There were numerous Elite Series anglers that had intense battles with smallmouth at the side of the boat. Some came off, but these close calls ended on a good note as Brock Mosley, Jason Christie and Bradley Roy all managed to land their fish.
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.
Mark Daniels Jr. landed a good smallmouth just a few moments before he packed up and left to head in for final weigh-in. Video by cameraman Russell Williams.