When fishing for bluegill the other day, my daughter got a couple smallmouths. She offered them to a guy fishing for flathead bait with a cast net, but he said he couldn't use them because there's a $150 fine for doing that. Now, according to the regs in SC, it says the size limit on bass is 12", but it seems like it pertains to largemouths, and only on the Georgia side of the Savannah, and a few SC lakes- not the Saluda river. For one thing, I don't know if too many smallmouths get over 12", and I'm curious if there's any regs on bass at all on the Saluda except for the catch limit of ten. Also, are they any good for flathead bait if we are allowed to use 'em?