Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Tamed By Joey

It took a bold move in bait selection by Joey Elliott to accelerate the bite on a spot in Lake St. Clair.  With a single decision at the end of the day he out fished the “experts” 3 to 1 in numbers and weight.  He had multiple choices in Xtreme Bass Tackle™ tubes and went for an unconventional tube bait color, “Sand Craw™.”

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Xtreme Bass Tackle – Sand Craw

At 7 years old, Joey is no stranger to the big water.  His dad Shawn has spent much of this summer out on Lake St. Clair and Joey has been with him out there, every step of the way.  I was privileged to be invited aboard and brought a small tackle container assortment of  Xtreme Bass Tackle™ tubes along for Joey to be able to make his own bait choices throughout the course of the day.

It was immediately obvious that Joey knew how to handle himself when faced with a light and slow bite.  That day we covered water both shallow and deep, in the river and the Lake and our catch rates were nothing to get excited about.   We pulled up on our final spot within minutes before heading back to the launch.  Fishing was a little better on this sandy spot in the Lake but the smallmouth were still coming few, and far between.  That’s when Joey decided to make a change and put Sand Craw™ into play.

The first smallie he hooked was great and I was able to double up with a much smaller one right behind him.

Joey SR 1

He continued to cast and catch quality smallies.  At this point he made it look sooooo simple.  Just cast the bait out there, wait a moment and he had another one.  With the clock ticking on our day and the excitement building on the boat with each cast he managed to bring it home with another nice smallmouth just before we left.

Joey SR 2

Way to go Joey!  With a single decision you pulled out a fast finish to a slow fishing day and made a good day on Lake St. Clair, great!

Joey wasn’t finished yet.  In a moment of inspiration and creativity he turned out this outstanding graphic (below).  Thank you Joey, I’m honored by your efforts both on and off of the water!  Capt. Wayne

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2 Responses to “Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Tamed By Joey”

  1. LESTER BLEVINS Says:

    CAN YOU TELL ME THE BEST TIME TO COME UP FOR THE FALL SMALLMOUTH AND SOME PLACES TO FISH FOR THEM I LIVE IN OHIO AND LIKE TO FISH FOR SMALLOUTH. I HAVE BEEN ON THE LAKE IN THE SPRING TIME BUT NOT IN THE FALL. THANK YOU LESTER.

    • Wayne Carpenter Says:

      Hi Lester:

      Sorry it took so long to reply…

      Fall is tricky in some ways. The weather can be a limiting factor as the winds blow up high enough to keep you off of the big water. in a perfect world you want to look for a stretch of high pressure that rolls in nearly every fall and lasts for about two weeks. The water goes dead calm and everything is stable. The bass are generally in deep lake areas during this time and once you find a school you are on to the best bass of the season, and lots of them.

      Capt. Wayne

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