Featuring Catch and Release Fishing for Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Big Pickwick Smallmouths
This picture below is the one fish on the entire website that was not caught by me or a client fishing with me--but I just HAD to put it on here! It is of friend Jeff Smith with an absolutely monstrous 9 lb. 5 oz. smallmouth that he caught on a white bucktail jig on Pickwick in a local club tournament in February of 1987.
I can't believe how many pictures I could NOT find when compiling these galleries, like of the trip with George Pollack from Wooddale, IL. We boated 35 smallmouths on an absolutely miserable weather day late one fall. We weighed 20 of the fish and wrote the weights down as we released the fish, then added it up: 20 smallmouths, 93 lbs. 15 oz.--and I can't find any pictures of that trip, and many others!
Many clients have been fishing with me for 15 years or more, and some of those people 3 or 4 trips per year, and some trips up to 5 days long, so you'll see some of the same faces several times in here. The captions will let you know when the picture was taken and that it's not just the same fish over and over :^).
When I have the specific details on a trip (weight of fish, baits used, etc), they are included in the captions underneath the pictures. The Jaz drive on my desktop computer died (pretty common, as I hear it), so I lost access to a lot of the information, but still had the images on the camera disks. And I was able to scavenge quite a bit of information from old newsletters and notes in my appointment books.
To view the pictures below, click on the thumbnails (NOT the text description underneath) to view the full-sized picture.
|Billy Brindle, 3/22/02 Calhoun, GA. 6# 5oz. 1 oz. Spinnerbait||Scott Bradford, 4/10/00 Marion, IN. 7# 6oz. Tube||Brad Barker 4/3/2000 Haines, OR. 6# 8oz. Tube||Joe Muhler, March16 Ft.Wayne, IN 6#6oz. White Bucktail, 4# line||Mike Eifrid, 3/28/2000 Plymouth, IN. 6# 1oz Tube||Marlin Skillern, 12/21/00 B.G., KY. 6-6, 5-10 Cocahoe Minnow Jig|
|Dave Mansell and Randy Wiek 4/13/00 5Best:28#6oz. Yamamoto Hula Grub on 1/2oz. leadhead||Dave Rahrer/Scott Bradford Marion, IN. Same day as pic above. Big fish: 7# 6oz. Tubes and Spinnerbaits||Steve, Jim Walker, Tom Orr, 12/20/93 6-13, 5-14, 5-4, 7-9, 5-0, 6-12. Total 37# 4oz. Spinnerbaits||Jim Walker 12/20/93 Franklin, TN. 7# 9oz. Spinnerbait||Bill O'Brien and Frank Mann 2/29 One 7#, three 6's 5 best: 31# 0oz. Tubes||Steve with 7# 8oz.|
|Bill Balsi, Reno, NV 3/30/01. Tubes Two fish: 14# 4 oz.||Butch Skillern, 12/21/00 B.G., KY. Two 7's Cocahoe Minnow Jig||Steve with 7# 3oz. Fish was only 21.25" Spinnerbait||Bill Dobbs 4/1/04 7# Spinnerbait||Jim Bruce Cornelia, GA 10/17/02 6# 10oz. Shad||Gene Pendley 3/9/01 Lafayette, GA 7# & "almost" 7 Slider craw tube|
|Dave Mansell K.C., MO 3/17/03 5 best: 29# 4oz. Tubes||Roger Fuller and Dave Mansell 3/18/03 (next day) Five best over 27#||Marlin and Butch Skillern B.G., KY 3/13/01 Tubes 7# 6oz & 7# 0oz. 5 best: 29-12||Steve with Marlin and Butch. Same day as picture at left.||Steve and Jon Radt Palatka, FL 3/19/01 Two 7's and a 6# 14oz. Tube||Billy Brindle and Gene Pendley Same day as picture above. 3 days 5 fish limits @ 71.5#|
|Tom Fouts Cornelia,GA May 5, 1998||Billy Brindle January 30, 2002 6# 2oz. Tube||Butch Epting 4/7/03 Cornelia, GA 6# 11oz. Jerkbait: LC 110 Flash||Mike Graham 2/28/02 Collierville, TN 7# 3oz. Tube||Steve with 7# 12oz. 3/17/00 White bucktail jig||Fred Wiseman 10/25/01 Jonesboro, AR 7# Shad|
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