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Smallmouth Bass Report Archives

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(Click the thumbnails above for our smallmouth bass slide-show.)

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Smallmouth bass fishing guidesKen Peterson with a great smallmouth bass caught on September 19, 2013 (click for full-size)

The morning is the time for top-water fishing--note the plug hanging from the lip of that big smallmouth on the left--and Ken Peterson and his fishing mate Tom Martin took advantage of the cool morning temps for some enjoyable bass fishing on September 19. These East Tennessee smallies are a handful however you catch them, but nothing beats the thrill of their aggressive attack on surface lures.

And, as the sun gets higher and the day warms up, they transition to ticking the bottom with a variety of jig-rigs (crayfish, lizards, flukes etc.) and wear the fish out some more. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter matters little as far as the quality of this fishery--it fishes great all year, with the exception of the brief spawning period in the Spring, during which we go chase trout!

Click the thumbs that follow for full-size vews of some nice East Tennessee bass...

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Asheville, NC fly fishiing guides fish for smallmouth bass is East TennesseeTom Martin with another nice Smallmouth bass

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Asheville, NC fly fishiing guides fish for smallmouth bass is East TennesseeTom Martin with another nice Smallmouth bass

Asheville, NC fly fishiing guides fish for smallmouth bass is East TennesseeKen Peterson with something different: a Largelmouth bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smallmouth bass fishing guidesRobert Stafford, left, caught that fat Tennessee smallmouth bass held by his guide, Joe Spencer on July 30, 2013 (click for full-size)

You'd think that with all the rain we've had there wouldn't be a fishable river in the Southeast. But you'd be wrong! Love 'em or hate 'em the major power companies--here we're talking Duke Power and the TVA--don't just burn coal to light up our nights: they also manage many of our rivers for hydro-electric power. The dams employed to control water flows inoculate us from many of the negative impacts of extreme weather, and provide us with year-round, high-quality fishing.

Altamont Anglers' guides Teo Whitlock and Joe Spencer spent July 29 and 30 floating three different groups of anglers down one of our favorite Smallmouth Bass rivers, with excellent results all around. Just click any of the thumbnails that follow for full-size views of some fine Smallmouth fishing...

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Chris Gemes with nice smallmouth, July 30, 2013 (click to embiggen)

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George Renfro holds a nice smallmouth caught on a fly on July 29, 2013

Asheville fly fishing guides fishing Eastern Tennessee for Smallmouth Bass
George Renfro holds a nice smallmouth caught on July 29, 2013

Asheville fly fishing guides fishing Eastern Tennessee for Smallmouth Bass
George Renfro holds a nice smallmouth caught on July 29, 2013

Asheville fly fishing guides fishing Eastern Tennessee for Smallmouth Bass
George Renfro holds a nice smallmouth caught on July 29, 2013

Asheville fly fishing guides fishing Eastern Tennessee for Smallmouth Bass
Phil Thomas holds a nice smallmouth caught on July 29, 2013

Asheville fly fishing guides fishing Eastern Tennessee for Smallmouth Bass
Phil Thomas holds a nice smallmouth caught on July 29, 2013

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Ken Peterson with a nice smallmouth caught on July 30, 2013

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Tom Martin with a nice smallmouth caught on July 30, 2013

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Tom Martin with a nice smallmouth caught on July 30, 2013

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Tom Martin with two smallmouth caught on July 30, 2013

Asheville fly fishing guides fishing Eastern Tennessee for Smallmouth Bass
Tom Martin with a nice smallmouth caught on July 30, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smallmouth bass fishing guidesMartin Toporek with a fat Tennessee smallmouth bass caught on July 26, 2013 (click for full-size)

There are reports that many fly fishing guides in North Carolina and Tennessee are trading in their drift boats for arcs to cope with the epic rainfall we've experienced over the summer, but Altamont Anglers guide Joe Spencer was grateful to be at the oars of his angler-friendly craft on Saturday, July 26. That's when he and our client, Martin Toporek got lucky with a day of sun and hungry bass on one of our favorite rivers in East Tennessee.

Instead of epic rain, they encountered epic fishing, as the pictures here prove. Clicking on the thumbs that follow opens full-size images, and in a couple of them, Martin shows us the secret to their success, displaying in the gaping maw of a fat smallmouth the very rig that caught him.

Click the thumbs for full-size images...

