Frog Tweaks For More Bass By Scott M. Petersen, Page 5

Frog Tweaks For More Bass
By Scott M. Petersen, Page 5

Summer 2021

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By Marc Marcantonio


sk any expert to explain their key to success, and

they will likely point to paying attention to detail.

Big bass do not get big by being reckless. Before they open their mouth to eat, they instinctively evaluate

their prey to ensure details match a pleasant previous

experience. Realism matters.

Bass utilize multiple senses to determine if an object is

something they should eat or reject.

Whenever visibility allows bass to see prey from a

distance, sight becomes the primary sense relied upon

to commit. Therefore “Matching the hatch” is especially

important when fishing in water that is aquarium-clear.

Swimbait specialists understand this, and make a

science of precisely duplicating the action, appearance,

sound, and even the amount of water displacement in the

lures they use. The closer a lure matches real forage, the

more likely the lure will trigger a strike.


Lures that work well in muddy or colored water appeal to the lateral line sense of a bass. A bass’ lateral line

contains many nerve endings that detect vibrations in the water.

Water displacement from the shape and size of prey, as well as movement of fins and body, produces vibrations bass expect from their prey, and feel with their lateral line even when they do not see the prey.

Lures that are effective under low visibility conditions are often ignored in clear water typical of reservoirs and oligotrophic waters – unless they also look realistic.

This brings up the age-old conundrum of why any bass would eat a contraption like a buzzbait?

What hatch do you match with a bunch of wire and metal that looks more like a wind turbine generator than a fishing lure?

For answers I turned to the master of buzzbaits, Larry Elshere of Ojai, California.


Anyone who has fished a tournament on Lake Casitas, or the surrounding area knows legendary Larry, his daughter Michelle, and late-son Eric Elshere.