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A Short Early May, 2012 Float Trip To Catch Smallmouth Bass On The Creek

Updated on May 6, 2012

A good friend of mine and I go fishing pretty much every Friday while it's warm. We usually both do pretty good, and if you have read any of my fishing hubs you might know that we tend to catch some pretty decent fish. This particular trip was special for a few reasons. The first reason is that a my buddy surprised me by showing up with another good friend of ours that we don't see very often these days. Also, on this trip I put a fishing theory to the test that showed some awesome results I will go in to detail about below.

This wasn't the typical all day trip, but we spent 3 or 4 hours on the water and caught some pretty decent fish. Our friend that we don't see very often expressed that he wasn't an experienced in a kayak and really wasn't experienced fishing. So we got him set up and gave him all of the tips we could think.

The first leg of the trip we caught some little fish and started getting in to the groove of things. Our friend caught a few little ones and started getting pretty excited.

A Very Successful Return to Spider Cove

I recently published a hub detailing one of my fishing trips where I spoke briefly about a spot on the creek I refer to as Spider Cove. It's a fairly regular stop for us and the previous week (What I talked about in the other hub) we caught quite a few decent fish in this spot. Naturally, we decided to try our luck again. We were really hoping that our friend would catch some decent fish here, and we were happy when he did.

A Smallmouth Bass Fishing Theory

Anyone that fishes for smallmouth bass in a river or creek should know that unlike largemouth bass, smallmouth bass love the current. When you fish for the more common largemouth you typically looking for slow moving deeper water with lots of debris. Smallmouth like these areas too, but they also love a swift current. I've caught quite a small mouth in a swift current and I've been working to refine my strategy for these types of areas. I've tried different things but here is what I've been able to work out and why I think it works.

If you are fishing with worms and you are facing a semi swift current... make the split shot heavy enough to hit the bottom and sit. Pull the split shot or more inches up from the hook. Put a full long worm on the hook. Run the hook in about 3/4 up the body of the worm and pull it through so the hook is fully covered, but there is another inch or so of worm hanging off the point of the hook. That should leave 4 or more inches dangling off the back of the hook. Obviously, worms aren't all the same size, but the general idea remains the same.

Stand in the water where the deeper part of the current is just a few feet in front of you. Cast straight out in front of you and reel a little to pull in your slack and lock your reel. Now if the conditions are right, and you have your dangling worm appropriately weighted, the current should kind of pull your worm back towards you. You want the worm to come to it's stopping point in the deep part of the current. If everything is done right your split shot should be on or near the bottom and your full worm should be dangling a several inches off the bottom. It is my opinion that the current is making the worm display like a shining beacon for the fish.

Using this tactic I caught the following fish.

My Big Fish

When this fish hit I thought I was hung up on the rocks at the bottom until I felt the strong jerk back. Smallmouth fight very hard and I could tell there was a big one on the line. I pulled back on my rod just to make sure the hook was set. Smallmouth are infamous for throwing the hook so when I have a big one I usually try to make sure the hook is set more than once.

As the big fish showed itself I was very excited. My friend that doesn't fish often was more excited. He was screaming, "Net! Get the Net! Oh my god! Get the Net!"

I'm not sure if he was actually yelling that to anyone in particular, but he sprinted over to my boat, grabbed the net, and came sprinting back to assist. We got the big fish in the net and carried him back to the shore line where I could safely get the hook out without hurting it.

Just under 17 inches!!!!
Just under 17 inches!!!!

A Tumor?

If you can see it in the picture this fish had a strange marble size spot on it's side. I've never seen anything like this before, and the best thing that we could come up with was that it had a tumor.

If anyone else has any ideas or has ever seen anything like this before please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

A tumor?
A tumor?

Before the trip ended we all caught several more decent fish and we all had a blast. My friend that doesn't normally come with us was able to catch several decent fish himself. I was able to refine a good tactic for the current which I put to very good use the following day, but that is for another hub.


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    • Phillbert profile imageAUTHOR

      Phillip Drayer Duncan 

      6 years ago from The Ozarks

      Well I just learned online that if that fish was another inch or I had measured properly (Which might have got the necessary length), it would have been big enough to get me in to the Missouri Conservation Department's Master Anglers. Ah well I guess I'll just have to go out and get another one!

    • Phillbert profile imageAUTHOR

      Phillip Drayer Duncan 

      6 years ago from The Ozarks

      It certainly makes you wonder!

    • Daffy Duck profile image

      Daffy Duck 

      6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      Preperation H? LOL! I wonder how people come up with these things. 2 things that have nothing to do with fishing. Bizarre.

    • Phillbert profile imageAUTHOR

      Phillip Drayer Duncan 

      6 years ago from The Ozarks

      Well I'll make sure to keep the fishing hubs rolling out for ya Daffy! I'm glad you enjoy them! Hopefully you can find the time to go yourself and I can read your hub about it! I actually just got off the water a few hours ago. No 17inchers today, but I did snag a 14, 13, and another big one I couldn't measure from inside the kayak.

      I've never used WD40 myself but I have heard of people doing that. Another one I heard of recently that was really shocking is I guess a lot of people cover their catfish bait in preparation H and have great results.

    • Daffy Duck profile image

      Daffy Duck 

      6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      A 17 inch fish. Nice! I envy your fridays. I never get to go out anymore. I haven't for about 20 years. That's why I enjoy your hubs. I can just hear the rippling of water and smell the fresh natural air. Hearing the fish splash when they get hooked. You're so lucky!

      I don't know if it's ever worked for you, but when my dad goes fishing for salmon he sprays a little WD40 on the hook. He's had a lot of success with that. Have you ever heard of that before?


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