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  • Old Hickory fishing tactic

    Posted by bigred on September 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Reposted from Percy forum since it’s about Old Hickory … hope it helps someone !

    Hello everyone, I’m returning to our forum after a one year stay up on Old Hickory. While on Old Hickory I often caught 5-6 pound largemouth bass. My top was a 9 pounder and I had a number of 8 pounders as well. I was in a cabin on Barton’s Creek and fished there, Spring Creek, Bledsoe Creek and the main river. I traveled down to the Steam Plant during the colder months. Almost all of my big fish came from that area and further up river.

    On Old Hickory, my big fish all came on a simple Zoom Horny Toad frog with paddle legs, in green pumpkin. I’d rig it weedless on a two-prong frog hook and fish it weightless. I used fluorocarbon line. I skipped the frog to shoreline cover, let it sink a moment, then a few slow reels and let it glide down … repeat all the way to the boat. I had some hit about 15 feet from the shore so I guess they were following. I tried other colors and would catch a fish or two but I think that was more to the lure action than the color. When I went back to green pumpkin I would catch more frequent and bigger fish. I used this spring, summer, fall and it was the best method I found. I did try everything else I have in my tackle box but nothing ever caught more than a fish or two over a few hours. Old Hickory can be hard to pattern because the water is so much colder. I think the skipping casts and slow retrieves worked because they were well suited for colder water. Just my experience.

    The guy that won the big tournament up there fished Bandit dives to 3″ lures in the three creeks. He replaced the stock hooks with stronger, one size bigger hooks. Said it didn’t affect performance at all. He dragged them over hard bottom ledges. He was fairly local and knew all the right spots. But he swore that pattern would work year-round and was the best tactic to use … He won the $100,000 + something first place … so maybe he was right!

    Brian replied 9 years, 9 months ago 1 Member · 2 Replies
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  • Brian

    September 18, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Those creeks in the fall are awesome. As the bait moves towards the back there are a few ditches on the flats that bass love to hold to. I also live topwater up there in the fall…..spooks are my favorite!

  • Brian

    September 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Did you take any pictures of those hogs your caught?

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