Dog walking stickbaits were Powell’s primary weapons. Strike King’s KVD Sexy Dawg and the smaller Sexy Dawg Jr. are his workhorses at Smith.
“You can cast those baits a mile,” he said. And he did.
The surface feeding activity on Friday morning wasn’t as strong as it had been Thursday morning, Powell claimed. He caught one small keeper on a Sexy Dawg early. Then we struggled to get more bites.
The surface bite picked up around midday, when a breeze chopped the water. Powell put three more bass in his livewell after switching to a large stickbait that had a feathered tail hook. He walked the bait slowly.
I caught my spotted bass under a dock on a drop shot rig. My largemouth went for a Strike King Caffeine Shad in open water. Even though Powell was casting over expansive points, it was hard to get a bite on a topwater lure fishing behind him.
The water was so clear that the first cast with a surface bait would get the bite. Whenever I netted one of Powell’s fish, I could see other bass that had followed it in. However, once they had seen the boat, we couldn’t muster another strike and had to move.