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 Post subject: Downtown smallies
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 10:57 am 
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Me and a buddy went out to do some wading Friday morning. We went to the river walk by the Gervais street bridge in downtown Columbia. That's right where the Saluda and the Broad rivers flow together to form the Congaree river. We crossed over to the Broad river side, (the Columbia side) and went looking for some bronze backs.

I took my buddy in there last year and put him on his first smallie. Needless to say he's addicted to those little brown fish.

We loaded up the ultralite gear, some roostertails, small Rapala's, some small Terminator spinnerbaits, and of course some small topwater baits. I was actually throwing a slightly larger topwater bait in an attempt to catch a larger fish, but was mainly playing the role of guide for my buddy. He was wearing me out in the numbers department beings he was throwing the small stuff. His largest of the day was 1lb 10oz. He caught several (10 or so) in the 1lb to 1 1/2lb range. But me being the Jedi Master that I am ( :roll: ), I had to step up and show him how to catch the biggens.

The big girl weighed 4lbs 12oz. She is the largest SC smallie I've ever caught and it's only 1lb 5oz from my best ever, which i caught in MD. My previous best from SC came from nearly the same spot of the rive and it weighed just a hair over 3lbs. I caught it last year.

Anyway, I snapped a few pictures for your viewing enjoyment.

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(no fish were harmed during the making of these memories...and all were released)

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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 12:14 pm 
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Nice going, Archer! We were just talking about hitting the river near Columbia. Looks like we will have to give it a shot soon. Keep those reports comin!

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Super nice smalljaws. Like Drew said, now I know I'm going to try it out. Cola is a lot closer to Ache'n then Gaffme is, LOL ! ! ! !


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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 12:20 pm 
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Give me a heads up when you go. I'd be glad to steer you in the right direction. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
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Its remarkable that the smallies are doing as well as they are. Does anybody know if they have stock them any where other than Cherokee County? I haven't found anything saying where they have but since they are being found in Lake Monticello and all the way down to Columbia somethings working for them.

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Smallmouth were first stocked into Kings Creek in the mid eighties and shortly there after were stocked into the upper sections of the Broad River. Since 2003 they have been stocking smallmouth into the lower sections of the river below 99-islands and Neal Shoals. They don’t stock real heavy though, since 2003 the river has received about 2k 6” subadults and 8k 1.5” fingerlings each year. There is some natural reproduction, but they don’t know to what extent the fishery is supported by natural recruitment. Hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
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Hey those are some great pictures and looks lika yall had a blast. :cool:

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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 11:11 pm 
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basserdrew @ May 29th 2007, 10:58 pm wrote:
Smallmouth were first stocked into Kings Creek in the mid eighties and shortly there after were stocked into the upper sections of the Broad River. Since 2003 they have been stocking smallmouth into the lower sections of the river below 99-islands and Neal Shoals. They don’t stock real heavy though, since 2003 the river has received about 2k 6” subadults and 8k 1.5” fingerlings each year. There is some natural reproduction, but they don’t know to what extent the fishery is supported by natural recruitment. Hope this helps.


Thanks drew. I knew they stocked they all along the Cherokee County area(99 Island, Gaston Shoals and Cherokee Falls) but didn't know they had started stocking them Neal Shoals. Kings Creek is just below the 99 Island dam thats where I caught my 6 lbs smallie several years back. Neal Shoals is still along way from Columbia though and theres a lock and dam at Lockhart thats why I was wondering did they stock them below Lockhart.

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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
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That does it :lol: I've been driving over the bridge frequently wondering if it was worth a shot. I grew up wading the tributaries of lake erie fishing for the bronze back. Maybe I can renew some good old memories. Which Rapala works best?

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Guess this gives me yet another reason to want to get back to school. How deep was the section of the river that the fish were comin out of?


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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:33 am 
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Black and gold or black and silver Rapala's work well, as well as top water and small spinnerbaits.

There are some deep holes, but for the most part, the water I wade is now more than belly-button deep, and I'm six feet tall.

You have to keep an eye on the level though. Like this morning, SCE&G were pulling water overnight and the river was still a little too high this morning, but it was on it's way down. If it's high, it can be a bit dangerous.

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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:33 pm 
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Gave the river a try this past weekend and had a blast. Started around 10 or so in the morning and fished until 3, caught 12-15 smallmouth and a couple of lm. All fish were small, largest fish was only 13 inches but they made up for lack of size in their fight. Caugt all of them on a variety of topwaters (small popper was the best). Had one real nice lm (3-4lbs) on but lost it as I was working it in, got to enjoy a couple of jumps out of it first though.


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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:27 pm 
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Hey Archer, I live in Gilbert and have never seen or caught a smallie. Been thinking about taking a trip upstate for them, didn't know they were down this far. Can you catch them often or is it just certain times. I am very intrested and would appreciate any info or advice you could give me. Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Downtown smallies
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I went for the first time last Sunday and me and a friend of mine caught 19 smallies and 2 largemouth. I caught a smallie about 3lbs. It was very fun. If you go, please release these fish. This is a very good thing that they have there and if everyone starts keeping the fish, it will not be able to take that kind of abuse. Have fun and catch a bunch.


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