i inherited a new-to-me pontoon over the winter thanks to the generosity of @SaltyCutt and some lucky timing. i've never used one previously, and while i live in lake stevens i've also never fished the lake. a trial run for both felt like a good plan for my first outing of 2020, which was last friday. i've caught only a small handful of smallmouth in my life, but that's what i was targeting. most of the time when i fish for bass it is lmb and i want fish for the tank at home, so 6-8 inches is what i'm after but i've caught a handful of big ones too and while i think they're beautiful and fascinating as predators, they don't overly impress as fighters - most of the time. their will to kill seems much stronger than their will to live. not so with the smallies i hooked friday. jeez. it was a handful to keep them out of structure in the first few seconds of the fight, and then they alternately jumped with headshakes or bulldogged hard. i think i hooked 7 in all, and landed two. most of the fish i lost were similar in size to the larger of the two pictured fish, which I'm guessing was ~18"-19". i was miffed by how hard it was to keep them buttoned in spite of feeling like i was doing the right things, but super impressed by these fish. the boat was a joy to use after a lifetime of float tubes, so thanks again @SaltyCutt !