I had the pleasure of guiding a family from Mississippi today. They were on vacation in Pigeon Forge and wanted to try their hand at a little river fishing here in beautiful East Tennessee. Todd (Dad), Chelsea (Daughter), and 14 year old JR are all experienced fisherman. It was overcast with a pretty stiff wind out of the west. It had shades of an early fall day even though we are now firmly entrenched in what summer has to offer during this time of the year. I’m starting to sound like a broken record at this point with the pattern being established at 10-15 smallies being caught in a six hour trip. Today was no exception with these skilled anglers catching seven smallies during their 4 hour trip. Dad caught the largest smallie that measured a very respectable 19 1/2. inches. Gar were actively feeding today, so we took a few minutes of the trip to allow JR to stick a nice one and bring it to the boat before they resumed fishing for smallies. Right before the end of their trip Chelsea caught a nice seventeen inch smallie in a section of the river I like to fish when they are running one generator at Douglas Dam. A picture of Chelsea with that fish is included in this report. The three of them were not only good anglers, but they were an extremely nice family and a lot of fun to have in the boat. At the conclusion of the trip Chelsea said that she had really good time. That’s music to my ears as a fishing guide. Mission accomplished.

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