The October issue of Smallmouth Newsletter went back to the original four-page layout of most of the other 1985 issues but this one was jam packed with some really good pieces. For one, the newsletter starts out with an article by Tom Zenanko on targeting Autumn smallies. A good overall piece that would give the would-be smallie angler a good idea what to expect when chasing the brown fish as the weather turned cooler.
The second page, though, had a really good piece by Bassmaster writer and Harry-n-Charlie legend, Don Wirth. Wirth wrote about using Bassmaster Classic winner Jack Chancellor’s Do-Nothin’ technique to wrangle smallies. In typical Wirth fashion, the article has a couple of good one-liners but most of all, it’s filled with great tips on how to fish the rig for smallmouths.
The third page is a continuation of Billy Westmorland’s column, and in this iteration he talks about fishing smallies on top. His go-to lures being the AC Shiner and the Bagley’s Bang-O Lure. The thing I like about his column so far is he’s put a lot more into these works than what he put into his book, Them Ole’ Brown Fish. Not to say his book didn’t have much in it, because it did, but he’d already written that book and this information he’d learned after the printing of the book.
The final article in the newsletter, on page four, is interesting in that it pertains to smallmouth fishing on the Great Lakes and is an introduction to a drift-fishing method that may have been the birth of the use of drift socks. This article, written by Hank Andrews, talks about using sash weights and chain to slow a boat’s drift while fishing shoals. They claim that the weights, being dragged along the bottom, kick up crayfish and other bottom-dwelling critters, actually acts as chum and will turn the fish on to feed. I’m not sure if it’s still used but it could definitely be something worth trying.
The entire newsletter is shown below. Remember to click on the images for a bigger picture that you can read.