Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Summer 2014, Page 11

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Summer 2014, Page 11

to throw it is even more vital. For Allen, he looks at the type of forage that bass in the lake would be feeding on, and makes his decisions based on that first.

“They will work in a lot of different conditions, but I have my times for when they are most effective,” he said. “In my experience, bass attack trout most when conditions are bright and sunny, and they feed heavily on shad most in low light and choppy conditions.”

With that in mind, Allen tends to throw glide baits on trout lakes when the conditions are calm and clear most frequently, and when he is fishing a lake with baitfish as the primary forage, he prefers wind and overcast skies.


His suggestionfor choosingspotstolookforthe rightkindof fishis,well, it’sobvious. “Ilookfor the best looking pointorpieceofcover,”hesaid.“Thebiggest bassselectsthebiggest, bestpieceofcoverorstructure in thearea toliveon.That’swhereIbegin mysearch.”

On baitfish lakes that means he looks around cover. He searches grass beds, laydowns and docks


that present the best hiding places for giant bass. On trout lakes, it means finding the best looking points and targeting them with the lures.


Like most other considerations, Allen selects his lures based on the forage and the conditions. He carries glide baits in three different categories; small, medium and large. Because he is a trophy hunter who tends to fish jumbo sized lures, his small bait might be considered fairly large for many anglers. His selection begins with the 6-3/4 inch Waver 168. He chooses this lure when he is fishing on baitfish lakes or when the lake is highly pressured.

His main choice is the SWaver 200, a bulkier glide bait that measures right at eight inches. He uses this as his primary lure for fish in the three to 10 pound class, and when bass as