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.
Steve Kennedy utilized a swimbait during the Advance Auto Parts Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair and on Day 3 managed to catch two smallmouth, back-to-back, to get his day going in the right direction.
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.