It was overcast and rain was in the forecast. I met Brian Dillon (pictured above) at Barren Outdoors to try and get on some fish. We loaded Brian’s equipment in the boat and headed out. About 10 miles from the ramp is started pouring. We waited the main storm out then launched.
I had an idea of where I wanted to go so after a short run we marked some fish and started after them. The fish were suspended as I had figured they may be. The trick was getting them to bite. It didn’t take very long thanks to good weather conditions to get things going. These fish had been eating shad and were all fat, the bait of choice was a lipless crank bait. The fish were about 20 feet deep. So we just counted the bait down and pulled through the fish.
After we got this part figured out I wanted to check another theory. We moved to a different area. This theory also produced, just not as well. I am in preparation of a couple of tournaments in September. I am on a pattern that I feel will be key at that time. To be ready then you have to fish where they are going to be not where they are.
What does that even mean? Well it is simple. As the length of daylight hours shorten and the water temperature starts to fall bass will begin the migration back up creeks. A lot like the spring when they transition for spawn. These fish use routes, the routes need to have a few key things to them. Food, shelter, and deep water close by is a plus. The bass will have a huge appetite and will feed up for winter. So if you can locate the fish in deep water and think where will they go when they move, you develop a game plan. To fish where they are going to be one would test out by seeing if any fish are present. If they are that means there is food and shelter there. While right now they may not be the “right fish” those fish will eventually be there on their way to the fall feeding grounds. I just hope at the time of the tournaments that is where they will be! Now I have the knowledge of where these fish are now. I can follow them if I stay persistent.
Bass are 20 feet deep on the main lake. These guys can be difficult to get fired up. Crank baits and Carolina rigged Z Man 4 inch TRD worms (these guys are very buoyant) worked well. Finesse is also a great option now. Drop shot and shaky head. Slow it down and don’t over work the baits.
Hybrids have slowed down a bit still trolling between the islands.
Crappie are in 15 to 18 feet of water near brush. Live minnows is best.
Thank all of you for reading!
Good luck and God Bless!
photo by: Leslie Kidd Photography