A Large Smallmouth Day

I had a fantastic fall day out with Joe Ford of Joe Ford Fishing when he jumped at a last-minute opportunity to get together for a day of Bass fishing. I was looking for a great late-season Largemouth day as I love late season Largies.

Getting down to the dirty, we did pretty well on Largemouth up to 3 1/2 pounds but no real kickers, however, it was the day of the big Smallies that made this a special one.

We were torquing both species pretty well (along with a couple of Walleye and Muskie) and I wanted to go hit a weed bed that has produced well for me in the past. I said to Joe “bear with me for a bit bud, I want to ‘scope the flat moving into the weed bed just to see if anything might catch my eye”.

While moving towards the shallower water with my trolling motor, I turned on the LiveScope feature of my bow Garmin. Nothing showed at first but then as I Scoped left, I saw what looked like a big bass. Then I saw a couple of smaller fish. THEN I saw a nice ball of baitfish really close to the bigger fish. I tossed out a dark green craw bait with an un-pegged 3/8 oz tungsten, 3/0 extra-wide gap offset hook on 15lb Fluorocarbon and thud. A giant Smallie jumps for the skies.

Pete’s craw/creature recommendations: Sweet Beaver 4.2 Yamamoto Psycho Dad or Craw Strike King Rage Bug

Joe and I freaked out!

Another cast and there’s just weight on my craw (very few weeds on the flat)… mega-hookset and a bigger Smallie yet again jumps. This one was at least 24” long and for sure pushing 6lb!

This time Joe and I were laughing and high 5-ing like two kids!

Long story short, we soon learned that our intended Largemouth day turned into a Stellar Smallie day. For sure 23lbs for our best 5 and it was probably closer to 25lbs

All of my fish came on the craw, all of Joe’s came on a black/black jig & trailer. Slow tactics with brutal hard hooksets!

Moral of the story: I would have never caught those “flats” fish if I didn’t experiment with my electronics. They can and will help you throughout your fishing season no matter what species you’re after. You just need to play around with the many features these “beauties” offer.

It’s fun and effective!

 

 

Pete

One Reply to “A Large Smallmouth Day”

  1. There you go loopty-loo! There you go loopty-lie?! All on a fall day out…..with Joe Ford!

    I know that is not quite how it goes Pete, but there is definitely something amiss here. Teasing the mass of anglers reading about your latest expedition into the “unknown”, has probably got a lot of them scratching their heads, me included.

    Everything as you say, was looming large. “Getting down to the dirty, we did pretty well on Large mouth up to 3 1/2 pounds but no real kickers, however, it was the day of the big Smallies that made this a special one.You were torquing both species pretty well (along with a couple of Walleye and Muskie).

    The excitement then hit a fever pitch. “You tossed out a dark green craw bait with an un-pegged 3/8 oz tungsten, 3/0 extra-wide gap offset hook on 15lb Fluorocarbon and thud. A giant Smallie jumps for the skies.”

    This is getting intense here Pete! “Another cast and there’s just weight on my craw (very few weeds on the flat)… mega-hookset and a bigger Smallie yet again jumps. This one was at least 24” long and for sure pushing 6lb!

    Moral of the story: Pete would have never caught those “flats” fish if he didn’t experiment with his electronics. They can and will help you throughout your fishing season no matter what species you’re after.

    NOW HOLD ON A DARN MINUTE !!

    All this covert action may make for good copy but things are a little, how should I say, “Bass-ackwards! The real moral of the story should read, “Never forget to tell your loyal audience members where the heck you are fishing!” Where you is there Pete?

    Wait! What? Is this one of those perceived times as Kevin Callan stated in a previous article. “Placing information on the web is just asking for the masses of people to congregate there. Go to the library and read historic journal entries of past explorers, old travel-log books, periodicals, tourism brochures, government travel route pamphlets… Why? Because no one goes to the library and actually reads through this long forgotten stuff anymore; they’re sitting at home waiting for you to put it up on some website for everyone to see.”

    This maybe true in this instance, but Pete’s honey hole still remains a secret. Where is this bounty we all ask? Well let me put it this way. To be perfectly candid, we as anglers are better at stealing other people’s secrets than anyone else in the world. But we self-limit. We steal secrets to keep our secrets free and safe.

    So, let’s all go steal Pete’s secret but don’t let him know when you find it.

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