across the Canadian border to the Richelieu River in Quebec, Lake Champlain is an impressive body of water famous for its exceptional smallmouth
bass fishing, and Wednesday it proved that its world- class reputation is well deserved by shattering the Wal-Mart FLW Tour's single-day catch, weight and limits records.
And they were prophetic when I landed my first-ever smallmouth
bass - a bronze 2-pound beauty that somersaulted through the air and didn't know when to stop fighting, even when I lipped it into the boat for release.
The passage of four years hasn't changed anything--we stand on the rock ledge with light rods throbbing violently as 12-to 15-inch smallmouths
soar skyward, their tails a butterfly blur in the morning sun.
If you're fishing to pick a fight, hook a smallmouth
bass and you've got a big one on your hands.
Our state record smallmouth
is 8 pounds, 2 ounces; largemouth is 15-8.
I decided yesterday to fish for smallmouths
and go for the win," Hawkes said.
of Moorpark finished second with five smallmouths
A trip to the Deerfield River Wednesday turned out to be much, much more than just a smallmouth
bass fishing expedition thanks to the knowledge and experience of my guide, Dan Harrison of Harrison Anglers.
Despite the tough conditions, dozens of smallmouths
weighing between 4 and 5 pounds were caught.
Howell, who already has one Wal-Mart FLW Tour victory to his credit, caught a combination of largemouths, smallmouths
and spotted bass to claim the top qualifying spot.
It is a beautiful place to fish, nearly round but for one productive point - with a spawning flat and deep drop-offs - that draws smallmouths
like a magnet.
He did note that he caught the largest smallmouths
of his life in practice, which is impressive, considering Moynagh lives near the best smallmouth
lakes in the country.
are taking crawfish and plastics in about 15 feet of water.
Pickwick Lake is famous for its trophy-class smallmouths
, which may give anglers phenomenal fishing one day and nary a bite the next.
I landed about two dozen smallmouths
, most between two and three pounds, although a couple broke the three-pound mark.