Hey I’m Bassmaster Pro Jimmy Mason. TodayI want to talk to you today about one of myfavorite ways to fish for pre-spawn smallmouth. Today we’re on Pickwick, which is my favoritesouthern smallmouth lake. This time of yearthe smallmouth are gorging and getting readyto spawn. They’re feeding on big threadfinand gizzard shad. Pickwick, Wilson, and allof the Tennessee River are current lakes. So what I want to do is look for areas wherethe current is broken so the fish have somethingthey can get behind. One of my favorite dealsthis time of year is gravel bars. As a gravelbar goes out into the current, it causes awash. Depending on the level of current youcan get an area where the fish can get outof the slight current and chase the bait. When I’m fishing this my favorite lure forthat is the YUM Money Minnow. This is a 5″swimbait. This is the Foxy Shad color andit imitates the thread fin and gizzard shadvery well. It’s got that little splash ofchartreuse shoulder down there and this isa 1/2-ounce Buckeye J-Will head. Also dependingon the current I may go up to a 3/4 and ifit’s really light maybe a 3/8. But typically1/2 ounce is the smallest I use because thatgives me more lure control as I’m trying towash it into the current. We’re sitting offthe end of a gravel bar and what I want todo is get my boat slightly downstream fromit. I want to cast up past the tip. I picturein my mind the current coming around. If it’sreally flowing I’m going to be able to seea seam line where that current is breaking. If it’s a more gentle current or if they’repulling less water then I’m going to haveto picture in my mind where that current iscoming around. But I want to cast up pastthat seam/ current break and slowly retrievemy lure so that I’m bringing it into thatseam and letting it float around. I’m lettingthat current wash it around. Those fish aregoing to be sitting inside this more slackwater out of the current and letting the baitget washed to them. My goal when I’m retrievingmy bait is I want to let that bait wash inand let that current take the bait to thefish. So you’re kind of fishing on a controlledslack. You’re retrieving your lure so thatyou’re pulling most of the slack out of theline and keeping a little forward motion toit. But a lot of that movement is going tobe the natural current pushing the bait forward. When it washes into the current a lot of timesyou’ll see your line jump before you feelthe bite. So you really want to pay attentionto your line, the tip of your rod, and letthat current take the bit to the fish.