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What baits to throw more and less of

Photo by Steve Bowman

The adage “Start early and stay late” doesn’t apply to Bassmaster Elite Series tournament days. Competitors are held to strict takeoff and check-in times, which leads to some difficult decisions. Do you head to distant waters you’ll have to yourself, or do you stay close and maximize your time with a lure in the water? Do you fish fast and cover water, or milk a spot and wait for the bass to turn on?