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?
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...