OK, this was the guide trip that SeaPro Todd bid for and won at last year's Cedar Creek Veteran's Foundation White Bass Tournament. Todd kindly invited ScottyP and me to join him and Chris. The day started with Chris, Scott and me launching at HWY 309 ramp at 6:15 AM. (Todd couldn't make it early so we picked him up later - about 8:45 AM). Forecast predicted 15 to 25 mph winds, so we knew we were in for a rough day. We started at a main lake point along the north shoreline SW of the west end of 287 bridge. We parked in 5 fow and cast to the bulkhead, where you could see threadfin shad spawning. It started slow but we picked a white bass then a hybrid and it just got better. We started catching whites toward the lakeside of the boat also. After catching 3 legal hybrids, a short one and a bunch of whites, it slowed and Chris eased out farther on the point locating a large group of whites on the bottom in 10 to 15 fow. When it was about time to pick up Todd, we left and had caught 94 whites and the 3 legal and 1 short hybrid
After picking up Todd the winds got really bad. We tried to set up on north end south of 287 bridge, but it was just too rough. So, we headed to south end of the lake, checked several points including Windsock and found no fish. Finally, we headed back north and decided to drift in the Pelican Island area. That was our best spot. We drifted and re-drifted over a hump starting in about 30 fow. It was a broad hump that topped out about 18 fow then went back to deep. We caught 7 more legal hybrids and 3 more short ones. Plus the hump had a large section with whites on it so we caught a bunch more of them. We caught hybrids on Todd's A-rig (which he kindly provided to each one of us), on slabs and on Mepps #4. Scott won prize for most legal hybrids.
We left there and checked a deep roadbed south of the 287 bridge but couldn't find any. The last spot was a very shallow hump toward the eastern shore south of the 287 bridge. Chris saw a concentration of white bass in 5 fow. We parked a casting distance away and caught several more whites - almost all 14 to 16 inches. We quit at 2:30 PM with 230 white bass, 10 legal hybrids, 4 short ones and 2 yellow bass. Todd kept a few to eat, and the rest were catch and release.
Here are some pics of our adventure:
Here's the hump we drifted and re-drifted over. Yellow line traces boat position:
Last edited by Dennis Christian; 05/04/2010:17 PM.
Thanks for the writeup DC! What a fun day with fellow TFFers. I will remember this trip for a long time
I like win win outcomes. Chris donated the trip as fund raise for the vets of lake CC organized by DC and his helpers a years ago. Good gestures were initiated all around so i had a positive feeling what comes around will return around. And Bam Bingo I was right on... Great catching day!
Also, i feel so blessed to know and fish with so many skillful anglers in our community. The guys in my boat were exceptional anglers! They are very skillful at reading graph, kept up with patterns, make smart decisions in adverse condition, and make catching look way easy! It was my 1st time fishing with guide Chris Richardson. I heard from several of my buddies that Chris got mad skills and after a trip, I have to agree.
I'm not sure Todd realized this, but I put 3 mash-on weights up the line with a #4 Mepps while we were drifting. I quickly caught a white bass and then a legal hybrid. Then my line got caught in the splasher and I lost the weights. The Mepps method works best when you are stationary, but if you can get the lure down to the bottom as you drift, it still works. I appreciate Todd giving us a ready-to-go A-rig. I caught a white and a legal hybrid on it, and plan to give the drifting with A-rig a try on Cedar Creek lake..
I didn't know that DC, cuz was busy in the front deck betting with ScottyP to see what lure DC will throw next besides the mepps. Lol. We already know mepps is a killer lure but just wanting to see mepps master catches fish on something new for fun shake and we won't tell. Lol. Let me know how you do on ARig windy days on CC laboratory.
Great post as usual Dennis ,went down Wednesday with my fishing buddy that has his boat in the shop and fished Pelican island and had a great day about 100 sand bass hadn't been down in 3 year's but the winds have been so bad lately until Wednesday.Tried to PM you but your box was full . Was going to try and get down to Cedar Creek and was going to get some water conditions and boat ramp information.