BassWestUSA - January/February, 2010, Page 61

Chris Lane discusses how he applies his favorite topwater technique during the spawn.

“Down here in Florida and in other parts of the country, bass will fly off their beds to chase down a frog. My first B.A.S.S. win came on Lake Okeechobee when the bass were bedding. Throughout that tourna- ment the sun was shining, the wa- ter warmed up and the bass were hiding up under the vegetation. The small, silver dollar-sized lily pads were one of the keys there. Beds were located throughout the flat but the bass had repositioned under the closest pad. I was using a Gambler Lures Cane Toad and when I would bring it over the top, they would crush it. The bite was just incredible.” Chris believes that not one weather condition is more suitable for throwing the buzz frog over another. Sunny or overcast skies does not make as much of a difference in how a bass reacts than the density of overhead cover, time of year and/or water tem- perature. Chris’ Third Place finish in the 2009 Elite Series tournament on Lake Dardanelle supports his theory. “Dardanelle has so many fish and it was setting-up just right for the spawn. Shallow, sandy flats were what I was key- ing in on there. One spot in particular had a little ditch running through it which of- fered an area for the fish to come into as the water warmed later in the day and a spot to pull out to when it cooled at night. Many people think that if the water cools during the spawn, bass will leave, but I

January/February 2010

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