The last couple days the fish have started to move shallow! Sunday and Monday I found several schools of fish where we caught several to over a dozen bass. Most of these fish have been caught with Minnow 2.5 Thread Fin and Rat 2.75 Sexy Shad in 1ft-4ft.
Today I started in the cove behind Fate Sanders. The last couple trips the bass have been going nuts in the afternoon and evenings. I figured the morning bite would be just as good or better…..not. While idling to the back of the cove I scanned TONS of bait in the middle of the cove, but continued to the bank where the fish were biting the day before. I tied on a white 3/4oz Hoppy buzz hog for my client and I fished with a pearl and chartreuse Zara Spook. We fished the entire right corner, back, and left corner in 1-3ft without a bite! I thought some of the fish would move into the super shallow water over night. I knew I would come back later and decided to move somewhere else.
Next we travel to the back of Savage Branch. We fished the back right corner with Minnow 2.5 Thread Fin, rattle traps and A-rigs. We zeroed until we came to the middle of the back pocket where the deeper water hugs closer to the bank. There the bait was surfacing everywhere alone with gar and a couple big stripers! Casting rattle traps and A-rigs I missed 2 fish and my client caught 2 crappie on his trap and a catfish. After a while I picked up my 3/16oz swing jig with Big Bite Craw brown/blue flake and missed another one! We fished for a little while longer with no activity and pulled up the trolling motor.
We idled past the No Wake buoys going into Four Corners and headed the back left corner just past the marina(about 300 yards past Hurricane boat ramp on the left). The next little point has boulder rocks that come off it to create a drop off that goes from 3ft-8ft. I scanned around and found very little bait, but decided to try anyways since we idled all that way. Casting same lures…..nada.
Next we moved back up lake to the hump just past the second cut through. I dropped a buoy on top of the hump in 13ft and backed off into 17ft. Casting my swing jig with craw I had one bite that I missed, or has I like to say “he missed it”. We made a few more cast and then saddled up.
I motored to the flat at the mouth of Lamar Hill on the left. There has been tons of bait on this flat near the bank in 1ft-3ft. Casting our Minnow 2.5 Thread Fin and Rat 2.75 Sexy Shad we caught 6 bass, including a 2.25lb and 3lb! The bass were holding on the rocks….we could feel our lures bumping here and there. We headed towards the back of Lamar Hill and had zero activity.
Lastly, we headed back to Fate Sanders and idled to the back of the cove. This time I backed off a little and we picked up our rattle traps. Once we made it halfway down the mud flat on the left…. it began. POW, BOOM, SLAM!!! As we burned our traps in we caught over 20 bass! We had the boat in 5ft-6ft and cast into 2ft-3ft. Most of the fish were small, less than a pound to a little over pound, but we did catch one 2+lb and lost a 2lb-3lb at the boat. Rattle traps retrieving fast was the ticket!
All and all, great day! The weather was perfect, the water was in the 70’s and we stretched the line a lot! I have plenty of openings the rest of Sept and Oct. Use your $25 OFF membership coupon and book your fall trip today!
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