Farther downriver we come upon Hank Cherry just as he idles near the point of an island. He drops his trolling motor and immediately sets the hook and misses. Moments later he hooks one. Into his live-well it goes. "I've got four," Cherry says. "One is a good one." Cherry moves closer to the island and starts casting what appears to be a jerkbait. He lands a 3-pounder and now has five in the box.
Greg Hackney found the rain... and a nice smallmouth. Photos by Pierre Lafrance, Bassmaster Marshal.
Yesterday Chris Lane's bite picked up in the afternoon and he said he's having a slow morning today again. "I hope the fog burns off and the bite picks up," he said. He is fishing a jerkbait and a dropshot. Hes fishing 6-pound line on the dropshot and...wait, he just hooked and landed his limit fish. He's now retying. With 6 pound line he is re-rigging after every fish. "It doesn't take that long," he said.
Remitz number 5 is a good one. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Frank Giner.
Our boat driver Scott Silver told us smallmouth in the St. Lawrence have gotten much bigger in the past 10 years. "Used to be a 4 pound smallie was big. Now a 6 pounder is big," he said. "And we occasionally catch a 7 pounder." Why is that I asked. Well, freighters dumping their ballast in the St.
A 2 3/4 lb small mouth in well for Cliff Prince D Garber, Bassmaster Marshal.
J. Todd Tucker stayed close to the ramp yesterday but is downstream today because he feels he has a better shot at 20 pounds here. He has four fish, a 3, a 2 and "two good ones." He's catching all his fish in 20-25 feet.