Most days see the spry 78-year-old from Selma, Ala., sitting up front in his johnboat holding a 20-foot Shakespeare Wonder Pole in both hands and slowly cruising the shorelines with a trolling motor. When he finds a partially submerged tree or some likely looking vegetation, he places his lure and his right hand begins a rhythmic jiggle. The rod's tip taps the water just in front of his lure, creating a tiny, repetitive splash. After a while, the tapping becomes almost hypnotic, until the lure disappears in a swirl and a splash, and the long black jiggerpole bends double. All of this takes place within 15 feet of the bow. Because the fish is tethered to the rod by just a short-length of heavy line, the pole absorbs all the shock. Fisher slides his hands up the pole, shortening the distance between him and the fish, until he is able to grab its lower lip.