|Bill lands the first Bluegill of the day.|
Bill was just as enthusiastic in person as I imagined he would be from reading his blog. I was thoroughly impressed with how well he knows practically every shoreline and rock formation on the lake... which is pretty impressive when you consider that Smith Lake has 500 plus miles of shoreline. He also knows the fish on Smith Lake pretty well too. He knew very quickly that we weren't going to have an easy day... I think it only took him about five casts.
Bill wrote a pretty thorough account of our morning on the lake, so there's no sense in me trying to reinvent the wheel. The only thing I would add is that Bill has a very beautiful lake to call his home water. I would have to say that Smith Lake is probably the most scenic still water I've ever been on in the South.
Now, Bill calls the fish in his lake "Kentucky Spots," and there's certainly nothing wrong with that, but I believe the Spotted Bass there are actually Alabama Spotted Bass (Micropterus henshalli).
Why do I think this? Well, Alabama Spotted Bass (or just Alabama Bass as they are now more properly called) are found in the upper Mobile River basin, and Smith Lake is indeed part of the Mobile River watershed.
What does this mean? It means that I get to cross another species off the list for the Bass Slam quest- one that I missed out on during our last trip. That pushes our collective total to 7 out of 18. I'm actually catching up with Kelly too. Currently, she has a one species lead.
|My Bass Slam 12.25" Alabama Spotted Bass|
|Yet another victim of the Bunny Butt Slider|
Although I only needed to catch a 12" Alabama Spotted for the Bass Slam, I'd really like to catch a bigger one... and I hope to get another chance soon. Bill was a great fishing partner, and I can't wait to visit him and his amazing home water again.