How To Find Bass In Shallow Cover

Have you bass moved shallow? Are they in the trees,  pads, or grass? Here is everything you need to know to find them quickly so you can build patterns more efficiently and start catching more fish. 

Step 1) Identify the edges of the cover. Whether your cover is 20 feet across or 2 miles across, you need to start your search on the edges. 

Step 2) Move to the very center and determine if the fish are spread evenly throughout the cover or if they're only in select locations. 

Step 3) Seek out the anomalies like points, creek channels, different types of grass or trees that stand out from the rest, etc. 

Step 4) Repeat the process in similar locations until you have an effective pattern that can be duplicated. 

What baits do we use to quickly pick apart cover? We start with fast moving baits then slow down and pick the cover apart. Below is a break down of our confidence baits for locating early season fish in this cover.

Reaction Baits...
1/2 oz California Swim Jig:
1/2 oz Bling Spinnerbait:
1/2 oz JackHammer Chatterbait:
Keitech 4.8" Swing Impact Swimbait:
S-Waver 168:

Slow Moving Baits to Dissect the area...
1/2 oz Pitchin Jig:
1/2 oz Tungsten Flippin' Weight:
Yamamoto Senko 5"-6":
Jackall Archelon:
Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig:
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:

Our Favorite Heavy Cover Flippin' Combo...
Rod- Expride 7'11" Heavy:
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 ratio:
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832:

Budget Friendly Flippin' Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7'3" Mag Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro Braided:

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FISHING FAIL and it happened in a tournament! Not weighing in anything at all would have been better than this mess! Weighing an entire 5 bass limit for less than 5 lbs was a really sobering experience. 

Thanks for listening to this embarassing story. Its all in good fun, we've all had those tough days we don't forget but that's what keeps us coming back for more. Don't let my experience deter you, Collins Lake is an awesome fishery! Here is the link to Tim telling the story of his 15 lber:

What was this big one in the video caught on? Here's the gear....

Lucky Craft RTO Squarebill 2.5:
Gamakatsu Size 2 EWG Treble Hooks:
Sunline Assassin 12 lb Fluorocarbon:
GLoomis 845 CBR Crankbait Rod:
Shimano Curado 70 in 7:1 Ratio:

Gear From The Story...

Finesse Jig:
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:
Split Shot:
Gamakatsu EWG Size 2:
4" Magic Worm (Discountinued)
Modern Replacement- Roboworm 4.5":

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Here's what we wear...
Sun Mask:
Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:

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Tim's Most Painful Big Bass FAIL | Brutal Story!

Tim was set to have the best day ever! He was getting giant bites, it was his 30th birthday, and all his friends had come to weigh-in to watch him win... that's when it all started going sideways. 

Only on Clearlake do you weigh in 3rd big fish of a tournament with a 7 lber and feel like a complete failure! Tim had a truly epic day but it could have been so much better! 

Losing a double digit hurts, it hurts BAD. Losing a 10 lber in a tournament is so much worse! We share these stories because you guys ask for them but it wouldn't hurt our feelings if you started asking for stories about fish that went right. Ha!

Leave a comment and let us know what you want to hear about next.

The Infamous Lures...
10XD Crankbait:
7" MS Slammer Wakebait:

The Infamous Gear...
Rod- Dobyns 806H:
Reel- Calcutta 400B:
Line- 80 lb Power Pro:

Best Replacement Split Rings:
Best Replacement Treble Hooks:

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How To Win A Tournament | Don't Do What We Did!!

Do you fish tournaments? Ever lose a MONSTER BASS when it counted? We lost a GIANT during this tournament and it cost us the win! We still got 2nd but let's face it, no one remembers 2nd place. 

This tournament was such a mixed bag of emotions. On the one hand we made excellent decisions and adapted to changing conditions, resulting in the biggest bag of the tournament. On the other hand, we lost the fish that would have easily taken the win. Its easy to look back now and see where we could have adapted but in the moment those split second decisions were the difference between winning and losing. 

We hope you guys continue to enjoy these "story videos". If you do, let us know in the comments and we'll continue to include them on a regular basis. 

What were we using? 

Gan Craft Jointed Claw 230 Glide Bait:
ST-56 Treble Hooks:
Hyperwire Size 5 Split Rings:

Biggie Poppa Squarebill Crankbait:

Alabama Rig:
Matt Allen Swimbait Heads:
Keitech 4.8 Swimbaits:

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Aftco Samurai Sun Hoodie:
Sun Mask (that actually breathes):