Got out with Jim A. today. Water was up and clearing slightly, visibilty to 12" maybe 14" by the end of the day. Aimed for a couple pools that produce few fish, but big smallies when they do produce.
We worked close to shore with the river up. I had one fish take a tube and rush out into current. Came up empty.
We crossed to the front of one pool to work an eddy I tried a Rick Clunn LC Crank 1.5 in Chartreuse Shad. Slow and deliberate retrieve. On one cast, I was was shocked to see a large smallie follow it nearly to my feet. It looked 17-18". On the next throw, a fish was just there and quickly came up to surface. I got him in quick before she had a chance to get going. I knew when the head poked up it was big. Hair short of 21". Tail wear or she would have made it. Jim took some shots. This was the best one(Click for biggie size):
We went on to fish other areas, the smallmouth weren't having it. We got a ride on the walk back by a nice guy (Ron) with a nice looking wimeraner.
Just one fish for both of us in 4+ hours. It was a great day to be out with warm air and nice breeze.