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.
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.