I spent a long weekend looking for smallies on Lake Nantahala. I tried everything from topwater, deep diving cranks (down to 20ft), and deep water jigs without any luck. I just could not find the smallies. Out of frustration, I started beating the bank for large mouth. Not a lot of numbers, but some BIG fish! Caught two on a shallow diving crankbait, and the big one on a black Senko. Awesome little lake, out in the middle of nowhere, but quiet even on a holiday weekend.