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This past Saturday I took my brother out on the St. Lawrence river looking for Smallies... to see if they are starting to school up for the cold water season. We fished from 15 feet to 55 feet all depths produced fish. I love the clean clear water of the St. Lawrence...you can see the fish 20 feet down watch them put thier head down and try to dog you to the bottom and any weeds or structure and then turn a 180 and head straight for the surface ...breaking the water like a polaris missle... shaking thier head trying to throw the hook.

We launched out of Morrisburg Ontario just as the sun was coming up



Drop shot was the tool of the day,working a drop shot in fast heavy current means a lot of trolling motor use. Mike was the first to hook up



in fact Mike landed a few before I had one that stayed pinned



I finnaly got one to stay pegged



We moved a few times too see if we could find bigger fish ..again we found fish almost every where... we also got a few of these in the 20 foot mark



Mike with a nice smallie ...not big but just a barrel of fun fighting from 40 feet down



We moved up river to Presscot Ontario passing under the international bridge



Passed the Canadian Coast Gaurd Station at Prescot



we had to dodge a few of these out there



from there we decied to sit back and take a lazt boat ride down the St.Lawrence ... beautiful body of water.

I was using a Shimano Crucial Drop shot Rod with a Stradic CI4 reel with 8 pound "P" Line Floro a home made drop shot weight, and using a variety baits... Gulp alive shad, K.O. Minnows, Senkos ..etc.
 

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Again with the World Class Smallie action from you northern guys, gotta get up there some day. Saw the Bass Master's Elite Series on ESPN from there, definitely some fatties and clear water, almost all the pros were using drop shots - So you were right on with your choice.
 

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Those fish are in the 3 plus pound class... once they put on the feed bag in the fall we start looking for those 5 and 6 pounders:)
 

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We caught a couple of dozen all about the same size... so we only took a few pictures. We wanted to get them back in the water ASAP so we wouldn't have any fatalities... fish coming up from those depths rarly survive in a livewells..
 

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Nice job. Thanks for sharing the pics as well. Beautiful fish. How old do you think those big bronze backs are. I know they grow faster on gobies but the growing season is still probably 6 months at best.
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Nice job. Thanks for sharing the pics as well. Beautiful fish. How old do you think those big bronze backs are. I know they grow faster on gobies but the growing season is still probably 6 months at best.
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Steve...I would give those fish 4 to 5 years old, the water is cold and the current is unbelievable. there are a lot of bait fish, gobys being one of them.. Perch Sunfish, Shad, Crayfish are also part of thier diet.
 

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Thanks> I would have guessed 7 to 8 years at least just due to the growing season. Down in southern NY watersheds i guessing at least this much for 3 plus pound smallies but then we also do not have the gobies.
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