From Smallies to LARGIES, Literally!

Being that I’ve been a worthless pile the last week because of my upcoming trip to both Lake Falcon and Fork, I decided I had to get out one last time and do some much needed smallmouth fishing before our season ends. I went with two of my real good buddies, Chris Campbell and Eric Aske. The bite was slower than usual, but in the end we all managed a few good ones and a couple dozen mid sized smallies as well. It’s odd to think that in a few days I’ll be fishing in extremely different ends of the spectrum. Instead of chasing 3 pound smallmouth in 20 degree weather here in the north country of Minnesota, I’ll be fishing for 15 pound largemouth in 80 degree weather in extreme southern Texas along the Mexico border.

Yeah that’s right, I said 15 pound bsndckssqld wsmndkswnd qlkdsqapjkd.

(Sorry, I couldn’t type there for a second, my arm was twitching from the very thought of it.)

I’ll be joining two others, one being my good buddy Brent Haimes. This trip is sure to be a good one, every time Brent and I get in the boat together we manage to catch some good fish. Late last summer on a trip to northern Minnesota’s Lake Pokegama, we managed to catch all sorts of tanker smallies and had a blast doing it. This trip should be no different, all things are coming together to potentially set up for a whack fest. The temp should stabilize perfectly the whole time we’re down there and the shallows should warm up quickly into the low 70’s, forcing those giant Jim’s (or should I say Betty’s) to move up and put on a feeding frenzy preparing to spawn.

**Above Picture: Brent and I with some Lake Pokegama tankers smallmouth.

The reports are saying that fish can be caught anywhere between 2 feet to 40 feet, but the vast majority of the fish are staging in about 7 feet and hanging tight to all the submerged trees that litter the entire reservoir. They’re simply waiting for a solid week of high temps and they’ll be all over the place, as long as the weather report holds true, we just may be there for the best week of the whole year. It’s safe to say that both my fingers and toes are crossed.

After doing a ton of research I was able to zone everything down to about six rods, mostly all are flippin’ sticks of course and if the rod blank doesn’t have the word “heavy” on it than it doesn’t make the trip. I made the commitment that I was after quality not quantity, I don’t care if I catch one bass as long as the scale tips past 10 pounds. I’ve never caught a 10 before and I would love to check that off my list of things to do.

I’ve attached pics of my set ups that I’m anticipating will do the trick. I’ll be sure to give a in depth report on what did and didn’t work once I get home. Here’s the starting line up.


This rig is sick!! It’s a Zoom Brush Hog on a MiHatchii Pro Flip Hook, a Gambler KO Flippin’ Skirt, with a 3/8 oz. Tru Tungsten Flippin’ Weight pegged with a Tru Tungsten Smart Peg. I’ll be using this to flip the wood on a G Loomis GLX Flippin’ Stick, and a Shimano Core, lined with 65 lb. Power Pro Braid. I’ll be hard pressed to set this rig down.


Here I got a 1/2 oz. Tru Tungsten Jig with a YUM Trailer. No matter where I’m fishing around the country, you can always be rest assured that I’ll have one of these tied on.


With reports of some real lunkers still being caught deep, and when I say deep I mean it, up to 40 feet, there’s no way I won’t be employing my favorite technique of throwing heavy roller jigs. If I can catch a 10+ out of deep structure on a football jig, I don’t even know what to say, I’d be speechless and anyone who knows me knows damn well it’s tough to make me speechless. Here I got a 1 oz. Super K Football Jig with a Gary Yamamoto Twin Tail Grub.


When you think prespawn shallow water, a spinnerbait better come to mind and this is no ordinary spinner. It’s a 3/4 oz. Biovex Stangun Spinnerbait, after I land the fish of a lifetime I want this bait to be absolutely pretzled beyond repair, it’ll be a trophy all on it’s own!

All for now, be sure to follow me via Facebook for updates from this trip and all others in the future. Wish us luck!

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