Randall Tharp lived near Lake Guntersville for 17 years before moving back to his home state of Florida last summer. Over that period of time, Tharp witnessed a change in bass spawning habits here. "When I first started fishing here, the fish didn't spawn back in the creeks," Tharp said. "They spawned just off the main river channel."
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Tharp moved again, to another flat just off the river channel. We can't tell if this is part of his plan or if he's in scramble mode. This is the type of spot I'd assumed would be unfishable due to boat traffic, but spectator traffic is far from overwhelming.
Jordan Lee just put his second and third bass in the livewell. Another 3 and a 4, both caught up shallow.
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Paul Mueller lands a fish that would cull him up a half pound.
Steadily, Mueller’s crowd grows. Tharp just made a move, and we’ve picked up some of his boats. More and more are crowding into his spot, unbeknownst to them. However, the crowd is policing itself, telling errant boats to move. Mueller’s picked up a jerkbait and is twitching it along, showing the fish something different. Being a coldwater specialist, Mueller is likely pretty handy with the long, slender twitchbaits.
As soon as I pressed "send" on that last entry, Tharp put on his life vest and moved a short way to a spot we did not see him fish yesterday. It appears to be a flat on the edge of the river channel, the first place these fish would move up after leaving their wintering places.