2009 saw a 3" fluke bite to draw some action, a 5" fluke, so deadly in 2007 became hard to get bit on. Was this because the standard smallmouth meal has shrunk in size?
So, I saw the 1/8th oz panfish chatterbait in Wallyworld, thinking I might downsize from the large 3/8 oz chatterbaits that I make myself...
Hit a rocky choke pool just above an obvious winter hole....
This fish was close to shore in an eddy. I actually saw the boil and strike on the 1/8th oz white chatterbait.
We took a break and within a few casts, another 18"+ SMB came out of the center of the stream:
Used the white bait to drop over boulders slow retrieve, sometimes ripping and some times allowing to drop.
Mike and I had some excitement when he hit a ridiculous 15"er:
Then I hooked a 17.5" fighter dragging a tube along a seam, it was followed by a couple of suckers and a larger black smallmouth that contemplated, it's mate's fate before darting off.
Still, numbers were not there, but I can't complain about the catch as these bass fought hard in the swift current.
BT 9 (18.25", 18", 17.5")
MC 4 (15")
In about 4:30 hours.