Featuring Catch and Release Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Big Pickwick Smallmouths
Here I am with friend Larry Young and a five fish tournament limit of smallmouths that weighed 25.89 lbs., winning the Team Bass Pickwick Lake open tournament on March 21, 1992, out of Pickwick Dam . We caught all the fish on white bucktail jigs. The fish I'm holding in my left hand (far right in the photo) weighed 6# 9oz. and was the biggest smallmouth weighed in the tournament. Larry did a great job netting that fish, as I barely had it hooked in the skin around the eye! He caught our last big smallmouth of the day (culling a smaller spotted bass) on the last cast of the day on a place I had found a couple of weeks earlier that we caught most of our fish from. Larry is one of the best fishermen and nicest guys I know, with a lifetime of experience on Pickwick. He's the one that got me fishing bucktail jigs so many years ago, and I owe him many thanks.
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|Jim Allgeier Ramsey, IN 12/6/97 6# 4oz.||Don Wirth Outdoor Writer Extraordinaire. Nashville, TN||Steve with 7# 8oz.||Dave Schmitt and Rodney Brooks (info on trip lost)||Jim Walker Franklin, TN 11/22/05||Jim Walker Franklin, TN (info on trip lost)|
|Steve with whopper March '01||Mat Lipscomb III and Pat McEvoy 10/10/97||Steve with Keith and Pam Gottfried 10/15/97 Carolina rig/shad||A few years earlier, Steve performing Keith and Pam's wedding ceremony in his boat, anchored in Spring Creek. Two boats of friends witnessing; one of several "on the water weddings" for Steve.||Mike and Linda LaPresi, Tucker, GA 10/11/99||Mike Giles and Roger Fuller Hawkinsville, GA March 21, 2000 Both with fish over 6# Grubs and jigs|
|Jeff Collins Marion, IN 4/19/00||Lou Zaydon Harrisburg, PA 11/17/00 C-O-L-D Day!||Steve with a September giant||Mike Whitten Germantown, TN 3/27/03 Tube||Sherry Whitten Germantown, TN 10/26/01 Shad||Mike Whitten Germantown, TN 10/29/04 Five Best: 27# 9oz.|
|Tim and Mike Graham Collierville, TN 10/23/97||Nathaniel and Tom Fouts Cornelia, GA July 20, 1999||Ray Miller Conway, AR 11/1/01||Rick Russell and Chad Dorning 12/15/05 Tubes and crankbait||Sherry Mike, and Meredith Whitten 10/15/04||Mike and Sherry Whitten Germantown, TN 10/25/02 For some eye-popping details and stories about this day, click here|
|Ray Miller Conway, AR 9/25/03||Rick Hart Bonne Terre, MO 12/3/03||Rodney Brooks (details lost)||Brian Wilson Calhoun, GA March '05 Leadhead jigs||Tom Batchelor Memphis, TN September 10, 1997||Tom Orr Hinsdale, IL 12/20/98 White bucktail jigs|
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