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where are the big smallmouth in southern new hampshire.

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Up north. Jaystraw gave this place to try Gregg Lake in Antrim . He told me this is a good place for them. It's in the clarks book. Figure about an hour drive. Good luck post some pictures if you get out there.

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I could hit the merrimack with you tommorow. Give me a call if you want to go. Gregg lake will have to be a whole day thing and will have to plan it. I still have not put the tracker away yet.

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Hey nashua fisherman, i have heard of some people pulling nice smallies out of pawtuckaway, ive seen pictures of 5lb'rs caught there, and heard of bigger. i have never fished there, not a great lake for a canoe ;)

-matt-

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i fished gregg lake a couple of times and i was targetting the largemouth in there. caught a 4.7 lber but only a few smallmouth nothing of size. but i too have heard of some decent smallies in there. its pretty deep in the middle so i would assume you could find some nice fish there

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Hey nashua fisherman, i have heard of some people pulling nice smallies out of pawtuckaway, ive seen pictures of 5lb'rs caught there, and heard of bigger. i have never fished there, not a great lake for a canoe ;)

-matt-

Matt,

I haven't heard of smallies in Pawtuckaway, but there is a ton of largemouth.  I'm not sure why you say it isn't good for canoes.  I grew up fishing there out of a canoe.  Launch out of Fundy Cove in Nottingham, and you'll see what I mean.  You can actually paddle back under the bridge at the launch and catch quite a few back up there where the bigger boats can't go.

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Thinking that you may want some information with regards to where on any body of water in southern NH, not which body of water specifically, I'll tell you what I know.

Use your electronics. Find bait fish - smelt, perch or bluegill - on deep (30' - 50') shelves or drop offs. You find a few good size bait balls and you're going to tie into some dandy smallies. The big girls are out there. They are rarely up shallow this time of the year - unless that's the only place the bait is. And that doesn't usually occur until after a few hard frosts.

Once you find them, if you encounter weeds (and in some bodies of water you will find weeds this deep), use the drop shot, with a Robo worm nose hooked and/or wacky rigged (some days they prefer one over the other). If the ledge or drop off is solid, use a heavy tube or weighted wacky rigged Senko. You can also wacky rig a 5" Senko on the drop shot, using a heavier weight; like a 1/2 oz..

Hope this is what you're looking for.  ;)

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