Zaldain married to mats

Bassmaster Elite veteran Chris Zaldain knows that cold fronts drive bass to cover and he’s not flinching from this truth as he’s committed his morning to working thick mixtures of spatterdock and pennywort.

Punching a 4-inch Magabass Bottle Shrimp on a 5/0 wide gap hook with a 1-ounce weight, Zaldain’s keeping an unweighted Senko handy for follow up presentations in open patches amid the mat.

“On the low tide, I’m fishing corners, points and little islands (isolated mat clumps),” Zaldain said. “As the tide comes up, they’ll move way back inside. This is Mat Fishing 101.”