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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