Roger had called me several months ago inquiring about the fishing on the French Broad River. He also wanted to know if I knew of any property for sale along any of the rivers I guide on. We had a great conversation and he said he would call me later in the spring and book a trip. Roger was a man of his word, and true to form he booked that trip for today. He also invited his nephew Bryan. During the course of conversation I learned that Bryan was associated with the pest control industry in the state of Kentucky. In my former professional life, I spent a lot of time in Kentucky working within the structural pest control industry as well. We found out that we knew several of the same people, but for some reason we never had run across one another before. Small world. The summer fishing doldrums have finally kicked in with the early bite usually being the best as the fishing gradually declines as we ease our way into the afternoon heat. Although the numbers of fish they caught were underwhelming in my opinion (they caught 8 in total) the majority of the fish were between 16 1/2 and 19 1/2 in. Roger caught the big fish of the day that measured 19 1/2 in long. The picture of him proudly displaying that nice smallie is included in this report. He also shared with me that he did buy a nice lot on the French Broad River in the Del Rio area. He has fished it very little and wants me to help him scout the area. I have always enjoyed fishing new water and look forward to that trip that will take place sometime at the end of August.