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Smallmouth

Mar Wed 16, 2016 5:55 pm

I've been fortunate enough to fish Pickwick lake in Alabama four times. Pickwick lake is part of the Tennessee River and it's well known for big smallmouth bass. Three of my fishing trips were guided by Steve Hacker.

My last trip to Pickwick was about 6 years ago. For this trip, I asked Steve to put me on a multispecies catch. He didn't let me down.

After catching a large drum and a big channel cat, we moved on to striper territory. I caught a couple stripers and even landed a fairly rare for that area, hybrid striped bass. It was now time for yellow and white bass. It seems like everything in Pickwick just runs big! After I caught a good-sized largemouth bass, it was time to fish for smallies.

I only landed two smallies as it was nearing the end of my guided trip. Steve weighed the larger of the two fish at 6lb 4oz.

After we released the fish, I remarked that I hadn't measured it. From what I understand, it's fairly rare to measure smallmouth in Pickwick Lake. I told Steve that if anyone asked me how long the bass was, I would simply say '6lb 4oz'!
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Mar Wed 16, 2016 6:08 pm

Very nice SM. I didn't know they resided that far south.

DonR wrote:After we released the fish, I remarked that I hadn't measured it. From what I understand, it's fairly rare to measure smallmouth in Pickwick Lake. I told Steve that if anyone asked me how long the bass was...


How long??

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Mar Wed 16, 2016 6:38 pm

Nice fish. My biggest smallmouth was measured but not weighed. Mine came in at 23 inches caught on North Bay,part of Basswood Lake in Canada.
~JOE~

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Mar Wed 16, 2016 7:18 pm

Nice video, Ron. I saw Kansas with Styx at the Tweeter or was it the World Music Center...whatever that place was called.

That is a huge bass, Joe! I've been to the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park several times. My biggest measured smallie from the BWCAW was 21.5". At lot of great memories from up there. I began fishing Door County several years ago. So many 19"-21" smallies that I've lost count. Got my second heaviest bass at 5lb 12oz there.

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Mar Wed 16, 2016 8:51 pm

Don your fish has to be 23 or more. Quetico is a phenomenal smallmouth bass fishery. I have gone there every year since 83. My wife caught a 25 inch bass there. It didn't even phase her. When I landed it for her she said " is that a big one?"

If you ever get up to North Bay let me know. I know some big fish spots there.
~JOE~

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Mar Wed 16, 2016 9:43 pm

DonR wrote:Nice video, Ron. I saw Kansas with Styx at the Tweeter or was it the World Music Center...whatever that place was called.


I was there. That was 1996. Where did 20 years go?? factoid: That Styx reunion tour with Kansas was one of the highest grossing tours of that year.

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Mar Thu 17, 2016 6:32 am

A fish to be proud of for sure. What a beast!

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Mar Thu 17, 2016 7:19 am

I'm soooo jealous
What'd you catch him on?
How was the fight?

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Mar Thu 17, 2016 8:57 am

Wow- monster! Looks bigger than 6.4. I can see myself fishing down there when I retire.

Gotta love smallies!!

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Mar Thu 17, 2016 11:16 am

Thanks Joe...I'll definitely hit you up for info if I ever make it back up there!

Ron...20 years..ugh..just hope the next 20 go by a bit slower!

Thanks for the kind words.
Caught it on a generic swim jig with a generic tail.
The fight was good, but not nearly as good as many smaller fish I've landed.

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Mar Thu 17, 2016 12:28 pm

Image

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Mar Fri 18, 2016 7:19 am

Wow! Amazing fish! I bet that thing put up a helluva fight.

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Mar Thu 24, 2016 2:58 pm

Decent fight but caught it fairly close to the boat. Here are a few other memorable smallies I've had the pleasure to catch and release.
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Mar Thu 24, 2016 3:18 pm

Nice smallies! Love those fish. My favorite freshwater fish to catch. My PB, was from July of 2009. This was in Illinois, as well. Never weighed. And between 22-24 inches. Had to push 6lbs, or possibly break it. No scale, and no tape with us. I keep a tailor's flex tape in my vest ever since this day. Got a measurement along the rod, though, and is somewhere in that range. Released back to be caught another day. :thumbup:

Edit: Had put a pic, but nah, not gonna hijack your thread. Nice fish, though! :D

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Mar Thu 24, 2016 3:36 pm

SmalliesNEyes wrote:Nice smallies! Love those fish. My favorite freshwater fish to catch. My PB, was from July of 2009. This was in Illinois, as well. Never weighed. And between 22-24 inches. Had to push 6lbs, or possibly break it. No scale, and no tape with us. I keep a tailor's flex tape in my vest ever since this day. Got a measurement along the rod, though, and is somewhere in that range. Released back to be caught another day. :thumbup:

Edit: Had put a pic, but nah, not gonna hijack your thread. Nice fish, though! :D


Thanks! Very cool of you to not want to hijack...but now I really want to see the fish you caught!

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Mar Thu 24, 2016 3:45 pm

DonR wrote:
SmalliesNEyes wrote:Nice smallies! Love those fish. My favorite freshwater fish to catch. My PB, was from July of 2009. This was in Illinois, as well. Never weighed. And between 22-24 inches. Had to push 6lbs, or possibly break it. No scale, and no tape with us. I keep a tailor's flex tape in my vest ever since this day. Got a measurement along the rod, though, and is somewhere in that range. Released back to be caught another day. :thumbup:

Edit: Had put a pic, but nah, not gonna hijack your thread. Nice fish, though! :D


Thanks! Very cool of you to not want to hijack...but now I really want to see the fish you caught!


It's up in the Hall of Fame now. :thumbup:

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Mar Thu 24, 2016 6:14 pm

Then there was my best for sizes, river wade trip. There have been days wading the bays of Door County which have produced better numbers and sizes. Times when there are so many fish in the 18 to 20+ inch range that we don't even pause to take photos. Not taking anything away from those awesome times, but I really prefer wading rivers and catching river smallies!!!

Several years ago I went wade fishing the Wisconsin River. Saturday saw decent numbers and a 19.5" smallie to hand. Sunday we changed locations and I was lucky enough to land smallies of 17.5, 18, 18.5, 19, 20 and 20.5"! I also caught good numbers in the 15 to 17 inch range that day.
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Mar Thu 24, 2016 7:32 pm

Brute bronzebacks Don! That's a hell of a day.

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Mar Thu 24, 2016 8:40 pm

I love footballs. Looks like you do too!
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