Landing smallies…is great! It’s half the fun of fishing for them ol’ brown fish â€“ except in a tourney, when it can be the most stressful part of the day.
Mike Iaconelli (in this article) says he uses his boat to cut down on smallie jump-offs:
I use the boat as a landing aide. For me that style developed over the years. What I noticed, especially smallmouth fishing, is that when you get those smallmouth on, they go crazy.
Youâ€™d always lose a lot when that fish was jumping or with their super-hard surges. But when Iâ€™d get that fish next to or against the hull of the boat it does two things. One, it actually slows the fish down a bit â€“ I guess he feels trapped; he has less water to run around in. The other thing is it stops that fish from jumping. When youâ€™ve got that big smallmouth on and he gets the urge to jump but he looks up and thereâ€™s the side of your hull, he doesnâ€™t want to hit his head.
Now Iâ€™m actually using the side of my boat as a trap, as a wall. Iâ€™m using the boat to calm the fish down, to stop it from jumping and ultimately when I get the fish worn down enough, when I get the fish close enough in, Iâ€™m using it as a surface to pin the fish.
Interesting, eh? I’m sure he’s not the only one who does this â€“ do you? Honestly I’d be a bit chicken to try it in case I the fish jumped at the boat and launched the bait at me. Gonna have to watch how Ike does it.