While on a search mission for the next day’s tournament on Kerr Lake, my partner and I were greeted by light S-SW winds as w launched at County Line Park in the Nutbush Creek area. Water temps were hovering around 46 deg. as we targeted secondary points with jerk baits and crank baits. We had a few short strikes on shallow jerks over deeper water, so we decided to move to shallower water. Out first fish was 5 lbs 10 oz, so we expanded our search for other secondary points and main lake points. We began to pattern the Bass on windy points in the 6′-10′ depths of water. The increasing wind definitely helped our cause However, the next day’s forecast (Tx day) called for almost no wind from the N-NE. We were confident in our ability to catch a limit, but felt the fish would change moods and position. The 1st fish on tournament day came on a suspending jerk bait with a long 10 sec pause We noticed that the water level had dripped so we decided to fish deeper then the day before. We tried different presentations throughout the day, but the jerk bait yielded the majority of strikes. We ended up catching 6 fish for the day, 5 on a jerk bait and 1 on a med diving crank. e weighted in 5 fish for 13+ lbs.; quite different from the 19= lbs from the previous day. The key to our catches was having confidence in our ability in tough conditions, paying attention to baitfish movements with our Lowrance HDS, and timing.
Written By: Stan Cobb