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WbranchNovember 14th, 2020, 9:08 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
I went out yesterday as the weather was forecast to be 60 degrees by 3:00. I went out on Tuesday but it was so windy I had to leave after about two hours. I need to get a stern anchor in addition to the bow anchor to keep the bow being blown up river or just spinning on the tether.

I boated seven beasts in four hours plus a big Channel catfish of 23"/24". All the bass were 18" - 21.5". In my way of thinking a 21.5" smallmouth is as rare as a 25" wild trout. They were all very strong and fought very hard, running line on a tight drag.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
TroutnutNovember 14th, 2020, 10:31 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2689
I saw those on Facebook. Awesome bass! What techniques are you using to chase big smallies at this time of year?
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
WbranchNovember 14th, 2020, 11:31 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
Hi Jason,

It is another of my secrets that I will be taking to my grave with me. I used to be so paranoid someone would figure out where I was that I would fudge the entire background with an editing tool. Now I figure they might kind of figure out what bridge it is but it is a piece of water about an acre in diameter and if you don't know the lay of the bottom and where the ledges and holes are they will just be wasting time. I will PM you.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PartsmanNovember 14th, 2020, 12:38 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 342
Awesome Matt! I have not spent much time on smallmouths here in Michigan lately, I hope to remedy that next summer.
MartinlfNovember 16th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3078
Nice work, Matt.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchNovember 16th, 2020, 5:06 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
It was great to be out - I've never had the boat out after late October. Friday was forecast to warm up by 2:00 so I went out at noon. Quite windy at first but still hooking up. Seven really big bass in just four hours is pretty amazing. In my mind a 21.5" smallmouth is akin to catching a 25" trout. It is very rare.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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