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but the real test is to pay close attention to how the bass strikes your given bait color. If you catch a bass and it has the rear hooks in its mouth or possibly is not even hooked in the mouth then this may be the wrong color. Now change to a dif- ferent color bait and start catching them with the front hooks in their mouth or even the entire bait “choked” and you have the right color. More times than not when you are missing sh or not hooking them prop- erly, they are not entirely interested in your color choice but changing to an alternate color totally changes the game. So whenever you’re heading to a new or unfamiliar lake, do some homework (preparation), then select your baits ac- cordingly (foresight), and see if you don’t put more bass in the boat. Until next time… I will see you on the water! BWU

DelVisco’s search baits include Rapala Crankin' Rap CRR03 and CRR05 (square lipped baits) and Crankin' Rap CRR08 (round lip).

stumps and to further dissect this pattern, the better quality sh were located on the deeper stumps. This same example can trans- late into many different patterns and situations and always pay close attention to where and how you are catching bass and try and duplicate it in other similar areas of the creek or bay. This is not always as simple as I made it sound and many times you really need to generate strikes from negative bass once again bringing me back to the effectiveness of the crankbait. Crankbaits have an inherent quality of reacting to cover in ways that will make a bass strike. Erratic wobble combined with noise, ash and de ection give the crankbait unsurpassed qualities of generating strikes from sh, many times when they are not hungry but merely reacting out of re ex or instinct. This instinct can be exploited by not only de ection but also casting angles. When I get keyed in on what type of cover the bass are located on, I will always work different casting angles into my presentation. For example if the bass are positioned facing deeper water and I make my initial cast so the crankbait runs parallel to the outside of the stump and do not get a bite, I move around the stump casting at different angles and eventually get to where I can cast from the shallow end of the stump to the deeper so that now the bait runs beside the bass and not directly in front of its face causing the bass to have a much more instinctive re ex over the crankbait and now I get bit. One slight little adaptation has now caused me to start catching sh further developing my pattern within the pattern.

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Surely we are all guilty of having so many colors of different baits it makes our head spin. Geographically and from lake to lake certain colors prevail but day in and day out you need to have a few staple colors to get you through the day. The three main color patterns to have are natural shads, bright chartreuses and dark black reds. I select one of these based on water color and forage. If the water is clear to stained shad patterns work well. If the wa- ter is stained to slightly dirty chartreuse colors t the bill, and if the water is dirty to muddy reds prevail. That’ is a basic guideline

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