Bass Fishing Update
March 2, 2008 - Setting Up My Honey
Hey fellow fishing folks just returned from Pickwick Lake
(Tennessee River) March 2 , 2008
I went down to set out some of my Honey
Holes. I put out the 11 Christmas trees left and they all got
put out today. A lot of people were watching me, but I think I got them out without giving away my
Have to tell you, I was in Panther Creek at the back and
found some 57 degree water off a point that turned out deadly. Caught 15 nice bass between 2 1/2 and 3 pounds
and over half were Spots.
The wind came up pretty strong, but the really great thing
about fishing Pickwick Lake is that you can always find a nice cove out of the wind.
All the fish today were taken off a Rat-R-Trap Crome and blue 1/2
ounce. About 2pm, they seemed to want something in the bone color, and would not hit the chrome and
As I make some of the trips I will put the outcome on my site as
fast as possible so you do not miss out.
Right now Pickwick Lake is down, but look for them to bring it up
in the upcoming months. For the anglers that don't know, the lake water level is controlled by Pickwick
While traveling the lake to set my honey holes, I noticed a lot of
guys going after crappie. They were in the middle of the coves and in Bear Creek fishing about 20 feet down.
Didn't get the chance to stop by and ask how they were doing since I was on a mission that I wanted
to get done and still have some time to wet a hook or two. I left the lake about 3:30pm so I only got to fish
for about 2 1/2 hours but was very pleased at the outcome.
I tried some of the steep rock banks thinking maybe I'd pick up on
some smallmouth but they were not biting today. One thing about this lake is if Pickwick Dam is pulling (Moving
Water), the smallmouth will bite but not today.
There were about 15 boats on the water today. I guess the wind
scared some anglers away.
I am thinking about in three weeks the bass should be thinking
real hard about spawning just from what I saw today; that is, provided Mother Nature does not throw a curve
ball in the game. I did see some shad activity today off the points and I am not talking about the outside
point but try the next one inside the coves. Look for a point that has grass on it and the way I found the
grass today is cast and check your hooks when you get the bait back in.
My fishing partner today said it was his best trip ever to the
lake. He learned a lot from a few secrets that were given while watching and doing what I told
Get out there and get them. I have given you what to use and where
to go. It's up to you now. Good Luck.
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March 11, 2008 - Fishing The Small
Well everyone down south has made it through that
curve that I told you Mother Nature would throw at us with 6-8 inches of snow.
We have had two pretty days with the sunshine and 64 degrees was enough to
get me out of the house and I made a trip to that lake near my house today
I got to thinking about1pm today that it is too pretty to be sitting at
the house so I loaded up a rod and took three lures, a Rat-L-Trap, Buzzbait (White),
and a Spinnerbait (white) with willow
blades on it.
If you have read my earlier article, you will
know why I chose the willow blades. If not, it will make a bigger
flash in the muddy water and help the Bass Hogs see it
Anyway, I got to the lake about 1:40pm and
checked my fish watch. It was saying that a major feed
was coming up at 2:55pm.
I started out throwing the lipless crankbait and
did not get any takers. A buddy was throwing a BuzzBait and he had not received a
bite yet either.
If you all remember I said in a earlier article to pay
attention to what the bass tell
you...well just down from where I was fishing I saw a bass
hit the top chasing a shad.
I then switched to the Spinnerbait and moved down the
bank. The guy I was with asked what I was doing and I said I wanted to check out
this other bank and see if the fish had moved up in the shallows to warm
Well, the second cast I had a Bass Hog blow up
just under the surface after my bait and I knew that I was on something. I went ahead
and told my buddy to move down with me and see if we could pick up some
He was getting to the frustration stage and told
me he did not think there were fish in this lake..that is
about the time I loaded up on my rod with a fish that had hit the spinnerbait not once but
three times, and this time I got him.
He weighed about 3 pounds. The guy asked where I
caught him and I pointed to a small stump in the shallows, but I had thrown out
deep and brought it back in doing a slow roll. I think the fish were following it
back and just about the time they thought the bait was going to get away, they would hit
I was on the fish now and my buddy was also
picking some up. I told him to work the edge of the grass because that is where the
fish are staging and next to any stump. I recommended he try and hit the stump on the way back in and it
We fished for about two hours and ended up with
15 bass. I would say the biggest was 5 pounds and a handful of 3
Needless to say he was
watching the streets real close when we left and made the
statement that in about another month the real big ones will be coming in to
Just before we left I would
bet I had one on that would have made this article if
I had landed him. He would have gone an easy ten pounds.
I know you are thinking this is the one that got
away, but hejumped out of the water and did a dance for us
not five feet from the bank and spitthe Spinnerbait out; at least he showed his face
This is to let you know if youdon't already, the fish are ready. I hope that
you're ready to go out there and get them.
Keep the Hooks Wet