Randy Howell is still twitching, jerking and popping away, but the fish aren't interested in whatever he's showing them. He makes frequent visits to his rod locker, stowing one stick and pulling out another. He still has only that one good bass in his livewell, but every time he passes us, he is smiling.
Correction--just this second, as Howell grabbed the pull rope on his trolling motor in preparation for yet another move, a big smallmouth inhaled his bait. He flipped it into the boat and now he's smiling for real. That fish will go over 4, giving him 7 pounds for the morning, by our estimates. We might stay put a while.