August 28, 2014
The bigger bite seems to be picking up this week and it should continue to strengthen into September. A lot of the bites are “swimming pickups” which makes setting the hook difficult. One thing to help with that is to put a little pressure on the bass by lifting the rod tip, then set the hook.
Topwater continues to rock along channel edges. Mark Hill picked a nice four pound smallie up at one of our first stops this morning. Later I picked up a decent three pound plus in 17 feet then we finished in the Lake in eleven feet and picked up one at four. On a research day like this we don’t work the areas hard but catch a couple to gauge the bite.
August 22, 2014
It hasn’t been a hot year so a full summer smallmouth bass pattern has yet to develop. We see a glimmer of it in the St. Clair River, the Channels, the staging areas in front of the Channels and in the Lake. I suppose we could call it the “cool summer pattern.”
What’s frigid about it is the way bite patterns come and go. We can get the bass going on a bait presentation in certain areas on one day and the next it’s like they were never there. Deep lake patterns seem to be the most consistent and a lot of the weights in tournaments have come from these areas.
St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle™
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The quality of bass has been good. We are catching more keepers than short smallmouth and most of the bass have been 2 1/2 to 3 pounds. Getting the bigger bass is the product of a lot of hard work and covering water be it in the shallows or on deep drifts. In the river hitting multiple spots to find the best bite has been effective.
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St. Clair Goby NFT drop-shot tube caught this 3 1/2 pound smallmouth out in the deep water
This smallmouth at four pounds or better was caught on a 5″ St. Clair Goby NFT™