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Capturing biggie smalls in the river: some tips

A smallmouth bass caught and released in the Housatonic River. Even modestly sized smallmouth put up a considerable fight. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Ahh, summer. The water temperature in the Housatonic rises to about 80 degrees, the flow is reduced to a trickle, the trout go into the Witness Protection Program and smallmouth bass is the name of the game.

I’ve been targeting Housatonic smallmouth bass for about six years now, which means I am an advanced rookie.

That means that I don’t know much, but at least I have a good idea of what I don’t know.

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