Last week I walked down to the river (this is a rather small, shallow river) that runs through my neighborhood here in Tennessee to do a little river bass fishing. Mind you, I have fished this river A LOT in the past. Most of the time I would go down there with my wife and neighbors to hang out and wade through the water. I would bring my gear and throw a rooster tail or beetle spin and catch a few brim or even a gar every now and then. I never really knew the potential of this river until the last few weeks. I really started to study the water and go after some quality largemouth and smallmouth bass that I believe to be in some of the pools and large rocky areas of the river.
My first trip I came up empty. I was throwing a 3/8 oz. football jig and a 7 inch worm that I had on a Texas rig. I had a few bites here and there but nothing on the hook. There was a lot of activity on the top of the water so I made a trip to pick up some new tackle better suited for these fish an came back the next day.
I started by throwing a 5 inch Zoom Bait Salty Super Fluke. I rigged it weightless and was using my spinning gear. On my very first cast I hooked a nice smallmouth that gave me quite a fight. The funny part was I wasn’t actually looking to catch a fish on this cast I was making sure the action on the bait was good. I continued to move downstream but made all my casts upstream at about a 45 degree angle to the opposite bank. I caught 8 smallmouth (most around 1lb or so) the next hour and a half. Suddenly the bite turned off and the activity on the top of the water seemed to die down a bit. I was about ready to call it a day but wanted to try the new jig I had just picked up.
On my baitcasting gear I tied on a Strike King Bitsy Bug in black/blue. For a trailer, I cut down a Strike King Rage Tail Craw in green pumpkin to fit the smaller jig. I love these rage tail baits by the way. I can use them for a trailer on a jig or put one on a Texas or Carolina rig and fish rocks or brush piles. They have been producing some nice fish for me the last few weeks. I continued to pitch the jig in what looked like a nice little pocket within the rocks just on the edge of the current. This pool was probably 3-4 feet. Finally a smallmouth absolutely crushed this bait. To be honest I was a little surprised because I wasn’t quite sure that there was going to be any fish of this caliber in the area. I was jacked up to say the least. I’m guessing he was in the 2lb+ range but fought like a 10 pounder. That’s what I love about smallmouth bass fishing. What a blast!
There was a man and his daughter fishing a few hundred yards from me and they probably enjoyed the show I put on. I like to celebrate every catch, it’s just too much fun not to.
Here is my catch of the day.
More to come