Guest Don R Posted April 9, 2007 Report Share Posted April 9, 2007 I know several (OK, it's really only a few) anglers that try to keep their streak alive by catching at least one bronzeback per month. The winter months can be more challenging due to the weather and the slower metabolism of smallmouth bass. I intend on trying more of John Graham's cold water smallie tactics next winter. Although if this cold air mass hangs around much longer I may still have a chance this spring! 2005 was a very busy year for me. I was working a full time job with a good deal of overtime while also trying to keep a failing business afloat (pun intended). When the latter drifted away I have to admit I was relieved for many reasons. First and foremost was the fact that I would have more time to fish! March of '06 I was mostly hitting the ponds trying to catch those "ugly" green bass. By the time April rolled around I was ready to hit the rivers. Little did I know that month was to be the start of something special. I've been fortunate to catch and release at least one smallie 17" or bigger (from Illinois rivers) for twelve consecutive months. Last saturday, March 31st the water temps were about 54 F. I tied on a 2" Case pumpkinseed helgrammite a few minutes prior to landing this 17"er. The fish was in a mid-river depression and hit the jig with authority. I didn't set out a year ago to start some kind of streak...but now that it's there, I'd love to keep it going! Don R Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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