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Headhunter 04-29-2020 09:31 AM

Priest hybrids
Really struggled this year. For a few weeks barely caught any, many trips without even a "sniff" from a hybrid. Actually, first year in my 10 or so years of fishing for hybrids I only have not had a good trip in Old Hickory Cove but I have not caught a hybrid there. Not one.

It worked out though, I put close to 100 crappie in the freezer since I couldn't find or catch any hybrids and have had a few great days catching bass, 1/4 oz silver tennessee shad rat-l-trap, mud flat, caught a bunch like I used to do every year. Haven't done that in years because I am usually catching at least some hybrids.

Last 2 weeks, have been as good as I have seen in a couple years. Had a few good trips and carried my cousin recently, in 4 hours we caught over 40 hybrids and they averaged about 7 lbs. We had several 9's that trip. Had a few trips recently, for 30 to 45 minutes I either get a hit or catch a hybrid on most every cast. Sometimes fishing from the bank is the way to go with some of the wind we are having.

Bigger fish seem to be better this year for sure. 6 fish over 10 lbs so far, 2 being right at 12 lbs. Topwater bite started up and has been great. Cork and fluke still is the best but have caught them well on pro sizzle jr and jumpin minnow also. A few on a redfin.

It is getting better everyday. They are on many spots I fish from the Hobson Pike bridge to the dam and I have caught them on several places that I have not caught hybrids at in several years and some I have never fished before.

Headhunter 04-30-2020 11:08 AM

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I rarely keep a hybrid. Don't eat them and don't care to. A couple friends love them so I will keep a couple here and there.

58 qt cooler, this has been the average size fish most days.

and what i believe is the best way to catch them on top

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SalmonDaze 04-30-2020 11:48 AM

Thanks for the report 'hunter. We're fortunate: generally keep the freezer well-stocked with beef/chicken. Plan to hit JPP in the next few days to stock up on fish. I'd rather fight the crowd on the lake than at Kroger. ;)

spottedbass 05-01-2020 09:04 AM

Headhunter, have you ever tried a bubble rig to catch them? I know you can throw a bubble rig a long way.

I am assuming you are throwing the cork and fluke in low light conditions?

Headhunter 05-02-2020 10:42 AM

I can't throw a bubble rig near as far as a cork and fluke.

I throw a cork and fluke anytime.

spottedbass 05-03-2020 12:11 PM

Thanks for the info of when you throw it.

I assume that you are throwing a weighted float?

gordonc615 05-25-2020 07:06 PM

Man I'm glad I'm not the only one that struck out at old hickory cove this year.. it has been such a crazy year with the weather as well.. i am taking the boat out this week to try 7 points in the mornkng and then maybe Hobson bridge as well. Man of you have any update on anything lately lmk

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