From time to time, reader emails end up in my inbox, most often telling me about epic trips or memorable catches. I always try to respond to them all, but last week I got one from reader Bill Mitchell that I thought was blog-worthy. While floating the Shenandoah River recently, Mitchell's stepson Barry connected with a decent smallmouth. During the fight, the knot joining his line and leader failed, causing him to lose the bass. So the fellas rerigged and kept on floating. According to Mitchell, over an hour later and about a mile and half down river, Barry hooks the same smallmouth (below), complete with lost lure and leader hanging out of its mouth.