Bass are structure related creatures. If you can't seem
to find the fish, do what we do - pretend you ARE the fish! Look carefully at your surroundings. What structures
do you see? Search for wood, grass, vegetation, rock, corners, bridges,
pilings, creek channels, points and docks. All of these are wonderful
places to hunt for the big one. If you were a bass, where would you like
to hide behind in anticipation of your next easy meal?
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When feeding, fish face into the current but like to
hide behind a structure to break the current. This way they can look for
their next meal without having to swim as hard. A bass likes to wait in
ambush - when a baitfish swims by he will dart out, grab his meal and
swim back to cover. Find your structure and fish into the same current,
whether it is tidal (in and out) or it flows (such as in the mountains,
moving the same direction all the time.)
When the wind is blowing, plankton are carried toward
the bank or cover, with the food chain following not far behind. Use this
to your advantage, looking for
against the windy bank. You will find bass where the baitfish are.
Remember, bass are predatory and strike abnormal patterns. Try changing the
speed and sound of your lure, or bounce it off of a structure.