Brown caught one bass on a Sebile Swimmer right off, reeling it at a medium retrieve over deep water near one of the few steep, rocky banks we fished that day. He caught three more bass on a drop shot worm at depths to 25 feet.
Brown’s final bass came on a Heddon Super at 10:30 a.m. He was sluicing the big dog-walking stickbait slowly back and forth on flat water when the bass nailed it. That was our last fish of the day.
His five bass limit weighed a little over 6 pounds. Brown caught another small limit the next day for a total of 11 1/2 pounds. He said at least 15 spotted bass followed his Sebile Swimmer to the boat on Day Two, but only a few nabbed it.
We were fishing under cloudless, bluebird skies after several days of rainy weather, which made the bass less inclined to attack.
Mark Powell, my Day Two partner, lives 20 miles from Smith Lake and fishes it often. He had long dreamed of competing in a professional Bassmaster tournament and couldn’t resist the opportunity to do so on his home water.