Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2016, Page 67

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2016, Page 67


amie Colson’s words ring true on many

levels, but in the context of which they

were said, even more so.

The setting was Lake Barkley a few years back. He and I were fishing a main-lake

flat when an oil slick of bait came cruising down

the lake. The surface of the water looked like it

was under aerial assault, with frothy explosions

of bass busting shad at the surface for hundreds

of yards. We cast everything we could think of -

spinnerbaits, topwaters, rattle baits, crankbaits.

Thirty minutes later, the school had continued

on down the ledge, the trail of surface eruptions

visible for another 15 minutes. We were left

with parting gifts of two bass and plenty of


That’s when Colson uttered his words of wisdom.

We’ve all been told that when you find the bait,

you’ll find the bass. However, if given the choice, a

bass is going to eat a live shad over a lure almost

every time, especially when the bass is surrounded

by millions of live shad.

So what do you do when there’s too much

steak in the water? It’s a question that vexes almost

every angler, both professional and amateur. It’s

also a question with no definitive answer. Nothing

is set in stone, but experimenting with the various

approaches they suggest might help you turn a bad

situation into some of the best fishing you’ve ever



Making things more frustrating about the experience with Colson was only a couple weeks earlier, I’d experienced a completely opposite reaction from a similar situation.

A massive school of bait had crashed into a creek arm on Kentucky Lake, completely blacking out the electronics with shad and diagonal lines. We quickly dialed in that the bass would eat one particular crankbait we all happened to have, and for the next hour every cast produced a fish for all three of us, leaving us giggling and fighting over the pliers.

FALL 2016