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Martin Toporek, July 26, 2013

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Martin Toporek, July 26, 2013

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Martin Toporek, July 26, 2013

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Smallmouth bass fishing guidesGreg Braunstein with a fat Tennessee smallmouth bass caught on May 26, 2013 (click for full-size)

There's no real secret to a successful day of smallmouth bass fishing in Eastern Tennessee lately: just time your trip to the rhythm of the rains.

The rain jacket that Greg Braunstein is wearing in the photo here is evidence that unsuccesfully timing your trip around the recent rains isn't necessarily a formula for failure. While it might have been a drier trip he took with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock on May 26, it was still a productive day on the water. The fact is, some rain is good for the fishing generally speaking, but what you want to avoid is the torrential downpours we've be subjected to so often this Spring, which turn the water brown and dangerous and can easily kill off the day's fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smallmouth bass fishing guidesTom Martin with a fat Tennessee smallmouth bass caught on April 25, 2013 (click for full-size)

Tom Martin and Ken Peterson are back, and that's bad news for the smallmouth bass population. The dynamic duo fished with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock on April 25 and 26 enjoying the cool but sunny weather and the awesome fishing.

Judging by the pot-belly on that smallie held by Tom, Eastern Tennessee has the resources the bass need and love, a healthy riverine habitat full of food items. Hellgramites and crawfish and any fish smaller than the smallmouth bass are the backbone of their diet, and Eastern Tennessee rivers serve them up in abundance. Anglers like Ken and Tom serve up the Silicone and plastic versions of these critters, and you can see how they reap the rewards for presenting what the fish want!

Click the thumbnails that follow for larger views of the fishing on April 25 and 26, 2013:

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Ken Peterson holds a hefty smallie caught on April 25, 2013

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Tom Martin with another smallie caught on April 25, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smallmouth bass fishing guidesMike Browder with a nice Tennessee smallmouth bass caught on March 23, 2013 (click for full-size)

Mike Browder spends his free time in the woods or on the water in the omniverous quest for game, sometimes released to swim another day, sometimes not so much.

He shared the boat with Altamont Anglers' lead guide Teo Whitlock on Saturday, March 24 for a day of extreme weather--snow, rain, wind and cold--and extremely good fishing. Fortunately, nothing warms the heart of an outdoorsman like the jerk of a heavy smallmouth bass on his fishing line!

We're looking for even better smallmouth action as we move into Spring and, hopefully, warmer weather.

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Smallmouth bass fishing guidesTom Martin with a terrific largemouth bass caught on October 15, 2012 (click for larger view).

Tom Martin and Ken Peterson don't let the smallmouth or largemouth bass get too much rest--nor Altamont Anglers guide, Teo Whitlock. These two old freinds secured seats in Teo's boat for multiple days of each month of the year, a year in advance, and keep adding days to their fishing calendar as they use up the pre-scheduled dates. Too bad for the bass, as the accompanying photos illustrate!

Click any of the following thumbnails for a slide show of the fishing on October 15 and 16, 2012...

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Smallmouth bass fishing guidesDennis Anderson with a nice smallmouth bass caught on October 5, 2012 (click for larger view).

Spring and Fall: those are when you can expect to find Dennis Anderson fishing with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock (scroll down for some recent trips he's made), fishing for smallmouth bass mostly. When October rolls around, with a nip in the air and the kids all back in school, the overpowering urge to get out on the water takes hold and Dennis makes his call to Teo--"let's go fishing"

That call came recently, and Dennis and Teo floated one of their favorite stretches of water in East Tennessee where they found plenty of hefty smallies eager to eat. Photographic proof of the quality of the fishing follows.

Click any thumbnail for a slideshow of Dennis Anderson's fishing on October 4th and 5th, 2012...
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Smallmouth bass fishing guidesDennis Anderson with a nice Walleye caught on April 26, 2012 (click for larger view).

Dennis Anderson fishes with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock every chance he gets (scroll down for some recent trips he's made), fishing for smallmouth bass mostly. But he'll take what the river gods give, and was happy to boat a big Walleye on April 26, that odd fish in the photo to the left. But the thumbnails that follow indicate that when Dennis fishes for smallmouth bass, that's mostly what he catches!

Click any thumbnail that follows for a slideshow of Dennis Anderson's fishing on April 26, 2012...
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Smallmouth bass fishing guidesKen Peterson with a big Sauger caught on April 20, 2012 (click for larger view).

