Today we continue looking at the first year of Smallmouth, this time volume 1 issue 6. It’s a cool issue in that on the front cover, long-time bass fishing writer Darl Black has a feature on Lake Erie smallmouth fishing. Black gives a complete synopsis on the fishery and it’s really interesting to compare to the Lake Erie fishery we have today. For example, gone are the hordes of pelagic smallmouth that used to feed on the schooling herring in 40, 50 and even 60 feet of water. If you’re a Lake Erie enthusiast, it’s a great article to read.
The second page features Billy Westmorland’s column and this month he went into color and how important he felt it was. I really liked this article because it falls along the same lines of what I’ve felt for many years. Color matters only to the angler – which in itself is very important. You may agree or you may not. It’s always a great discussion, though.
Page three continues with Black’s feature from page one but also has a funny little update on the 13-year locust migration and how the smallies in various states had turned on to them. I’d hate to have to deal with that pattern.
The final page of the July Newsletter had a piece penned by Tom Zenanko on fishing smallies from the shore. Last month Rodgers had printed a piece on streamside smallie tactics and this piece by Zenanko showed that Rodgers was into showing everyone, with or without a boat, that they too could enjoy the old brown fish.
The entire issue is posted below.
[Editor’s Note: Over the Christmas break between December 24th and January 2nd, we’ll be taking time off to spend with our loved ones. During that time each day we’ll feature Smallmouth Magazine’s newsletters from Volume 1 Issue 8 through Volume 1 Issue 12 and then through Volume 2 Issue 2. This will take us through February 1986, the second year of the newsletter.]