I had the pleasure of taking Mallory and her father Kevin for a fall fishing trip on the French Broad River. It was a chilly day with the water temperatures in the mid-fifties. Over the past several weeks my customers have been catching a mixed bag of fish. Today would be no different. Mallory is the self professed fisherman in the family and Kevin was there to spend some quality time on the water with his daughter. As luck would have it the fisherman who was on board for “Moral Support” would end up catching the biggest fish. Kevin caught a hard fighting 35″ 18 ½ lb. striper on 8 lb. test. He did a great job of fighting and landing that fish on relatively light line. Mallory would not be denied as she caught a nice hybrid and largemouth during the first half of the trip. There has been a spot on the river where I have been consistently finding smallies while they have been generating at Douglas Dam. Today would be no different. They both caught about a dozen smallies in that particular spot. Several of those fish were between 17 and 19 inches. They did have one “double” while those smallies were feeding up. A picture of that “double” is included in this report. I really enjoyed guiding Mallory and Kevin. They were very receptive to my suggestions on how to fish the French Broad during this time of the year. They fished hard today and were rewarded by catching multiple species of quality fish.

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