I have often wondered how many times I've caught the same fish over and over again on this lake.
Remember the longest running fishing show used to catch, RF tag, name, release and track one or two bass a few days before filming the show while a tournament fished the lake
Only once in the long history of the show did a tagged fish actually get caught. Must have been over the years, thousands of tournament anglers fishing for a tagged bass. Often they were casting quite near the tagged bass that only stayed in one area for a day to so.
There are just so many more numbers of bass in most any small area of a lake that our odds of randomly catching a given specific one (one that we caught before) must be very small. Now if we learn exactly which stump, brushpile or rock a bass frequents and we revisit the spot within a few days, the recatch odds might improve. I think one summer, I caught the same bass on a very isolated stump on Gibbons several weekends in a row. No, you cannot get my GPS coordinates.