|Takes a lickin and Keeps on tickin|
Every year, I head to the river over MEA. The smallies cooperate most of the time, and sometimes you get a big one too. The biggest I caught was 20", but literally every fish is exciting. I caught a 28 " cat fish that had me thinking it was a Giant smallie. It ripped out drag, up and down stream. I know I caught a few over 19" too. Occasionally, I will think I have a giant on, and it turns out to be an 18 1/2 that just happens to fight like a six pounder! This time of year is great, and if you like catching smallies, the river is a nice place to get some 4 plus pounders, and their fight is unmatched! I don't even take picture of most of the fish. If it is over 19" I try to take a picture, but sometimes I just want to get my line back in the water, because when they are biting they are ferocious!