The Pursuit of Trophy Smallmouth: My Life In A Kayak Book by Jeff Little E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2009 18:34

The Pursuit of Trophy Smallmouth: My Life In A Kayak
By Jeff Little

kayak fishing book

Lets lay it out this way....

Beginning and veteran anglers alike will gain incredible insight from the mind of author Jeff Little - aka Yakfish with his book. Little has been fishing for smallmouth bass from a kayak for the past 15 years and generously shares his proven system for finding and catching trophy smallmouth bass. The author has logged countless hours fishing eastern lakes and rivers from a kayak and caught more than 100 citation (over 20-inch) smallmouths. Special sections on Choosing and Rigging The Right Kayak For Your Needs, Kayak Fishing Gear And Accessory List, Kayak Fishing Skills, a Paddling Primer as well as Locating Fish Throughout The Seasons on Rivers and Targeting Trophy Smallmouth and more make up the eight easy reading chapters. Original artwork by Greg Welsh also illustrates Little's book.

Here's an excerpt that demonstrates Little's ability to explain in detail how to catch bigger than average smallies: 

"Any smallmouth fisherman who spends enough time on the water will catch the occasional citation bass. Anglers who catch them consistently have a different approach. Concentration, persistence, willingness to catch fewer fish and a dedication to pattern development are characteristics that set these trophy hunters apart from the average fisherman. The late Capt. Jack West guided on the James and New Rivers in Virginia. He had a concept he used to catch trophy smallies that addresses lure choice, presentation location and presentation style. He called it "BDS" which simply means, 'Bigger, Deeper, Slower'. The concept helped many of his clients successfully land oversized smallies from the James and the New.

I have often caught smallmouth 20 inches or longer with a six-inch crawfish or seven-inch bluegill sticking out from the back of the fish's throat. Three-inch tube baits will catch lots of bass, and will occasionally attract a large fish, but a five-inch bait greatly increases your odds of a catching a big fish. I often look for new baits to try in the saltwater section of the tackle shop. A 14-inch Rappahannock River smallmouth once managed to fit my nine-inch Bass Assassin soft jerkbait inside its mouth. Don't be afraid to try soft baits up to 10 inches in length. 

Along with a big meal, the granddaddy of all smallmouth prefers a big house. Deeper water affords fish the ability to hide from overhead predators. Certain features of a pool also add to the attractiveness of a home for pig smallies. Rich Coffman of Ashburn, Virginia has a great ability to locate and recognize trophy smallmouth water. When we fish together, he usually calls me on a two-way radio and says, 'I smell bacon!'"

To order your copy send $16.95 plus $4.25 shipping and handling to Woods & Waters Publishing, 75 Edgewood Dr., Mineral, VA 23117. To order online visit www.woodsandwatersmagazine.com and click on the online store where you'll find Little's book for sale.

 

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