Always enjoy your story's Mr.Paty.
Something similar today. Most times, I fish brushpiles with 2 rods, one in each hand. The set-ups are identical, same rod, line, leader, jig, and bait. This morning, they would only hit one rod. I could switch which hand the rod was in, and they would still hit the same rod 5 to 1. I could switch my boat position and same thing. I soaked the slow bait with Slab Slobber, thinking maybe there was some smell they might be picking up on but no change.
Fork is fishing excellent right now. The quality of the fish has been phenomenal. Sour grape (purple/chartreuse) has been my go to bait for the last 2 weeks. With the Big Bass Splash here for the weekend, I'll do maintenance until the madness is over.