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Today I took out Steve and his brother Scott for some smallmouth fishing on the French Broad and Little Pigeon Rivers. I had taken Steve and his father on a guide trip a couple of years ago. In the spring of 2019 Steve had a trip all lined up to tackle those river smallies but Mother Nature had other ideas with some heavy rainfall so we had to cancel the trip. The good news this year was that the water on the Little Pigeon today was low and clear. TVA was going to start generating at noon, so we started fishing at 7:00 am to take advantage of the stable water conditions on both rivers. There still were some post spawn French Broad smallies in the Little Pigeon, so we decided to target those fish after we spent some time on the French Broad. They caught a modest number of smallies (14 in total) on the trip. Both anglers caught some really nice fish with six out of the fourteen measuring between 17 1/2 and 19 3/4 in. Scott was the out of town guest so it was only fitting that he caught the biggest fish. He only edged Steve out by a quarter of an inch. Heck my measuring technique could be off by at least that much. Both brothers could claim if they wanted to the prize for the big fish of the day. A picture of Scott proudly holding his beautifully “barred up” 19 3/4″ smallie is included in this report. You couldn’t find a better couple of guys to spend a day with on the water. I was happy they had some success catching those bigger river smallies that these two river systems are known to produce. I look forward to hearing from Steve again and I hope I get an opportunity to put them on the fish some time in the spring of 2021.

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