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#3307200 - 07/31/13 12:21 AM Can any one help me get on some small mouth
goose17
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This is the only fish I have not caught in on rod and reel that it seems everyone else has. Any tips or even a trip on the water would be great. Kinda of frustrating lol
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#3307536 - 07/31/13 10:40 AM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: goose17]
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Shiners or shad down deep? Smallies in the summer can be tough. Early morning bite can be good off rocky banks and points that drop quickly into deeper water.
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#3307598 - 07/31/13 11:32 AM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: Unicam]
Football Hunter
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 Originally Posted By: Unicam
Shiners or shad down deep? Smallies in the summer can be tough. Early morning bite can be good off rocky banks and points that drop quickly into deeper water.
Summer is tuff,first light top water may work,main lake points,18 -25 foot deep,small craw or jig.
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#3307654 - 07/31/13 12:44 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: Football Hunter]
mossyhorns300
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
 Originally Posted By: Unicam
Shiners or shad down deep? Smallies in the summer can be tough. Early morning bite can be good off rocky banks and points that drop quickly into deeper water.
Summer is tuff,first light top water may work,main lake points,18 -25 foot deep,small craw or jig.


Ditto what Football Hunter said. That's been my experience on Pickwick also. This time of year, I seem to catch more smallmouth at night on Pickwick along bluff walls, rocky points, and lighted docks. Had a night tourney the weekend before last on Pickwick and got on one point that was loaded with 16-17 inch smallmouth. Caught them all on a football jig dragging the bottom. The weigh in for every one was about 50/50 smallmouth to largemouth.
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#3307720 - 07/31/13 01:41 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: mossyhorns300]
catman529
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Summer is not tough at all if you are in a creek... bring a cast net, catch shiners and stonerollers in the riffles, carry them in a minnow bucket and toss live minnows (free line, hooked through nose) into eddies, pockets, pools, and areas where fast current from riffles dumps into deep pockets. Let those minnows swim around and the smallmouth will annihilate them.
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#3307764 - 07/31/13 02:19 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: catman529]
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Catman is right on the money here. Creek smallie fishing is a blast. It used to be all I did for several years. Live bait always works best but soft plastics work well also. Charlie Brewer slider rigs and anything soft resembling a crawfish.
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#3307824 - 07/31/13 03:14 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: Dbllunger]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Dbllunger
Catman is right on the money here. Creek smallie fishing is a blast. It used to be all I did for several years. Live bait always works best but soft plastics work well also. Charlie Brewer slider rigs and anything soft resembling a crawfish.
oh, and zoom lizards.
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#3307855 - 07/31/13 03:43 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: catman529]
rukiddin?
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Summer is not tough at all if you are in a creek... bring a cast net, catch shiners and stonerollers in the riffles, carry them in a minnow bucket and toss live minnows (free line, hooked through nose) into eddies, pockets, pools, and areas where fast current from riffles dumps into deep pockets. Let those minnows swim around and the smallmouth will annihilate them.


^^^^THIS^^^^^Probably the easiest, most fun fishing you will do and very effective!!!
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#3307857 - 07/31/13 03:44 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: rukiddin?]
Diehard Hunter
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Come to knoxville and see me this fall. I will put you on some small mouths.
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#3308376 - 07/31/13 10:42 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: Diehard Hunter]
goose17
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Okay I know of a Creek that would hold smallies but it has limited bank access. Diehard, I would love to come to East TN and fish, its my favorite part of the state
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#3308825 - 08/01/13 12:11 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: goose17]
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Football Hunter is the smallmouth guru
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#3308898 - 08/01/13 01:26 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: goose17]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: goose17
Okay I know of a Creek that would hold smallies but it has limited bank access. Diehard, I would love to come to East TN and fish, its my favorite part of the state
don't fish from the bank, start at one spot and wade upstream as far as you want/can go. If you don't have waders, do what I do, wear swim trunks or quick drying shorts and pack your phone, keys wallet in waterproof bag or box and pack your gear in a backpack and carry 1 fishing rod. If you use live bait, you can put the cast net in your pack and tie the minnow bucket to a rope tied to your back pack. Use the type of minnow bucket that you hang over the side of a boat to let water flow through the holes. Pick up and carry the bucket over riffles and gravel bars, but let it drag through the water where it's deep enough, to keep the minnows alive.
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#3309150 - 08/01/13 07:04 PM Re: Can any one help me get on some small mouth [Re: goose17]
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I catch em ever now and then on the Little Pigeon River in East TN, sometimes you can burn em up. Here's a pic of my buddy holdn an average size one.

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