Curse of the 3-pounder

Digital scales are getting overly frequent use by the anglers this week at Lake Champlain. The reason why is the overabundance of 3-pound smallmouth.

"The 3.1- and 3.3 ounce smallmouth are so abundant that they can't get you to the 18-pound limit you need to keep advancing in the tournament," said Ed Loughran.

I used that quote because it's so odd that guys are basing success on mere ounces within a 3-pound class fish. That just goes to show you how much of an ounces-driven game we have this week.

"Now, what I really want is to catch those 3.5- and up to 4-pound pound smallmouth," added Loughran.

See what I mean? A game of ounces, literally.