How to fish pads

Efficiency, time-management; these are the constant considerations driving Kyle Monti’s decisions. Whether he’s guiding on Lake Okeechobee or competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series, the Florida pro knows he can often find what he’s looking for in and around pads. The key, Monti said, is recognizing what various types of pads offer and how to leverage their potential.

“Depending on what lake you’re on, there’s always some type of pads available,” he said. “But depending on what type of pads you have would determine what time of year you’d want to target them.”

Pads present a topic broader than we can cover in one sitting. But over the years, Monti has refined his pad perspective and he shares some of that wisdom here.