It has been a little over a week since Robert was on the water with me fishing for river smallies. The Little Pigeon River has continued to drop since the high water hit on Monday and Tuesday. As I mentioned, in yesterday’s report, there is one specific spot I like to fish,  when the water is running a little bit high and stained. On Wednesday’s guide trip with Greg from Tennessee, that spot only produced one sixteen inch fish. On Thursday’s trip with Greg from Delaware, he scared up a couple of seventeen inchers from that same hole. The water was still a little too high, and fast for the fish to hold in there in any great numbers. My sense after the trip on Thursday, was that it was going to drop to that level on Friday, where the smallies were going to show up, and it should fish well. Fortunately, my prediction came true. Robert got to enjoy just a taste, of what that location can produce when a combination of factors come together. These factors exist for only about two or three days, before the water becomes too shallow and clear, and the fish move to other deeper locations. As soon as we anchored, Robert  “got bit’ right away. If that first smallie, was any indication of how this area was going to fish, then he was about to have his hands full of river smallies for quite a well. That first fish, was a chunky twenty inch smallie that weighed four pounds and five ounces. The picture of that fish is included with report. That is Robert’s personal best, and it was the heaviest fish, that any of my clients have put in the boat so far this season. This was only the beginning, as he proceeded to catch another seventeen smallies in that spot over the next couple of hours. Fifteen of those eighteen fish, were between fifteen and twenty inches long. I knew that tomorrow, would probably be the best day to fish it, but I was going to be off the water. I had more important plans, like Rockin’ and Rollin’ with my son at the Kiss Concert that night in Birmingham. Yes, in my book, catching river smallies does take a back seat to seeing Kiss live. Robert and I then made a move upstream to fish that same area that produced for the two Greg’s. The fish were still there, and they really turned on that last hour before dark. Robert picked up another ten fish, highlighted by his second twenty inch smallie of the day. When he landed it, I said “I have seen this fish before”. Greg from Tennessee caught it in this very same spot on Wednesday. I also told Robert, that he was going to be surprised, how little it weighed even though it was twenty and three quarter inches long. I said “it is going to be three pounds and eight ounces”. It stretched my Chatillon Scale, to that three pound seven ounce mark. Close enough, and without a doubt, it was that same fish. For a second time, in three days from this boat, it was released unharmed into the Little Pigeon, for other anglers to enjoy catching. Besides that twenty plus incher, seven out of those nine remaining smallies, were between sixteen and three quarters and and eight and half inches long. It was Robert’s best day on the water with me as far as numbers, and big smallies. He caught a total of twenty-nine, before we had to pack it up, and make it back to the ramp before dark. It’s not all about the numbers or the size of fish you catch. It’s also about spending quality time on the water, with some one who truly enjoys the outdoors, and the sport of fishing. Robert fits that description to a tee. I always enjoy having him in the boat, and look forward to our next river smallie adventure.

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