Sunday, October 21, 2012

MEA Smallies

Takes a lickin and Keeps on tickin

Nice Colors

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!
Nice Belly

Big Cat 


  1. Great pics...I can't believe the gut on that one. It looks like it ate a pot roast!

  2. Yes, it was a little piggy. I would have thought it would have been a bigger fish by the way it fought. I am sure it wasn't over 17 1/2". Now if I could just catch one that was over 20" with a gut like that. Biggest to date is still 21" for me.