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Lowen adding a big kid

Lowen adding a big kid

By James Hall

As a storm bears down on Bill Lowen, a ray of sunshine peaks through his day of clouds in the form of a 4-pound smallmouth. “Finally!” he yelled. He is able to cull a 1 1/2 pounder and add an adult...

Lowen is babysitting

Lowen is babysitting

By James Hall

“Man, it’s like I’m living in the nursery today,” Lowen yelled as he boated another 2-pounder. His bites have been less frequent than the past two days and the quality is certainly lacking in...

Here Today

Here Today

By James Hall

The rapid bites for Bill Lowen have slowed to a crawl. He has landed a few short fish, but the big smallmouth he’s been catching off his morning stop seemed to have disappeared. “Here today, gone...

Cardiac test

Cardiac test

By James Hall

“My heart can’t take it!” yelled Bill Lowen, as he slid his second keeper, a 3-pound smallie, into his livewell. He is fishing an area with very heavy current. These brown bass already have a...

Turtle moving fast

Turtle moving fast

By James Hall

One indicator of who might win any particular 4-day derby becomes apparent after the Day 2 weigh in. The guys at the very top of the leaderboard are considered the favorites, but the anglers who...

Harvey’s light bulb

Harvey’s light bulb

By James Hall

Our timing today has been impeccable. For the fourth time this afternoon, an angler sets the hook on a bass as we pull up to photograph him. It is Harvey Horne, and he is ecstatic. He has already...

Derby of extremes

Derby of extremes

By James Hall

It seems this year’s version of Smallmouthfest on the St. Lawrence will be defined by extremes. We have seen anglers fishing in 40 feet ... and others casting in 5. And we watched competitors with...

Snowden about done

Snowden about done

By James Hall

We jumped down the river and found Brian Snowden. As we pulled up, he set the hook. The fish went skyward. After a fairly short battle, Snowden landed the fish. “Five pounds!” he replied after I...

Heartbreak and triumph

Heartbreak and triumph

By James Hall

We were able to see both ends of an Elite Series pro’s emotional spectrum over the course of just a couple minutes. Shane LeHew hooked up on a big fish, carefully played it for a couple of minutes...

All about the chase

All about the chase

By James Hall

The traffic in Miami was terrible. That said, traffic in Miami is always terrible. Still, bumper­-bumper vehicles is not something you typically deal with when moving from one waypoint to the next...

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