The good Lord answered my prayers and for once, we had nice weather on a day I was off work. I had every intention of fishing the Cumberland but when I got down on Riverside Drive, I saw that the river was up about 15 feet, the color of chocolate, there were logs floating all over the place and the current was super strong (I found out later that the TVA is releasing tons of water from the dams to bring the lakes down to winter pool level). So, I ended up staying inside the lagoon at the Marina at Liberty Park along with a few other folks who were out fishing today.
A winter’s day; everything is brown but at least it was 50 degrees out today, and water temperature was 50 as well.
I started out by trolling the edges of the lagoon, casting my trusty 4” Senko (black, of course) to the rip rap along shore, looking for bass. I caught several dinks like the one below:
I got to one corner of the lagoon and cast towards some floating branches near shore and suddenly something grabbed my Senko and took off; I thought I had hooked into a freshwater drum but imagine my surprise when up came a big momma!
According to my scale, that bass weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces but I’m not sure how accurate that scale is…either way, I’ll take it LOL.
Oh, and no post would be complete without a wildlife pic so here’s a bird:
Once I had made a round of the lagoon, looking for bass, I switched gears and started fishing for white bass, since I had been told that they start coming through this area during the winter months. I started out with a redeye shad rattle trap (sexy shad color) but I was missing a lot of fish so I switched to a Blue Fox inline spinner and started nailing them; I must have caught at least 50 white bass in about 2 hours, most of them were between 1 and 2 pounds.
These fish are a blast to catch as they put up a really good fight (I hear they are also good eating). I had promised my wife that I would be home before 3 since it is Christmas Eve and I had started a beef roast in the crock pot before I left so reluctantly, I called it a day around 2 and trust me, the way the white bass were biting, I was very reluctant . Today was the perfect Christmas present for yours truly; nice weather, and best of all, the fish were biting! Merry Christmas, all!