This week we need to talk about the fall turnover. In some parts of the country, we might be talking about it a little late, but, in other parts, it's not happened yet
The last time we talked about finding open water schools of baitfish because the smallmouth — the big ones anyway — hang out under them. This week we'll talk about how to catch those big ones.
The weather's been so dry lately; it's like a desert where I live. If you're having the same problem, you know what I'm talking about, and you need to know that dry weather affects the fall forage movement.
Let's talk about rods. Smallmouths aren't largemouths. You catch them different, and they fight different. That's why you need a different rod.
This is the time of the year when you can combine numbers with size. But, like every kind of fishing, you have to know what you're doing.
River smallmouths don't always follow creek channels or other underwater structure. Most of the time, when you think they're following that stuff, what they're really doing is following the baitfish.
Small streams and creeks don't usually have the biggest bass, but they're a lot of fun to catch. They fight like the devil. It's how I got hooked on smallies as a kid, and it's still one of my favorite ways to spend a fall afternoon.
I have a new tactic for you — one I'm pretty sure you've never used and maybe even one you've never thought of. It starts with a big spinnerbait, which most smallmouth anglers don't consider for their summertime fishing.
Last week I covered a bunch of reasons why you should target smallmouth after dark. This time, I want to give you a few of my favorite tips for making the most of your night-fishing experience.
Are you a night fisherman? If you're not, you're missing out on the very best smallmouth fishing of the summer.