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Matt Smith, left, and Gary Muchler, work to bring a large mouth bass into Smith's bass boat with only minutes to spare while fishing off Dolly Bay in Lake Tarpon during the Lake Tarpon Tuesday Night Bass Fishing Tournament on Tuesday (7/18/17). The fish sealed second place for the duo.DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Lake Tarpon bass tournament still going strong after nearly 40 years (w/video)

TARPON SPRINGS — In the middle of Lake Tarpon standing near the bow of his 21-foot Ranger Z20 Comanche, Matt Smith cast his line, over and over, toward the water where several largemouth bass swam below the surface. Smith, a longtime fisherman, thinks of fishing like a puzzle. Each element — wind, barometric pressu …