I just caught up with University of Wisconsin La Crosse anglers Hettinga and Genrich. They have three fish in the boat; all under 12 inches. The frustrating part is that they have released three fish in the slot, a 13-incher, 16-incher, and 17 3/4-inch fish.
All three caused considerable and obvious anguish to team. But they're keeping calm. The good news, they're getting bit. It's only a matter of time before one of those fish is 18 inches long. At least that's what you have to keep telling yourself.
... Another 17 1/2-inch fish goes back for the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.