Giant Goose Ranch

Stream Stalker

A Weekend Full of Smallies

Wed, October 01, 2014

This past weekend was a full smallmouth bass weekend.  Started out on Saturday with a guide trip with Ken Grumet.  Ken has been coming with me on trips for years.  He is a great guy and angler.  Ken and I did a float trip.  The river was in perfect shape and the weather was incredible.  The smallies did not disappoint.  After a slow start the first hour or two, the bass started to feed.  At the end of the 8 hour trip, Ken had 30 smallies landed.  Highlight of the trip was Ken’s personal best - 18.5 inches:

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Caught on a buzzbait.  Of course, it was an exciting battle.  I never get used to those big river smallies….....they still get me excited.  So excited that you can see that the picture above is not one of my best photos.  I was so excited for Ken that I did not take into effect where the sun was located and the fact that my lens was a little dirty.  Luckily, Ken had a camera also.

Ken caught fish on a buzzbait, hula grub, and the KVD 1.5 crankbait.

Then on Sunday I traveled up to fish with my buddy Jim.  We got the Coosa kayaks out and did an early morning float.  Once again, everything was right - weather and river conditions.  Unfortunately, the fish had other ideas.  Catching was pretty slow.  I caught one and Jim caught three.  I lost a GIANT smallie right at the boat.  Trying to forget it…..........

Here are a couple of pics.
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My guiding season is wrapping up for 2014.  It was a great year as numbers were up for clients and we caught many more larger fish than we did in 2013.  I will still accept guide trips through October provided clients have waders.

My thoughts are now turning to my pursuit of another Muskie on the fly.  Planning to hit the water on Saturday…..............cross your fingers for me.



River Bassin’ Still Strong

Tue, August 12, 2014

Wrapped up my weekday guiding season for this summer.  I will now be guiding on weekends only.  Fishing has been good.  Plenty of smallies and a few good ones as well including this 18 incher caught yesterday by Frank Briggs:

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The topwater bite continues to be good…....even during the mid -day.  Another topwater fish by Frank:

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We have even had some big fish pop up that are not real common on the river.  Dave caught these with the fly rod:

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Clients and I have been having a great time.  I still have many weekend dates open in Sept.

CAMP Smallmouth River Guide Service 309-399-7055



Topwater is Tops

Wed, August 06, 2014

The great smallie bite continues.  My last two guide trips have been a blast for me and my clients.  Many smallies falling for the buzzbait and the popper… has truly been an amazing bite.  We are catching smallies in very clear, shallow water.  Normally at this time of the year the fish are stacked up in the remaining deep water holes.  Not so this year… least yet.  They are inhabiting spots that have current and have water willow growing on the bank.  Clients are catching about 25-30 smallmouth per trip with 90 percent on topwaters.  Sure makes guiding a lot of fun when you sit back and tell the anglers where to target and they catch fish.  Been taking a lot of fish off the hook lately….....which is great.  Here are a couple of pics:

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I have four guided fly fishing trips upcoming…..........really excited about these trips.  If the topwater bite continues, the fly guys should mop up.  Presently, I no longer have any weekday openings as I head back to school on the 18th.  I do have many weekend openings…...especially in September.

CAMP Smallmouth River Guide Service   309-399-7055



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