Hank Cherry just set his rod down on the boat deck, took a couple slugs on a soft drink, then reached down to touch his toes and stretch his back.
"Man, this is wearing me out," he said.
Cherry picked his rod back up and went to work, catching another 2 1/2-pound smallmouth. It weighed exactly 2 1/2 pounds because Cherry put it on the scales. And it didn't help him.
Cherry's standards for another keeper are pretty high right now, obviously. He's only got one fish in the livewell weighing less than 3 pounds.