A Different Fish
Smallmouth bass fishing actually involves a fish with very different behavior patterns than the largemouth bass and many anglers aren't aware of this. The majority of bass anglers will fish the shoreline because it is the nature of the largemouth to stick to the still cover of the shore but the smallmouth prefers the stronger currents of open water.
There are a number of physical features that make the smallmouth bass much better adapted for stronger water currents than the largemouth but the most obvious are their pointed noses and the sharper angle of their fins that make them somewhat aerodynamic and more suited to hanging out in faster currents. These are important things to remember when smallmouth bass fishing.
They will often get behind a tree stump or rock and make a brief quick rush out to grab its prey. Largemouth can sometimes be found swimming in stronger current, but are more likely to be found in the still and protected waters of the shore line.
Looking for the Big Ones
Also big largemouth bass are reclusive and are usually found by themselves while smallmouth bass tend to group together. And the unique thing about this is that for some reason they will group by size, so that if you are catching fish about 10 to 12 inches long, you will rarely catch a bigger smallmouth in the same area. But by the same token, if you should catch a five pounder it's very possible that there are several more smallmouth bass of that size and even larger waiting for you. But one important thing to remember, when it comes to smallmouth bass fishing, you are dealing with an entirely different fish!