When a bass struck and missed (or I missed the strike), the come-back cast to the same spot and fish was another matter. "Just let the bug sit there," Wheaton advised. "The fish already knows it's alive, so give him a chance to eat it." Again, I found remaining motionless for an eternity lasting 20 seconds or more to be excruciating. And again, Wheaton was right. Eventually, the fish came back to inhale the bug, and I was tight to a leaping smallmouth.