I had the pleasure of taking Dave from Indiana on a second River Smallie Adventures fishing trip this year. He had fished with me back in the spring and had an excellent day on the water. This trip would be a little different. I contacted him a few days before he made his way to east Tennessee to let him know that the smallmouth fishing had been slow. I believe it is important to let my clients know how the bite has been trending over the past days and weeks. I realize it can change from a slow bite to a frenzied one in a short period of time. However, I don’t want them to be surprised when their expectations of what happened on a prior trip falls short of what occurs on the river six months later. I let Dave know that we had been catching a mixed bag of fish on our recent trips that did include some smallies, but we certainly weren’t setting the world on fire. He said he understood and that all he wanted to do was “feel something pull on the other end of the line” regardless of what kind of fish it was. And that is pretty much how the trip played out. Dave caught a mixed bag of fish that included catfish, white bass, drum, and a few nice smallies in the seventeen inch range. I have included a picture of Dave holding one of those smallies in this report. Dave is not only a really good fisherman, but one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He said that he would like to book another trip this spring. I look forwarding to getting him back on the river during that prime time when those French Broad River smallies start making their annual spawning run up the Little Pigeon River. I always look forward to that special time of the year which usually starts around the end of March and continues well into May.

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