Rock is key – no surprise there since upland reservoirs are rocky. But skimming the details for the patterns included in these pattern reports show that bigger rock – specifically chunk rock – seems to be key.
Wood is a big help if you can find it, factoring in nearly 40 percent of wins and high finishes.
The Weights by Month graph for this pattern report shows that weights cluster in the mid- to high teens per day needed to win (Brandon's giant winning margin averaged out to about 19.5 pounds per day), with second- to fifth-place weights in the low teens per day.
Note that that these pattern reports include decades of patterns (many exclusive to BassGold) from local sticks who fish the Central Pro-Am and other local trails. Since those folks know Bull Shoals better than most, BassGold's pattern info and weights should be dead on for the Elite – like they were last year.
But these guys are the best in the world, and often find different ways to win (like Brandon) and catch weights beyond the norm.
BassGold averaged 92 percent accuracy last year across the Classic and Elites, and so far is batting pretty much 1,000 this year. Give it a shot!
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