Featuring Catch and Release Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Big Pickwick Smallmouths
Here's Tom Smith (Jeff's Dad) with some of the fish we caught in a tournament way back in September 1989. We had drawn as partners, but were actually fishing against each other. We got to the first fishing hole and Tom said, "Here, put some of this on your jig," and held out a can of WD-40. I said, "Nice try!", thinking he was trying to get me to put something on that would repel the fish (I should have known better, knowing Tom). Turns out that it became common for guys to use WD-40 as a fish attractant in following years. I ended up winning the tournament with fish I caught on a white bucktail, but have to admit that Tom should have won it easily, losing several big fish that day hooked on a black bucktail--doused with WD-40!
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|C.P. Gum, B.G, KY 10/30/00 6# 6oz.||AaronWaller Tullahoma, TN Bumble Bee Boats||Al Weinblatt June '96 Buffalo Grove, IL 6# 11(?)oz. Black Bucktail||Bill Balsi, Jr. Reno, NV 4/3/2000 Tubes||Blake Brindle, Calhoun, GA 3/23/02 1 oz. Spinnerbait||Bob Grube, St. Louis 6# 5oz. 11/1/05|
|Dave Venable Greenwood, IN Crankbait||David Wood and Robert Haston Shelbyville, TN 11/18/02||Dave Mansell/Roger Fuller 5/26/98||Fred Wiseman/Bob Grube 10/25/01||Fred Wiseman/Bob Grube 11/1/05||Jim Bruce/Tom Fouts Cornelia, GA 5/19/98|
|Frank Mann B'Ham, AL 11/16/2000 Big Fish: 7# 2oz. Five Best: 28# 10oz.||Blake Brindle, Calhoun, GA 3/6/03||Brad White Marion, IN 4/17/98||Chris Armstrong, Senatobia, MS 10/29/04 6#8oz. Five Best: 27# 9oz.||Dave Dvorak Westchester, IL 11/19/97 Grub||David Tidrick
|Kevin Moore, Reno,NV 2/12/02 Tubes||Kevin Moore, Reno,NV 2/13/02 Tubes (Day after picture at left)||Caleb/Larry Tipton Romulus, MI July 9, 2001||Trey and Larry Nolan Memphis, TN May '94 All 4 fish over 6#||Lisa and Lou Zaydon Harrisburg, PA March 24, 2000||Marlin Skillern/Mike Childress. Bowling Green, KY 10/18/01 All these fish were caught off one hole, and released back to the same hole immediately after picture was made.|
|Dick "Keep 'em Kirbed" Bengraff . Castleton, NY March'97 5 best approx. 25# Grubs and bucktails||Don Jones, Nashville, TN 11/24/97||Steve with smallmouth over 6# caught on Zara Spook on May 26, 1998||Don Wirth Outdoor Writer Extraordinaire. Nashville, TN 10/30/97||Don Perry B'Ham, AL 3/18/98 6# 6oz. White Bucktail||Jeff Long South Bend, IN 5# 2oz. and 6#4oz. Shad Rap|
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