The diversity of our local fisheries around Asheville, NC never ceases to amaze: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Walleye Bass--the list goes on, and now let's add Sauger to the list!

Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock guided stalwart smallmout bass fishermen Ken Peterson and Tom Martin for a couple of days recently, and they both caught Sauger--along with a bunch of nice smallies. You might go many days fishing without ever seeing a Sauger, so to double-up on them like Ken and Tom did is certainly remarkable.

Click the following thumbnails for more recent action on the smallmouth rivers...
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fly fishing the Watauga RiverDrake Whitlock with a fat Tennessee smallmouth bass on March 28, 2012 (click for larger view).

Proving that even a blind squirrel sometimes finds an acorn (provided he has a good guide), Drake Whitlock sat in the front of a boat rowed by Altamont Anglers guide (and Drake's son) Teo Whitlock.

A long-standing challenge by Teo to break free from the doctrine that only fly fishing can be pure was finally accepted by Drake, and the day passed with instructions in multiple techniques involving spinning rods, spinner-baits, jig rigs and other arcane aspects of the hardware-tossing fishing community.

Judging by the pictures, these techniques work! Click the following thumbnails for a slideshow of a fly fisher's descent from grace...
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fly fishing the Watauga RiverTom Taylor with his 20" smallmouth bass, March 26, 2012 (click for larger view).

They say one trait of successful people is an ability to set goals and strive to reach them. Tom Taylor practices this in his fishing, with a list of fish species and the size required to qualify as a "trophy", by his own standards.

So when Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock put him into a smallmouth bass in excess of 20 inches, Tom checked another goal off his list. Of course, every record stands only to be broken, so we assume there's now a bigger smallmouth bass on Tom's list. This is one dependable way to incentivise the sport of fishing, as if we needed any more reasons to go fishing!

Click on the thumbnails below for a slideshow of Tom's smallmouth bass fishing in Tennessee on March, 26, 2012:
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fly fishing the Watauga RiverDennis Anderson with a hefty smallmouth bass on March 15, 2012.

Dennis Anderson knows how to catch smallmouth bass: hire the right guide, fish the right water, use the right gear--and pick the right day!

March 15, 2012 was definitely the right day to hire Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock, as demonstrated by these impressive pictures.

Teo and Dennis floated one of our favorite stretches of water in North Carolina and Tennessee (but we're sworn to secrecy as to the name of the river), and must have been using the right gear to have boated so many good smallmouth.

Click the following thumbnails to view a slideshow of Dennis Anderson's recent smallmouth trip:


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smallmouth bass fishing with Altamont AnglersTom Martin with a healthy smallmouth bass caught on February 7, 2012 (click image for full view)

The Emails came in like this:
From: Tom Martin
Subject: Our Trip on 02/07
Message: Hey Teo,
Great trip! Please send me the photos via email.
Let me know where you want us to stay for the trip in March--we need to make plans.
Thanks!
Tom Martin
Reply From Ken Peterson:
Subject: Our Trip on 02/07
Message: More than a great trip – weather was A-OK the guide was ,as usual fantastic and the Smallies were mean fighters and the fellowship on the water was exceptional !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ken Peterson

Well, some guys are just more laid-back and some are just more enthusiastic!!!!

But, one thing for sure: Tom Martin and Ken Peterson love their bass fishing. Click the thumbnails for a nice slideshow of the fishing on February 7, 2012:
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smallmouth bass fishing with Altamont AnglersJocelyn Turner enjoys some Winter fishing on February 4, 2012(click image for full view)

Call it global warming or call it climate change or call it just an unuaually warm winter: one thing you can't argue over is the good bass fishing we've been enjoying in February.

Jocelyn Turner certainly enjoyed the fishing (if not the weather) on February 4 when she floated a nearby river in search of smallmouth bass. The search was fun enough, but the finding was more fun, as is evident in these two photos.

Click the image below for the full view of a brace of decent North Carolina smallmouth bass, courtesy of Altamont Anglers:
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A North Carolina muskie caught on a flyTim Fischer with a French Broad River muskie, April 13, 2011 (click image)

Altamont Anglers fishing buddies Tim Fischer and Brad Bohen drove down from their home waters in Wisconsin for a week or so of Southern hospitality, in the form of our warmer waters.

