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Rain or Shine the Smallies come out for the Pros on Pardee Lake (continued)


I grabbed the net and waited for the flash, “what do you think?” I asked. “It’s a smallie for sure, but it’s a big one.” Dean calmly explained when we saw the flash…at which point we both let out expletives. The fish was huge, definitely the biggest smallmouth I had ever seen. “Don’t jump, please don’t jump,” Dean murmured as he guided the fish in. Thoughts of Dean tossing me into the freezing lake flashed as I thought, I better not miss this one. A second later I finally had her in the net. She turned out to be just over 9lbs, and was the biggest smallmouth Dean had ever caught and just under a pound beneath the state record!


Dean holds up his smallmouth hawg, his personal best!


Just the sight of that hawg had me pumped, and I just had to get a fish. “Hook me up with one of those jigs,” I said. “Sure, let’s drift over that hump again,” Dean said as he handed me a Rodstrainer which I trimmed and added a Yamamoto twin tail grub trailer to.


Bust out the rain gear....the rain starts to show itself two hours in

No less than five minutes after that I got hit, and I knew it was a quality smallie as well, though not as big as the one Dean had just boated. My fish went straight up like most smallies do and shot out of the water. “We have a jumper!”


Zander catches a nice smallie on a jig

When we boated the fish it was a quality bronzeback, and weighed in at just over four lbs, and while it was my largest smallmouth to date it looked like bait compared to Dean’s mammoth hawg.

Mid day Dean heads back in to compare notes and fish with the other pros

Meanwhile Cal was mixing it up with Bub while swapping swimbait fish stories. They went through the entire arsenal, shakey heads, jigs, deep diving cranks, jerkbaits, creature baits, and of course swimbaits. The bass were not hitting for them, but the trout were.

Pro B.A.S.S. angler Greg Guiterrez heads towards the marina


Bub was catching trout on jerkbaits, and these were some decent trout. Pardee is actually loaded with everything from Kokanee to trophy size rainbows. In an effort to get away from the trout Bub switched over to jigs and consequently landed a 2lb largemouth.


That's what we call a gathering


After that there was a quiet period in which Bub and Cal went from point to point. “These spots look so good, there has to be fish here.” To which Cal replied “there would be if there were spots in here,” and Bub shot back “Oh man, if there were spots in here we would be murdering them.”


Kent keeps things organized as we prepare for the second half


Next Section: Cal and Bub look for bigger fish










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