Post by Brandon on Aug 6, 2019 7:01:23 GMT -5
Just me and a buddy went to the great green north Georgia mountains on Saturday in search of Chattahoochee bass, Shoal bass and anything else that would give our hooks some attention.
The section we were floating was pretty remote, its called Section 1, between the 17 and 115 bridges. We got in the water and start floating around 9ish. Made our way down to the first shoals quickly and I boated my first shoalie on a messed up cast. Made up some slack and my worm was heavy, Pickup a little slack and I feel my first fish, Pow! 14" shoalie.
The day was pretty consistent for me, Throwing a finesse worm into and near cover got me plenty of bites. A mix of Spots and Shoal bass were coming over fairly regularly. Never stuck a big one, but my best for the day was a little over 15", plenty of fun on a ML rod on the river.
Stopped a good ways down and spoke to a couple home owners on this stretch, one woman was enjoying the day after recently losing her elderly father. He loved fishing on the river and she was so excited I was able to catch a couple bass in their little section.
Another gentlemen was standing in the river offering free river beers. Solid! Spoke to him and is friends for a while, they was very interested in the Bonafide Kayak's we was riding on. They even told us their river house is available for rent if anyone is looking for bad ass place on the river, hot tub, pool table, sleep 10. He said to look them up on Instagram @riverhouse
Anyways, I did end up catching 2 tagged fish on this float, contacted the Upper Chattahoochee Shoal bass tagging project from the wildlife division and reported the caught, lengths and tag numbers. Fish were caught and tagged three weeks prior.
End of the day I had a handful of Chattahoochee bass, this makes 4 of 5 for my Georgia bass slam. Had probably 10-12 shoal bass, all smaller in size, couple over the 12" mark. Had a handful of very small spotted bass, but still fun to play with. I did see a couple big bruiser fish chasing my smaller fish on the hook. I seen probably the biggest spotted bass I ever seen in my life chasing one of my shoal bass. Easily close to 6lb fish, looked like a log at first, its belly was so big it looked like a softball.
End of the day, all was great, plenty of fish and a big rain storm came when we finished up to get us nice and soaking wet. Water level was LOW and SLOW, it was pretty clear to slightly cloudy. Hoping to get back out there this week and finish off my slam, and then head back north again this weekend and see what I can get into.