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Tips on Maximizing Your Areas

I always say “You never leave fi sh to fi nd fi sh” and that is so true when fi shing in the springtime since the areas you likely fi nd will replenish. I prefer to fi nd them with search baits but also realize that I may need to revisit these areas and employ slightly different tactics to catch a few more throughout the day, and that usually means slowing down and fi shing a fi nesse worm. There is simply not a better and easier way I know to consistently do this than with a shakey jig and worm. The cool thing about this is on your initial visit you have already determined where the bass live so you really get to maximize your time and effort by target fi shing these areas again but with a more subtle presentation. I favor Gary Yamamoto Custom Bait’s 5 inch Pro Senko (Series 9P) matched with the Series 36 Gary’s Swim Jig head in 3/16 oz. The way this head is designed makes it come through cover better and really seems to hook every bass in the roof of their mouth allowing you to land more fi sh. It’s a fairly simple technique but just make sure you keep the bait in contact with the bottom and watch your line for slight movements that signal a pickup.

ing to maximize my time and the potential strike zone of the bass and by selecting 8 foot of water and less dramatically reduces the amount of water I need to focus on. It also de nes the strike zone of the bass and makes bait selection easier. For this scenario I will select a bait like the Rapala Crankin Rap in the CRR8 series. This bait will run 7-8 feet deep on about 12 pound line and also has a rounded lip which dives a little faster and has a nice tight wiggle. With this bait I can fan cast out around the area and located submerged cover and structure not visible to the eye. I am quick to keep moving unless I start catching some sh. So far, no strikes and I move to my second area and it’s another point with a channel swing but this one has some visible cover and more speci c, stumps. Now I need another took for effectively shing visible targets and that is the same family of Rapala crankbait but in shal- lower CRR3 and CRR5 versions. These two baits differ slightly from the rounded bill version and feature a square bill that makes them excel when targeting visible cover. One of the crucial things you need to do to initiate a strike is make contact with the cover and get the bait to de ect and there is no greater way to do this than with square bill baits. I notice that this point has some deeper stumps just barely under the water and some that are real shallow so I want to start my search with the CRR5 that goes a bit deeper and I can target the deeper stumps rst as to not disturb the shallower ones, I start catching sh and after thoroughly shing the deeper ones, I switch to the target the shallower stumps with the CRR3 that runs 3 foot deep and manage to catch a few more sh but notice they are a little smaller. This was key informa- tion as I have probably discovered that the bass are located on channel swing points that have cover and the better sh right now are located on the deeper stumps. Only time will tell if this pattern can be dupli- cated as I now continue and re ne my search to locate a similar point or points. Also bear in mind that as the day may warm up the bass would probably move up to some of the shallower stumps. For now the next similar point I encounter, I will be shing with the pattern than is catching the larger sh.

» TAKING ADVANTAGE

The above scenario is an example of pattern shing and more spe- ci cally, nding the pattern within the pattern. Sure we were catching them on points near channel swings, but the key ingredient between area one and two was the presence of shallow water cover namely

OF THE PATTERN WITHIN

After nding bass with search baits, DelVisco often re shes the areas with a slower presentation like a shakey worm.

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