It was a fine day in late summer. My friend Lewis and I were fishing for largemouth bass on a small lake — fishing as opposed to catching. After four hours, having tried nearly every bass lure in our tackleboxes, we hadn’t caught a fish. Soon we came upon several anglers in johnboats fishing the edge of a big willow thicket. They were using long jigging poles to maneuver tiny jigs into pockets of water in the brush.
“Looks like they’re catching some crappie,” my friend Lewis said. “You wouldn’t mind doing some panfishing, would you?” He needn’t have asked. I already was rigging a 1/32-ounce jig on a long pole and was looking for an opening we could fish.
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