Bass will most often utilize the deepest, darkest shade in an area. For this reason, it’s imperative to learn the art of skipping soft-plastic baits into tight spaces. While casting gear works best for more experienced anglers and heavier baits (3/8-ounce and heavier), spinning gear allows anglers to skip very lightweight baits into small, shady areas likely to hold big bass. Whether you’re using weightless soft jerkbaits, floating worms or stick worms, this is a skill worth learning.
In addition to explaining his technique, Walker also carefully profiles his preferred gear. A 7-foot, medium-action spinning rod is an excellent starting point for anyone new to the technique due to its soft tip, while 6- or 8-pound test line proves easiest to manage when making these complex casts.