What lures do you use for smallmouth? Spinning rod or fly rod?
How do they compare to trout as far as taste is concerned? Never had fried smallmouth bass-come to think of it, I have never had fried largemouth bass. May have to try that here shortly.
ecubackpacker, I was using my spinning rod and I caught the larger one on a small, I believe number six, hook with a fat nightcrawler threaded onto the hook and line with no weight. Due to the rig being so light you can't cast very far maybe fifteen yards or so max, but that's all you need in rocky brushy coves as the fish are usually close to shore. Then I let the worm sink and slowly slowly bring it back on the bottom. I guess the same way most fish plastic worms, but I use a live one. We catch darn near every species trout, walleye, perch, bass, cats, bluegills, with that method. The smaller one I caught on a Mister Twister white jig with a florescent green jig head jigged on the bottom. The white or chartruess jigs or usually deadly on walleye and bass.
As far as taste goes many people I know including myself consider walleye, crappie, and bass, among the best tasting freshwater fish. I fillet every thing I catch including trout. I then dip it in either a beer or milk and egg batter then dip into seasoned flour and fry it a few minutes in medium to medium high heat. I fried the bass and trout for my folks last night and interestingly my dad who usually prefers bass thought the trout were quite excellent. Definitely try some bass when you get a chance and being you're in North Carolina isn't your state known for good bass fishing?
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...