Fish Tales – Florence, Alabama Part Four

Left to right: Bill Huntley (T&H Marine). Ray Gresham and Tom Smith pose around 12 mounted bass from the Tennessee River from the 1960s. The mounts, which belong to Smith, were done by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL. The smallmouths are all between 6 and 7-pounds while the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Left to right: Bill Huntley (T&H Marine). Ray Gresham and Tom Smith pose around 12 mounted bass from the Tennessee River from the 1960s. The mounts, which belong to Smith, were done by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL. The smallmouths are all between 6 and 7-pounds while the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02. Photo Brenda Serrano.

In this segment of Fish Takes, videoed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November, 2014, veteran Tennessee River angler and famous bucktail jig maker Tom Smith talks about the 12-fish stringer he’s had since the early 70s. On this stringer, mounted by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL, there isn’t a smallmouth that weighs less than 6-pounds, topped by a 7-pounder, and the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02.

Smith caught all the smallmouths while five of the other six were caught by Roy Wilson. The last fish on the stringer was caught by Rick Kim.

The stringer of fish, caught in the 60s, is an example of how good the fishing was right after the dams were built and the lakes impounded. The stringer has been a famous part of sport shows for over 40 years.

Listen to Smith talk about the fish and how it was common back then to keep everything you caught. He mentions that they didn’t know you were supposed to release them – as has been the rule for nearly 40 years. It’s a great stringer of fish and a great look back in bass fishing history on the Tennessee River.