Educational Smallmouth Fishing
October 14, 2006
Jonathan & Marc were to accompany me to the lower St-Lawrence River for a day of smallie fishing that they would not soon forget. Both of them were anxious to learn some of the fall patterns that have allowed me to consistently produce both large numbers as well as huge fall smallies, on a regular basis. The day actually began better than it was to be as sunshine and light winds were what we were faced with as we began the day. Air temps were in the low 50’s and water temps were in the mid to upper 50’s in most of the areas that we were to fish today. The biggest problem was to be finding water clean enough to be able to fish effectively! Most of the areas were absolutely filthy, making a presentation almost impossible. There were even a few bass that were actually foul hooked due to the lack of visibility! I knew they were there, but the fish had a hard time seeing our baits. On our first spot, it took a while before the first bass was caught as Marc landed one over 3 pounds on a tube jig. Jonathan wasn’t far behind as he soon had another bass slightly larger of his own, on the line. Unfortunately, Marc was a little slow with the net and the fish threw the hook at the boat. No big deal as there was another of equal size just a few casts later. There was a very small area off of a current break that had a bunch of fish stacked up and as long as their casts drifted through the area, they hooked up. I held the boat in the current for them until some other boat decided that they were going to anchor directly in our path, making casting absolutely impossible. Jonathan even managed to catch their anchor rope on one of his drifts and I decided to just relocate. It’s too bad that some people are just so inconsiderate to have to park in an area that someone else is fishing. Oh well, it takes all kinds! Having this done to me is almost a daily basis I told them and we just moved on to another location. They drifted mostly tubes in 15 to 25 feet of water and locked up on plenty of smallies, but the best they could land was a few in the 3.5 to 4 pound range through the day. As usual, most of the fish were lost before landed, but they still managed to get into about 50 bass throughout the day. The weather took a turn for the worse in the afternoon as the winds kicked up from the S at 15 to 20 knots when it began to rain. They still managed to land and lose fish on a regular basis, but the drop in air temperature made it hard to feel anything. As usual, lots of jigs were lost, but as I have sad before, ” if you’re not on the bottom, you’re not in the strike zone.” We stuck it out for as long as they could stand before we decided to call it a day. Overall, a good day and a very educational one as well! They even managed to take a couple of nice walleye home for dinner as an added bonus! Superstitious or not!