I feel the series of aerobatic events depicted above in Dave Whitlock’s work, “Smallmouth Joy!” have happened to me so many times that I cannot help but smile and laugh. Despite all my angling misfortunes that played out in similar manner on the water- I think that’s reason I like this scene. It’s the ones that got away that drive you the most.

Thank you Mr. Whitlock for singing it for me. I’ll always treasure it.

Mr. Smallmouth Bass you bastard… I’ve learned better. No slack, rod low and to the side.

See you on the high ground,