Yesterday I had a guide trip with a regular client and some of his colleagues. We launched out of Jefferson Spring boat ramp at 12pm and proceeded up into the river. The water was 71 degrees. We stopped at the 840 bridge in the East Fork. Each client started with a sinko and I had on an A-rig with Zoom white swim flukes. The first 2 cast on a black and blue Gamakatsu sinko brought some bass to the surface, but none of them grabbed the hook. 5 minutes later I caught a decently one on my A-rig. I was letting it sink down about 5 seconds and then retrieving slowly. Moments later I had another one on my A-rig same size. We fished for 20 minutes and then I switched to a Minnow 3.3 Thread Fin on one of my clients rods. Several minutes later she caught a nice spotted bass! At the same time we were fishing the left pillar, BCGS guide, Ben Malone, was with other clients that were in our party and they caught 5-6 bass on a Bandit 200 in shad pattern on the right pillars. We fished for 15 minutes and decided to move on.
I scanned a few flats back towards Jefferson Spring without finding any bait.
Our next spot was the Smyrna pump house, but this time I entered from the pump house side where it was calm. It was a cloudy, WINDY day and I was hoping for some topwater action! We started down the left bank once you enter the cut through. We fished with 1/2oz white buzzbaits and sexy shad spooks. As we approached the far back corner where the water really shallows up we saw some bass busting the surface. We worked our way up to the action and chucked our lures. Just a few cast later we had a 4lb on the spook for 5 seconds, but it unbuttoned! This bass was in 1ft of water and slammed it! We fished down the bank a little further and BOOM another good fish on the spook….4lb landed! We had one more bite on the spook that unbuttoned as well….not as big, but maybe a keeper. At that time Ben Malone crept in the spot we were catching our fish and started casting 1/4oz spinnerbaits(white with willow leaf blades) and buzzbaits. They caught 3 more in there with one keeper!
I idled out and move to the next flat on the right up lake. The bait was pushed up from the wind and there were bass(both largemouth and white bass) feeding all around. I tied on a Rat 2.25 Sexy Shad on my clients rod and she started casting. We were in 5ft casting into 1ft-2ft with our rattle traps and retrieving them fast. The next 45 minutes we had 8 bites and caught 4…..some short bass and I nice white!
The rain started POURING on us so we headed to the ramp!
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