I got to the lake around 7p.m. launched at hales ford and headed up river. I caught 2 largemouth on a shakey head before dark. I noticed there was allot of shad activity before dark so I was hoping for a good topwater bite after dark. Well it gets dark and sure enough there are shad up against the banks early! I start throwing my wake bait and it immediately gets blown up! But I miss. The fish hit right at the boat and bout gave me a heart attack. Now I'm pumped thinking I'm gonna wear them out. I fish for another hour or so without a strike. I decided to go down to Becky's creek. I stop on a place and the fish are busting like crazy. I end up catching 3 on the wakebait. Nothing too big. Maybe 3 pounds for my biggest fish. I fish a couple more banks without any luck. By this point I'm frustrated with the topwater bite. Tons of fish busting but not allot of bites. I decide to change it up and I go out on the main lake and start dragging a c rig on the points. That proved to be a good decision. I quickly boat 4 more fish. 3 LM and a nice 18 inch SM. It's now getting to be late (3am) so I decided to call it a night. All in all a decent night. 9 fish total. I wish I could figure out how to catch more of those busting fish. It just seemed to me that with the amount of fish that were busting I should have been getting more bites. Hopefully I can get back before the topwater bite completely dies. I'm sure it's not gonna last much longer.
You had a good night. The one thing to remember is that those busting fish are chasing hundreds of baitfish along the bank. You are throwing one single bait in there to compete with all that bait, so keep throwing. Just because the fish are not busting on top doesn't mean they are not still there, they are, waiting on an easy meal. There is nothing like a fish blowing up on your bait in the dark.
That's my favorite way to catch them. It can get frustrating when you hear so many busting but are only getting a handful of bites. It was a very good night. Any time you can catch a few and enjoy the lake with little boat traffic is a good trip!
Tossing plugs at busting fish at night is a numbers game, the more times you pull one along the bank during those magic hours the higher your chances are of catchin em. Fishing from a kayak has taught me that my chances of hooking up by fishing 1 stretch of riprap all night is just as good as if I paddle from spot to spot chasing what sounds like more activity. They sre there or they will be just gotta be persistent.
Never had a bad day fishing, had plenty of bad days catching.
Topwater bite is always fun but sometimes if you fish under the surface a couple of feet you might improve your hookup rate. Worth a try. Of course not much beats hearing the splash right before you feel the fish taking off with your lure in its mouth.