Tailrace smallies

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Posted by jd on October 17, 2003 at 08:19:32:

I am getting very close to taking a guest out to see Wilson and/or Pickwick and try something I have never done before. I am familiar with stripe fishing, but smallie fishing seems a little different.

Based on the previous advise of Alex, Scott Shaw, and Chris, I have two plans. Light jigs w/ 6 lb. line on the bluffs and drifting w/ 8 lb. line. When drifting, will I need a barrel weight and swivel, or should I just free line the bait? I expect the current to be light on weekends and cranked up during the week. I guess this is perhaps the deciding factor.

Will I be able to dip shad, or do I need a cast net?
At G-ville dam, it is usually necessary to walk down to the wall and get bait, but I am not sure about Wilson and Wheeler dam. Will I be able to get bait from the boat without interfering with people fishing from the bank?

Any final tips are appreciated!

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