Been 3 weeks since I was able to get out on the water last but I was able to get out there yesterday and Dad came along with me.
We had nothing but Crappie on our minds with the exception of one summer time Bass spot to hit in the heat of the day but that's all we were ready to tackle yesterday. As we launched the boat and Dad was parking the truck one of the local guides came over and talked to me a bit. I wont repeat what he said but he said something that immediately deflated my expectations for the day as soon as he said it and I knew it was going to be tough!
Not willing to give up before we even got started we hit the first Crappie spot and I think Dad caught one little one there and that was it. Made a short move and didn't do much better there either. Decided to make a longer run in hopes of better water conditions but that didn't pan out either. At that point I said we needed to hit a multi species spot and hope for the best.
As I pulled up to the spot there was nobody there despite it being a pretty well known spot. I didn't care because it couldn't be much worse than what we had seen so far that morning. I dropped the trolling motor and of course I broke my transducer earlier that morning so couldn't really graph the spot real well but I didn't need to. Turns out there were quite a few Sandies and a few Hybrids mixed in and we proceeded to pick on them for the next several hours. It took a little while to figure them out but once we did it was pretty steady. Before long we had about 10 boats around us but there was really only one sweet spot and it was only big enough for 3 boats. Me and Dad knew why they were there but Im not sure if anyone else did and it all had to do with what the guide had said about the lake earlier that morning.
We ended up catching probably around 125 Sandbass and smaller Hybrids. I had zero plans to bring any home but we hooked a ton of them deep so we tossed 30 along with a few Crappie in the live well.
About 1pm I told Dad it was time to go hit the Bass spot. I was expecting 1 or 2 Bass off that spot but we got 7 really solid fish super quick and missed 3 others.
The day started off terrible but we kept at it and was able to turn one of the worst Crappie trips ever into a great Sandbass and Bass trip! Really wish I would have got some on the water pics of some of the Bass but I didn't want to put my rod down long enough to do that.
Ended up bagging the Sandbass for the freezer and just cooked the Crappie for lunch/dinner just awhile ago.