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WbranchOctober 25th, 2013, 2:36 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Here are a couple of Susquehanna River smallmouth caught from early October to mid November. Yep, all were caught when I went over to the Dark side with my spinning rod.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Al514October 25th, 2013, 7:50 am
Central New York

Posts: 142
That bottom Smallmouth looks like it would put a good bend in any rod.

That first picture confuses me! It looks like the "clone stamp" tool was used in various spots. It also looks like it might be a still from a video?

Regardless, nice fish.
Feathers5October 25th, 2013, 9:53 am
Posts: 287Nice fish, Matt. You look younger without a hat. Not better looking, mind you, just younger.
WbranchOctober 25th, 2013, 12:37 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
AI514 wrote;

"That first picture confuses me! It looks like the "clone stamp" tool was used in various spots. It also looks like it might be a still from a video?"

I'm not sure what a "clone stamp" is but I will admit to using a fuzzy tool to obilterate the background so people can't figure out where the fish was caught. I don't mind sharing some of my success stories with others. And I provide data relative to when and how but I just don't want to see twenty boats set-up all around the waters I fish. It isn't a still from a video.

All those smallies from 17" up just fight like crazy! they might not run like big trout or steelhead but those 19" - 21" smallies easliy fight harder than the 5# - 7# steel I'm catching in the Lake Erie creeks. They just tug and sound, and run some line and just never want to give up. Of course much of their fighting stamina comes from the flow of that riffle. I'm sure if I was able to catch a 5# steelhead in that same water it would spool me in a few seconds and if I couldn't follow it would break my tippet.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PaulRobertsOctober 25th, 2013, 8:31 pm

Posts: 1776
So true about the fighting qualities of SM. And while the current can help, lake fish are strong too -like hyperactive LM. They hunt a bit diff than LM too, related to their body style and energetics.

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