Day on the lake: Brett Preuett

If you haven’t heard the name Brett Preuett in your bass fishing circles, be patient. This 26-year-old young gun is still fresh to the Bassmaster Elite Series, but is making big waves. He qualified for the big leagues in his first attempt fishing the Bassmaster Opens in 2015.

Here, Preuett faces one of the toughest challenges in bass fishing. His Day On The Lake coincided with the arrival of a killer spring cold front. It wasn’t post-cold front, but instead a cold front hitting within hours of launching his boat. The water temperatures indicated that spawning activity could be possible, but the drop in air temperature and increased north wind had something to say about that.

What follows will provide anglers with a solid foundation of bait and presentation options if faced with the similar unfortunate timing.

6:28 a.m. We arrive at Lake B. Preuett arranges an ­arsenal of custom-wrapped MHX rods equipped with Shimano reels on his boat’s front deck. “The spring weather in this region has been crazy — 80 degrees and sunny one day, 40 and raining the next. It’s supposed to get up to 60 later today, but it’s darn cold this morning.”

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6:45 a.m. We launch the Nitro. Preuett immediately lowers his trolling motor and starts casting a 3/8-ounce black Treeshaker Tackle buzzbait to a nearby undercut bank. “The water here is 58 degrees and the clarity looks decent. If there are any bass on spawning beds, I should be able to see them once the sun gets higher.”

6:48 a.m. He flips a 6-inch junebug Creme lizard to a submerged brushpile, hangs it in the cover and ­retrieves it.

6:56 a.m. Preuett idles straight across the lake toward a bank studded with laydown wood cover. “This lake has tons of wood in it. The challenge will be to figure out which wood the fish are on. Or, they may be ­suspending off the bank and not in cover at all. The quicker I figure all this out, the better.”

7:03 a.m. Preuett tries the buzzbait around shoreline wood cover.

7:07 a.m. Preuett switches to a black and white River2Sea Whopper Plopper topwater plug. “This noisy lure has been all the rage on the Elite Series trail. The tail section has a fin that spins around and creates ­surface commotion during the retrieve.”

7:09 a.m. Preuett flips a brown craw 3/8-ounce Treeshaker jig with a watermelon Creme craw trailer to a tangle of submerged tree limbs.

7:11 a.m. He skips a bluegill Spro Poppin’ Frog ­beneath overhanging branches. “You can skip a frog into tight, snaggy places where you could never get a buzzbait.”

7:14 a.m. Preuett ties on a pearl 7-inch Creme Reel Scremer swimbait rigged on a belly-weighted hook with a small spinner blade attached. “This is a prototype lure that’ll catch monster bass.” He slow rolls it across sunken tree limbs.