Trophy Smallmouth Bass
July 26, 2005
My cousin Geoff & his son Michael were in from the Toronto area and joined me on Lake St-Francis today. They had caught smallmouth bass before, but nothing like what they were about to experience! We started the day with a S/SW wind of 10 to 15 knots in overcast skies and the air temps were a cool 70 degrees with light humidity. Water temps were hovering around 75 degrees and never really rose throughout the day. We began by casting crankbaits and senkos for the bass and found them to be really inactive for the first hour or so. A couple of smaller fish under 3 pounds were caught before Michael finally landed his first trophy. This fish was in the 5.5 class and a real thrill for him to fight. Geoff followed up right after with a long, skinny post spawner of 3.5 pounds that should have been closer to 5 as well. I knew that the fish were finally coming alive and decided to cover some water. By spending more time in specific areas, we were able to monopolize on the most productive locations and hooked up everywhere we went. It wasn’t long before both of them were catching 3.5 to 4.5 pound bass regularly. Michael even managed to get another monster of 5.5 pounds on a crankbait that really gave him the fight of his life! Late in the afternoon, the rain began to fall and the wind died off making the fishing quite a bit slower. We caught more fish, but had to really work for them once the lake went calm. Close to 25 fish were caught today with the bulk of them being 3.5 to 4.5 pounds. Overall, an excellent day with plenty of memories and pictures for all to remember on this Trophy Smallmouth day!