First it was the snow, now it's the rain. It's been pouring here in Tennessee for three or four weeks, and, from what I see on TV, the rest of the country isn't any better off. But, that doesn't mean we can't catch 'em.
As far as I'm concerned, this is your best chance to catch the biggest smallmouth of your life. But before we talk about that, I want to say something about safety.
I'm back home. The weather has been real tough around most of the country. I mentioned that a couple of weeks ago, and it's gotten worse. It's really messed up the smallmouth fishing.
I'll tell you that it never gets too nasty to go fishing, but it has come darn close this past week. The weather has been miserable.
It's early January, and the fish are acting a little strange. OK, maybe not strange as much as different from most other years
For the last couple of weeks most of our country has been gripped by a nasty cold spell. That creates different conditions depending upon where you are. Some areas have been dry during this period but a lot of others have had a lot of rain and snow.
Finally, it's starting to rain. We're supposed to get more in the next two weeks, and it looks like most of the country will be covered over. That's really good news.
This time of year can be a smallmouth fishing dream come true — if you know what you're doing, that is.
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.