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Today, I had the pleasure of guiding David and Wes. David had traveled from Louisiana to visit his son Wes in Knoxville, and to attend some of the events at the Bassmaster Classic. Wes had scheduled a river smallie trip with me a couple of months ago, knowing that his father would enjoy a day on the water here in East Tennessee. After launching, and settling into our first fishing spot, David told me that he had never caught a smallmouth before, and that it was one of his bucket list fish. The fishing had been off the hook (or on the hook depending on how you want to look at it) over the past couple of days. My only concern, was that we had a gentle, but cool north wind. It felt like “cold front conditions” had moved in, which can negatively affect the bite. Also, with the cloudless skies, the overnight temperature had dropped into the low thirties, which in turn lowered the water temperature in the Little Pigeon from fifty-nine to fifty-six degrees in the last twenty-four hours. With that said, and all excuses put aside, the pressure was on for me to connect them with some East Tennessee river smallies. It didn’t take long before David hooked up, and landed a nice fifteen inch Little Pigeon River smallmouth. With that monkey off my back, we proceeded to fish a variety of locations on the Little Pigeon. I could definitely tell that the bite had slowed significantly compared to the past couple of days. Challenged with some smallie lockjaw, the two of them ┬ástill managed to land eight smallies between fifteen and seventeen inches. Included in this report, is a picture of David with his bucket list smallie. Wes and David were great guys to have in the boat. I was happy to see that the fish were somewhat cooperative, and that they got a taste of what this great smallmouth fishery has to offer during this time of year.

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