Smallmouth Bass Report for
Altamont Anglers guide Travis Brotherton took a busman's holiday over to our favorite smallmouth fishery on Tuesday, May 22 treating his buddy Josh Sullivan to some nice springtime bass fishing. The cloudy day probably just improved the fishing, judging by that nice smallie!
It's always a fine thing to kick off a season--in this case our smallmouth bass season--but it's a special thing if you kick it off with a hog. And it's even more special when it's a hog of a different species of fish than you thought were there! The surprise for Ken Peterson was, in fact, a 6lb Black Drum, notching a another species caught in the scoreboard of lifetime achievements.
It's summertime, and the bassin' is easy...at least, that's how it seemed on July 25 & 26, 2017, for Tom Griffies and his posse as they fished with Altamont Anglers guides Joe Spencer and Teo Whitlock. Smallmouth and Largemouth both were biting, and many were boated over the course of the two days.Clicking any of the thumbs that follow opens a nice slideshow of the recent bass fishing late in July:
Mike Browder and Greg Stanford teamed up for a couple of days of floating for trout and bass--a perfect way to beat the July "heat dome" afflicting most of the country this year. Their first day chasing trout on the Watauga River was interrupted by a close encounter of the Striped Bass kind, a happy event for all aboard except the Striper. Inspired by that, Mike and Greg spent the next day on bass water, with Greg displaying a representative catch in the picture below.
Mike's been fishing with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock for about 10 years, and had this to say regarding this week's excursion,
"Once again another Fantastic trip with Teo! This one included a bucket list fish! I am elated and couldn't be more pleased!"
One sure sign that Spring has arrived is the sight of Ken Peterson in a boat with a bass on the line, and that's what you'd have seen last Wednesday and Thursday, March 22 and 23. Ken teamed up with fishing buddy Tom Griffeys and Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock to teach a lesson to some East Tennessee bass, and the bass are now taught!
To best appreciate the lessons learned from a Spring bass outing, click the thumbs that follow:
Judging by the pictures Gordon sent us, the day went as any day with Altamont Anglers is expected: great fishing was had! Beat the dog-days of late summer with a cooling float down a bass-rich river.
Altamont Anglers guides Travis Brotherton and Teo Whitlock shared the water on our favorite East Tennessee smallmouth bass river on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Teo was working for our clients, while Travis was on a "busman's holiday" treating his friend, Wayne Jackson, to some quality time on the water, gratis. That's why you'll see Teo and his clients anchored up by the trees downstream from Wayne in the first photo here: professional courtesy being shown by Travis to give the paying customers first shot at the fish.
Fishing "seconds" obviously didn't ruin the day for Travis and Wayne, as the photos prove! The following photos demonstrate the diversity of this river, with Wayne's largemouth followed by a nice smallmouth bass, followed by another smallie caught by Tom Martin and the final shot of a big walleye boated by Ken Peterson.
Click the thumbnails for a slide show of some great summertime bass fishing, and then give us a call--let's go fishin'!
Tom Martin and Michael Runge teamed up on the smallies on March 16, and the smallies didn't stand a chance! Tom is an enthusiastic bass fisherman whose excitement shows when he hooks up with a decent fish, as you can see in the photo at the left.
Clicking the thumbnails that follow reveals an equally exuberant Michael Runge getting at least as big a kick from boating some nice East Tennessee smallies...
But it was fun to be there on August 19 if you had a rod in your hand (and a dog in your boat), and Travis Brotherton had both. Nothing beats the heat of August like floating downstream on the cool waters of your favorite smallmouth bass river, and when the basses cooperate by feeding aggressively, you're in the "sweet spot" of summer time.
Click the thumbs that follow for larger views of some August smallies:
Bill Matyi fishes with Altamont Anglers' Teo Whitlock a couple of dozen times every year, and finally introduced his brother Anthony to us at the end of May, 2014. They chased the Smallmouth Bass on Thursday, May 29, and it looks like Anthony had the hot hand.
And then, a few days later, another of our "frequent floaters", Mike Browder, checked in for a couple of days in pursuit of the Smallies. Now's the time to come aboard the SS Altamont and float for the bass, before the dog-days arrive. Let's go fishin'!!
Click the following thumbs for full views of the recent Smallmouth Bass fishing:
But it was definitely all about the fishing towards the end of May, for Dennis Anderson and his friends, who combined for a two-boat float with Altamont Anglers guides Teo Whitlock and Joe Spencer. The group floated one of our favorite East Tennessee smallmouth bass rivers, and apparently they hammered 'em.
It would appear from the pictures that Melissa had the fish of the day--that heavy handfull of smallmouth bass in the photo on the left, but clicking the thumbnails that follow proves that a good time was had by all...
The full arsenal of tackle employed by experts like Tom, Ken and Mike proved too much for the hapless bass, but the catch-and-release philosophy in the boat means the fish pictured below are still there for the catching--but they're a little smarter now!
Click the thumbs that follow for full views of the great bass fishing in mid-April, 2014:
(Altamont Anglers operates on Pisgah National Forest Rivers under USDA Forest Service Permit #PIS6560)