3ft-6ft we tried shaky heads and chatterbaits for 30 minutes…….nada!!! We moved to the mouth of Fate Sanders Marina and tried the rock hump at the no wake buoys. We parked the boat in 6ft and cast squarebill crankbaits into 1ft We fished all the way around the hump and to Sister Cove without a bite! Lastly, we moved to the first cut through and tried the long rock point that comes out in the back near the white PVC pole. With the boat in 6ft-10ft we cast trick worms and jigs into 4ft dragging back slowly……nada. We pulled out to the big ledge at the mouth of the first cut through and parked the boat in 12ft-14ft casting big plum ribbon tail worms and trick worms into 7ft, dragging back slowly…..nada. We were tired and frustrated and both had family events in the evening so we decided to head in early so we could catch a nap.
All and all…..no words needed. This week looks no better, but next week looks cooler.
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