Tim and are hardcore musky hunters, working with Musky Country Outfitters in Hayward, Wisconsin. But they also like their smallmouth bass, as you'll see by clicking the thumbnails that follow.

That musky on the left--which measured 42"--was caught on the French Broad River by Tim on a sack of feathers roped onto a tandem pair of hooks by Tim (a pattern designed by Brad Bohen called the Double Beauford). The fly was thrown by a 10-weight fly rod on a 350 grain sinking flyline--and don't forget the 80lb Fluorocarbon tippet on your leader, or suffer the teeth!

Click the thumbnails for larger views of some Southern smallmouth success enjoyed by Tim and Brad:

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smallmouth bass fishing with Altamont AnglersBenny Pearson with a nice North Carolina smallmouth bass caught on July 30, 2011 (click image for full view)

Benny Pearson usually stalks the game-fish and fowl around his home of Lake Charles, LA but booked a day to stalk some North Carolina game-fish with Altamont Anglers while on vacation in Asheville, NC.

The fishing on Saturday, July 30 was fast and furious, according to AA guide Teo Whitlock, but it was a day for numbers, not size. However, it wasn't exclusively numbers, as the pictures of these sizable smallmouth bass prove.

Click any of the thumbnail images that follow for a slide show of the fishing on July 30, 2011:

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smallmouth bass fishing with Altamont AnglersMike Browder with a nice largemouth bass caught in the mountains of North Carolina on July 15, 2011 (click image for full view)

Mike Browder normally stalks the wildlife around the Atchafalaya Basin of Louisiana from his secret fishing and hunting camps. But when the calendar gets around to July he escapes to the cool air of Asheville, NC where he resumes stalking the wildlife with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock. They don't have smallmouth bass like ours in Louisiana, and we don't have largemouth bass like theirs in our mountains--or so we thought, until Mike caught that one on the right while stalking smallies.

The trout fishing and the smallmouth bass fishing is highly regarded around Asheville, NC, but what's not so widely known is the diversity of our fisheries: add in the musky and striper fishing, and local anglers have more choices than most...

Click any of the thumbnail images that follow for a slide show of the fishing on July 15 and 15, 2011:

 

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smallmouth bass fishing with Altamont AnglersVee Khamphilavong hoisting a hefty smallmouth bass caught on a fly, June 21, 2011 (click image for fullsize view)

Vee Khamphilavong came a long way from his home in Ontario, Canada to have the best day of smallmouth bass fishing in his life (his words, not ours). Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock put Vee in all the right spots for success with the flyrod, and Vee did the rest. We're having some fine smallmouth fishing this June, when we're get an opening between thunderstorms, whether we're fly-rodding for them or using our sneaky spinning and baitcasting rods.

Click the following thumbnail images for a slide show of Vee Khamphilavong's great day of smallmouth bass fishing, June 21, 2011:

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smallmouth bass fishing with Altamont AnglersCharlie Helm hoisting a hefty smallmouth bass caught on June 23, 2011 (click image for fullsize view)

Charlie Helm, of Jacksonville, Fl, headed north to Asheville, NC for some sightseeing and managed to work a day of bass fishing into the family vacation. Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock took Charlie to one of our favorite stretches of river and, despite the rainy start to the day it looks like it all worked out in the end.

One thing is clear from the photos here: Charlie Helm is a bass-catching machine! Our North Carolina smallmouth bass didn't stand a chance with a team like Charlie and his guide, Teo. Click any of the thumbnail images that follow for a slide show of the fishing on June 23, 2011:

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Watauga River fly fishingGreg Braunstein hoisting a monster striped bass caught on the Watauga River, May 25, 2011 (click image for full-size)

Greg Braunstein fishes with Altamont Anglers whenever he gets the chance (like this time and this time), escaping the work-a-day world of his medical practice in Florida for the cool, tranquil waters of the Watauga River.

Greg is an avid fly fisherman, as the following photos prove, but is willing to experiment with new techniques, if his guide suggests--and Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock did indeed suggest targeting something other than the Watauga River's trout population.

That giant striper Greg caught wasn't weighed (no scales in the boat!--there will be next time...), but Teo says it felt heavier than his 45lb anchor so we're going with 40+ pounds. And--truth in advertising--it wasn't caught on a fly.

