Before yesterday, I'd never caught a South Carolina smallmouth, so I jumped at the opportunity to join a friend on the Broad River just above Columbia. I've heard the bite has been hot, and that smallies approaching 20-inches have been caught.
Using Mepps Aglia spinners and soft plastic crawdads, we caught and released over 20 smallmouth in a day's worth of fishing, and added 3 largemouth to those numbers. The fish averaged around 12-14 inches, and a few of them went over 18".
I left the water sunburned and sore, but it was a day of fishing firsts and one I'm sure I'll not forget.
PhotosByBrianCope: These are two of the smallmouth bass I caught yesterday on the Broad River.