Inconsistent releases from Douglas Dam continue to make the smallmouth fishing challenging. I always shoot my customers straight on what the recent fishing trips have been like over the past several days. I let them decide at that point if they want to move forward with a trip. Of course those conditions can change very quickly. A slow bite over a period of days can materialize into a great bite in a short period of time. With that said I told Jay from Oklahoma that the smallmouth fishing continues to limp along like it has over the past couple of weeks. My customers have caught smallies on every trip, but it has been in the single digits on a four to six hour trip. Jay understood that the fishing has been slow, but he and his son Tanner still wanted to give it shot. Both father and son fished hard on this six hour trip and managed to catch six smallies. Jay caught the biggest fish of the trip that measured a respectable nineteen inches. A picture of Jay with that dandy French Broad River smallie is included in this report. Jay and Tanner were a couple of great guys to have in the boat. Even though the bite continued to be slow I was impressed with their positive attitude and persistence in the face of conditions that were less than ideal.

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