Darold Gleason traded a steady career as a school teacher and basketball coach for that of a full-time fishing guide on Toledo Bend Reservoir.
He’s caught eight bass over 10 pounds from the famous reservoir, does very well as a Bassmaster Open competitor and hauled a 20-pound limit from the depths of Kentucky Lake on day one of BASSfest to sit in 19th place among the best pros in the world.
Soon after weighing-in, Gleason graciously taught a fast lesson in three essential things all anglers should consider to locate and catch largemouth in the post-spawn phase of early summer.
Take advantage of technology
“I use Down Imaging to locate the bass, which generally appear in groups of 5, 10, up to roughly 25 or 30 white dots near the bottom on a contour break or depth change,” Gleason said. “The Side Imaging portion of my sonar allows me to take a closer look at the sides of those depth changes to better understand how the bass are relating in detail to that spot.”
Boat position is critical
“You have to figure out exactly where to sit your boat in order to make a cast that will allow your lure to intersect the fish you’re seeing on sonar,” Gleason said. “The angle and distance of every cast you make needs to intersect that school of bass, or you’re obviously wasting your time.”
3 lures to utilize
“I’ll start with a 6th Sense Crush 500DD crankbait that will run 20 feet deep on 10-pound fluorocarbon,” Gleason said. “Then I’ll pick up a 3/4-ounce V&M Pacemaker Flatline Football Jig in green craw to clean up the less aggressive fish in the area. If things get tough, however, and that school of bass is sticking their lip out at you—you’d better have a 1/4-ounce drop shot rigged up with a watermelon candy-colored V&M Trickster Worm.”