Sunday, April 24, 2011

First Smallies of 2011

I've been somewhat obsessed with Smallmouth Bass ever since I caught my first one as a teenager. I know in many places there are still "opening days" for trout fishing season, but I think fishing season really begins when I've caught my first Smallie of the year. I've still got a few more posts that may be generated from this weekend's trip, but as for the first Smallies of 2011... I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Kelly's:

Nice fish.

Maybe a little nicer than the first one.

Jay's:

Seriously?

Outfished by a girl... always.

16 comments:

  1. In my family, the women always beat the men at Cribbage. Frustrating as all get out. I understand :)

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  2. Score! I love me some smallies. Been out a few times but only getting crappies and largemouth. Nicely done.

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  3. I love catching a smallie. They put up a fight like no other. Kelly looked to have her hands full this weekend. Atta girl!

    -stephanie

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  4. I always try and keep in mind...a fish (no matter the size) is better than NO fish. The best part is the season is still just starting.

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  5. I think the little ones are prettier to look at.

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  6. Jay, I'm convinced that if you gave Kelly a broomstick, a piece of string and a safety pin she would outfish both of us. Glad you guys had fun.

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  7. Saw this and thought you might applaud the choice.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703529004576160253307081570.html

    -stephanie

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  8. Thanks for all of your comments.

    David, I think the female team must be cheating... but I haven't figured it out.

    Coloradocasters, nicely done by Kelly... not so much by me.

    Kiwi, you're right... I'm just glad I caught a fish. As I mentioned there's a bit more to come from this trip so I guess I actually did a little better than my tiny Smallmouth might suggest.

    Clif, thanks for the positive perspective. The little guy I caught was the darkest Smallie I have ever seen/caught. When he first came out of his hole he was almost black, and slowly lightened up when he came into the light.

    Cofisher, I think I'll take back all of Kelly's fly rods and get her a new broomstick outfit. Thanks for the suggestion to even the odds.

    Stephanie, Smallies rock!... and so do Hellbenders. I've wasted a lot of time looking for 'Benders. A couple of other "herp" guys and I found eight in one night in NC. Thanks for sharing the article.

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  9. How did this happen again to you Jay??? Haha.
    I got my first shot at a bass pond when I was out with Owl in NC...no luck! They kept coming up to the fly and sniffin it and turning around! Ahhhh...So, at least you got one...just think of it as a true "smallie"!!! LOL.

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  10. RD, I'm glad you (a tried and true trout fly fisher) got to experience "selective" bass... but I'm also sorry you didn't get to catch any. I think a lot of trout fly fishers think that bass will just eat anything you throw at them. I honestly think there are days when bass are far more difficult than trout. Trout can be downright simple- find the right fly, the right size, and the right color... and you win. Bass can be just as simple or simpler some days, but such is not always the case... especially on pressured waters.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. We love Smallies, too--their eyes, lines, and coloring are really pretty. We're glad you caught one regardless the size, and the other pics are really nice, too.

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  12. FlyFshrGrl, thanks for stopping by. Smallies are subtly beautiful creatures. Not as colorful as trout, but alluring in their own special way. The ones in AR are especially pretty.

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  13. Excellent! Smallies are awesome. Great fish Kelly. Remember Jay, it's not the size of the fish in the fight...Ahhh,nevermind.

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  14. Jay
    Those smallmouth never stop fighting, that is what I love about catching them and the spots. Nice catch----was these caught at Pickwick? I have not been fishing Smith as of yet, because I have been trying to reach my goal of 100 gills in the month of April on the lake right by our house. I will be making my first trip next week with the fly to check out the spots on Smith. Whenever you are ready to fish Smith just let me know and I will be glad to carry you out and see if we can land some spots. Just let me know when it is good for you.

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  15. Kelly sure did well on this day of chasing the Smallies. Really liked the second picture. Nice looking fish. Here is to a good season now that you have your first Smallmouth out of the way!

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  16. Ty, thanks for the attempt at encouragement.

    Bill, these were not from Cypress Creek (Pickwick drainage). We were in AR at the Spring River. We figured with all the rain lately in the area the creek in AL would be a mess. I guess the waters at Smith Lake have probably warmed enough by now. I may not be able to make it next week, but I'll look at my schedule and figure a time to come soon.

    Mel, thanks for stopping by. Kelly did well with the trout too, but the rest of the story will be for the next post. I can only hope that it's all uphill for me for the rest of the year with the Smallies... it would be a real challenge to go down.

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