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I had the pleasure of taking ┬áJesse and his stepson Chunk smallmouth fishing on this early winter day. I shared with Jesse that the fishing continued to be slow due to the inconsistent flows at Douglas Dam. There has been one section of the river where I have been consistently picking up some smallies when the flow was around 4000 cfs. Both are experienced fishermen and wanted to give to it a shot regardless of the less than encouraging fishing report. They are from south Florida and both anglers have never caught a smallie. I thought that was going to continue to be the case the way the fishing started. The area I have been catching them in over the past several weeks unfortunately dried up. Another fly in the ointment was that they were fishing during “cold front conditions” with clear skies. northwest wind, and a rising barometer. They didn’t get a bite during the first couple of hours of their four hour trip. At one point, Chunk made a cast directly upstream from the boat and as the bait slowly bounced its way along the rocky bottom the line came tight and it was off to the races. I could tell it was a big fish. He skillfully played this potential trophy as it made several powerful runs under the boat before tiring and succumbing to the net. I could tell right away this beautiful smallie was going to be pushing the twenty inch mark. Which it indeed did at twenty and one quarter inches. It weighed three pounds and eleven ounces. Chunk’s first smallmouth of his life was not only big it was a “Citation Smallmouth” here in the state of Tennessee. After we got the “Skunk Monkey” off our backs I decided to fish a little deeper water and fortunately found some active fish. They caught six more smallies including a nice double from that spot before we had to call it a day. I included a picture of their “double” in this fishing report. Jesse and Chunk were a couple of great guys to have in the boat. Their experience as seasoned and patient anglers payed off on a day when other less determined fishermen would have made a bee line to the ramp.

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