When it comes to thinking "outside the box," Bassmaster Elite Series anglers are on the cutting edge. Always looking for a competitive advantage, many pros spend hours cutting, melting, splicing and combining popular baits in an effort to discover a new way to put more bass in the boat.
While trolling down the bank, Monroe will often pass his boat directly over a bed containing a spawning bass. If the fish remains on the bed or quickly returns to the bed after his boat passes, he deems the bass worth his attention.
When bass fail to react to a certain bait color, Davis maintains, the cause is often due to prolonged exposure to that particular hue.
For tournament anglers, there are a number of intervening conditions that can turn a good bite sour. Louisiana pro Greg Hackney doesn't sugarcoat it: "Cold, muddy water is by far the worst set of conditions you can fish," he says.
For self-proclaimed topwater junkies like Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle, it's never too early in the year to talk about topwater applications.
Louisiana pro Jeff Connella knows that the ability to locate fish quickly is the primary difference between top-flight Elite Series pros and many of their weekend angler counterparts.
Long before the flipping tube was a staple of shallow water, Shaw Grigsby, was using these mini-squids to take other anglers' entry fees.
The first thing everyone thinks of when you say sight fishing is spawning, says Elite Series pro, Shaw Grigsby. In clear water situations you can sight fish all year long.
With proven results on the Bassmaster Elite Series, many anglers are beginning to rely on swimming a jig to put bass in the boat.
When it comes to finding active bass on large bodies of water, one of the standard mantras often heard from pro anglers is, "If you find the forage, you've found the bass."