Today I fished with BCGS guide, Trey Neal, in hunt for some big bass! It was a better day catching around 15, including 4 keepers.
We started out at Fate Sanders around 830am and headed up-lake. I idled through the Smyrna pump house cut through and stopped at the opening of the other end. I picked up a Texas rig black and blue Net Bait Paca Chunk Sr(1/4oz bullet weight). Flipping to the left bank at the mouth where there is a lot of lay downs I had a solid bite on my second cast. I set the hook and fought a 2lb into the boat! The water temperature was 75 and the fish were right on the bank. Moments later I realized I did not have my GoPro on and went to turn in on…..no power. I went to take it out of it’s case and bloop!!!! In the water it went!!! I reached for it to the point where I lost control and went into the lake. I was now in the lake and Trey told me to grab my rod that was behind me in the water. I got the rod back and Trey lifted me into the boat. Soaked in pants and a hoody I stripped down and decided to try and retrieve the GoPro. It was 7ft deep, but thankfully my friend through in a buoy when I went into the water. The next 45 minutes bobbed up and down while feeling the bottom for seconds at a time. I was never able to find it…..not how I planned on starting my morning. I didn’t want it to ruin my day so I picked up my flipping rod and started fishing again. We fished the bank around the point to the left and down the stretch until it met the bluff wall. Keeping the boat in 3ft-5ft and casting to the bank we caught 3 more bass, 2 on the Texas rig and 1 on a white spinnerbait with tandem silver willow and Colorado blades.
Next we motored under the Jefferson Pike bridge all the way down the bluff wall on the right until we neared the end. We picked up our flipping rods with our craws(now a brown with orange and blue flake). Fishing the end of the bluff all the way until in meets the mud flat(100 yards) we caught 4 more, including 2 keepers out of 3ft. They were sitting in the dark cracks around the boulders in 2ft-4ft while the boat was in 3ft-8ft.
After we reached the flat we headed across the channel to where there was a ton of bait. With the boat in 8ft we cast into 2ft working our craws back. Five minutes later Trey set the hook on a TOAD. He fights the fish for several seconds until I’m convinced to get the net. The giant comes to the surface and I net a 5.5lb! The next 2 hours we fished down the bluff on the left side of the channel catching a short bass every 10 minutes, but no keepers.
We motored into the East Fork and stop at the 840 bridge. Casting A-rigs to the first left pillar Trey caught 4 short fish after letting his bait sink for 8 seconds before retrieving slowly. I had a few hits, but never hooked up.
We went up the river a 1/4 mile and fished the bluff wall on the right. Flipping our craws in the dark shade to boulder rocks and wood we never got another bite.
All and all, great day of fishing, but the GoPro was a bummer! I went to Best Buy already so I don’t fall behind on my videos…..expensive accident. I’m excited about fall fishing with craws, spinnerbaits, rattles, and topwater!!!
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