We followed Tommy Biffle to an amazing little spot. He's struggling right now, trying to find fish. After having no luck in handful of spots on Brush Creek he has now moved to a hidden little inlet. To get here Tommy led us through a tiny tunnel of trees. One tree limb caught him by surprise, smacked him in the face and broke his sunglasses. But he's fishing again, and asked us to hang back so as not to disturb the fish in this small area. It's 10:15 and with only one fish in the livewell, I'm sure he's feeling some pressure.
Faircloth pitches a sinking worm to a series of three docks. He misses a bass and lands another short one. He still looks calm, but he must be growing concerned by now. If he is, it doesn't show. Faircloth jumps to a nearby bridge and retrieves a crankbait past the pilings. He fishes every piling and then cranks the outboard. He makes the winding run out of Beech Creek to one of the bridges in Yellow Jacket Creek. He cranks the pilings here, too. After a few minutes here, he runs to the back of a pocket in Half Moon.
Pete Ponds starting off the day with two quick keepers. Pete made a 5 mile run to some new water mid lake. He caught a short fish and then just landed his 5th keeper. His spirits are high and he is feelinOne is a good one. He is fishing a drain with moving current from the heavy rains yesterday.
We are running a classic river search mission. Biffle is sticking his nose in some nooks and crannies trying to make something happen. It reminds me of lower Mississippi River fishing. The last little spot he nudged into and he came face to face with a limb. It broke his sunglasses, but he kept pushing in. We are back where we started this morning and the home of his only keeper.
Is it the game-changer Cherry needs to bring home the West Point Lake Battle?
We are way up the river with Biffle. For the most part he's been running bays throwing a spinnerbait, occasionally picking up a jig when he comes to a lay down. He's battling an influx of mud and debris. The river is flowing pretty good and there's everything that will float coming down with it. That means the water is rising. The cool rain may have dropped the water temp too. It's at 58 degrees, but the sun is shining.
This looks like a big one for Cherry. More info to come.
In the last pocket he said he a 2-3 pounder chase but stopped and turned. He follow it up with something slow but no luck on that one. He has now moved a few pockets up Wehadkee Creek. Water is stained and warming up. Its 5 degrees warmer than the first stop of the AM.
Aaron Martens moved away from the weigh-in site, but not far. The Highway 109 bridge is just around the corner. And he's quickly put two fish in the boat, giving him four for the day. They came on consecutive casts with a shaky head worm. There's not much weight to either one, and the second fish was bleeding badly. Martens just told us, "Fish-killer."