Well I hit my 'Ol Faithfull spot today. It wasnt looking too good until near the end. I was using a light action pinnacle rod w/ an ultra light shimano reel. I was hoping for 10 or more dink smallies, ended up w/ only one........ but it wasnt a dink. I hit my usual spots w/ no luck, lost about $10. in spinner/jigs, etc.... Then got what I thought was a snag, so I wlaked over to the "snag" only to hear & feel the drag being taken out. Oh yea, its a fish, a real live fish, my curse is gone. This fished stayed on the bottom for a while (3 minutes or so) I was using 4 lb line, s I had to be carefullm finall I got it in & up came the head of what I figured would ahve to be a channel cat, even though I was using a jig, well it ended up being my largest smallmouth to date. When I was 12 I caught a 19.5 inch smallie that weighed 3.5 lbs out of Erei, well this was 21.5 inches using the good ole finger method. I would ahve given $1K for a camera. My best guess was it was anywhere from 3.5-4 lbs, which to me is a huge smallie from the GMR. Am I correct by guesing the weight, doesn anyone have a better idea. I forgot to get the girth, This fish was way fatter than the one that my dad mounted for me when I was 12, it had a complete diff color though, much darker. I was so happy to finally catch a decent fish, although I was more happy to release it, I did hold it for a second & look at the amazing color & how heatly it looked.