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On Grass and Water: In praise of catching and eating smallmouth bass

You always know the moment you’ve hooked into a smallmouth bass. 

Something about a hook being set into a smallie’s jaw sets off an explosion. It’s sorta like punching Bruce Banner in the face. The ordinarily mild-mannered member of the sunfish family flips the switch to Beast Mode, and before you know it, the fish is trying to pull into the lake so you can fight face-to-face.  

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