I’ve never been a huge fan and or impressed with the Smallmouth on the Nade. But, yesterday I changed my mind. I put in at a public ramp solo and ran a couple miles up before I noticed my fuel gauge was at 2.6 gallons !! Not cool. I guess I fish nearly every day and sometimes it slips my mind but I reacted instantly and decided that whatever looked good in the next mile or so I would sit on it and figure something out. I guess I’m a good judge because I set down and immediately see I am in 16’ of dead water with maybe a slight bit of back flow. That means water is literally running the wrong direction. I immediately toss a swim bait as far as I can and let it slowly fall to the bottom. As soon as I moved it a few inches that oh so familiar feel of a winter smallmouth loading up on my rod. I fished for 2 hours without moving off the same spot. 40-50 fish. 8 smallies and the rest were spots. All keepers or bigger. 4 of the smallie were big imo. I didn’t try any different baits on them because it was clear they were on bait fish and the 3.5” swimmers I throw were the ticket. Water was dirty and deep. Fish were glued to the bottom. I don’t know any other method that would’ve worked. This is strictly my opinion, but the Meramec has bigger Smallmouth, and the Nade has the numbers. Don’t attack me on this one. Just my opinion. I think I’ll go hunting tomorrow.