Hudson May's 4 Pound 9 oz Smallmouth!
This is a fishing story I'd like to share with y'all from my cousin Hudson May who was currently about 12 at the time, and while fishing at Lake Jocassee caught his first and biggest smallmouth to date! I love the story he wrote about it! It was also nominated as "Hanks's nice Catch" on the Berkely Big Fish site!
I was at lake jocassee (Devils Fork State park), fishing from the shore on the side of the bay that has the boat ramps. I originally was fisahing from the other side of the bay. But then I heard, from my dad, that there was this guy on the other side of the bay that needed a giant trout measured. So I grabbed my poles and ran. When I got there, he ended up having a 18 1/2 incher. That rainbow trout was 4 pounds 6 ounces! I was stunned. The fat jiggled, when I picked him up. I looked at the lure he was using. A smoked grayish blue minnow jerkbait. About a 2 1/2 inch, 1/8 ounce, holograph minnow. I snapped on a "silver" Rapala X-Rap 1/4 ounce slashbait. About the same color. About the same size, too. One cast, 4 seconds later... that hawg was on. The line broke when she was just out of my reach. I jumped in the icy cold lake jocassee water, saved the smallie, and got frostnip in 7 places because of it. She ended up being 18 1/2 inches and 4 pounds 9 ounces. Wintertime is a perfect time to smallie fish. I caught mine on December 31st, 2008. The wind was howling and it was colder than anything down south! It was 4:45 pm before dinner and the couds covered the sky. I casted up at a point (from shore) near the boat docks. Using a snapped swivel. I jerked it 2 times then cranked it. I didn't even set the hook! I just reeled faster (I have a tendency to do that). Hope this helps!
(Wrote by Hudson May)