Click the thumbnails that follow for a slideshow of Greg Braunstein fly fishing the Watauga River on May 24 & 25, 2011:

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A North Carolina muskie caught on a flyTim Fischer with a French Broad River muskie, April 13, 2011 (click image)

Altamont Anglers fishing buddies Tim Fischer and Brad Bohen drove down from their home waters in Wisconsin for a week or so of Southern hospitality, in the form of our warmer waters.

Tim and are hardcore musky hunters, working with Musky Country Outfitters in Hayward, Wisconsin. But they also like their smallmouth bass, as you'll see by clicking the thumbnails that follow.

That musky on the left--which measured 42"--was caught on the French Broad River by Tim on a sack of feathers roped onto a tandem pair of hooks by Tim (a pattern designed by Brad Bohen called the Double Beauford). The fly was thrown by a 10-weight fly rod on a 350 grain sinking flyline--and don't forget the 80lb Fluorocarbon tippet on your leader, or suffer the teeth!

Click the thumbnails for larger views of some Southern smallmouth success enjoyed by Tim and Brad:

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A smallmouth bassTeo holds a fat smallmouth bass caught by Tom Taylor on April 3, 2011 (click image to enlarge).

We have Tom Taylor's wife to thank for his discovery of Altamont Anglers services: she bought him a gift certificate a while back, and he's been coming back for more.

Tom's first visit was in search of trout, but on April 3 and 3 he mounted a campaign against our smallmouth bass. Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock knows where they are, and he and Tom teamed up to teach the smallies a lesson or two.

Click the thumbnails that follow for larger views of a bunch of North Carolina smallmouth bass caught by Tom Taylor in early April, 2011:

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A big smallmouth bassTom Martin with a fat smallmouth bass on March 23, 2011 (click for bigger view).

Tom Martin, aka the Dapper Angler, loves to chase the smallies with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock, and on March 23 Tom brought his fishing buddy Blake Puryear over for some fly fishing lessons.

Clicking on the thumbnails that follow, to enlarge the images, doesn't reveal much evidence of fly fishing lessons, but it sure does reveal evidence of some great smallmouth bass catching, early Spring style.

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A big smallmouth bassJay Dodd with a double-handfull of hefty smallmouth bass caught on March 2, 2011 (click image for larger view)

Altamont Anglers guides Teo Whitlock and Jay Dodd took a little time off on Wednesday, March 2, to test the smallmouth waters. They found the waters to be welcoming, as that photo on the left attests. Jay's holding the double that he and Teo hooked up to start the day off right!

Water temps right around 48° have prompted the pre-spawn behavior by the smallmouth bass, which means they're on a big feed to take on protein before the spawning begins.

Once water temps get up to the mid-50's the spawn will be on and the fishing will be off until their finished, so we should have a few more weeks of good fishing ahead of us. Click the thumbs below for larger views of the fishing on March 2, 2011:

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smallmouth bassTeo Whitlock with a big smallmouth bass caught on September 20, 2010 (click image for larger view)

You might notice something odd about that picture: it took 2 photos to get the whole fish! We combined the 2 pictures of the one fish to share the whole fish with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Debbie Griffith hefting a real hog of a smallmouth bass, July 19, 2010 (click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carl Hoffman with a hefty smallmouth bass caught on March 27, 2010(click image to enlarge).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andy Squires, with a fine smallmouth bass caught on March 9, 2010(click image to enlarge).

Altamont Anglers guides Teo Whitlock and Forest Marshall teamed up with Andy Squires for an early-season outing on March 9, 2010, and that beautiful, back-lit smallie being held by Andy here was but one of many excellent bass boated and released. Click the thumbnails below for more of the fishing on March 9, and then scroll down for the fishing on March 12 and March 16...

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Teo holds a great smallmouth bass caught by Scott on March 12, 2010(click image to enlarge).

Teo and Andy, joined by their buddy Scott, returned for some more of that great smallmouth bass action. The weather wasn't so nice in morning, though it cleared and warmed a bit in the afternoon, but the fishing was at least as good!

And, like pinching yourself to make sure it's not all a dream, Teo headed back with his fishing buddy Tim Fischer as a witness. Tim hails from Wisconsin, and is an avid Musky and smallmouth angler who was impressed by our southern beauties. Click the thumbnails below to see how impressive the fishing was on March 12 and 16, 2010...

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(Altamont Anglers operates on Pisgah National Forest Rivers under USDA Forest Service Permit #PIS6560)

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