Sometimes swinging fish into the boat can be a faster way to land a bass, but the size and strength of smallmouth can deceive you. Swing them in the boat at your own risk, but if you're using light line take the extra time to grab them.
Jason Christie toys with a smallmouth that he saw on his electronics. He gave a great smallmouth seminar on being persistent and keeping his bait in the strike zone even after missing a bite.
The Advance Auto Parts Bassmaster Elite Series event at Lake St. Clair experienced four different lead changes with Jason Christie taking the final lead to win the final regular season event of the 2017 season.