The high point of my Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open adventure at Smith Lake happened Friday. As I stood in line at the holding tanks to weigh my bass, three gorgeous females approached me with smiling faces and introduced themselves.
I had met all three of them online, and we exchange emails regularly. This was our first face-to-face encounter.
The triad of lovelies included Jennifer Dome, assistant editor at Bassmaster Magazine, Tyler Reed, social media editor for B.A.S.S., and Helen Northcutt, editorial assistant for B.A.S.S. Publications.
They are Bassmaster’s Angels. They fix errors in my articles, let me know when checks are coming and do their best to keep me from screwing up. And they do it all with good humor.
Unfortunately, even Bassmaster’s Angels couldn’t improve my catch. My bag held one largemouth and one spot, the only two bass I brought to the scales during the Smith Lake Open.
As tough as the bite was for me, I enjoyed the fishing. Smith is a beautiful, clear mountain lake that supports largemouth and spotted bass. The spots are abundant, and there was a good bit of surface feeding activity happening.
I competed as a co-angler and learned a great deal about Smith from the two anglers I drew that were fishing the pro side.
My first day partner, Georgia’s Marty Brown, didn’t stray far from the official launch site near the dam. We fished mainly red clay points.