Avoid the forks

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fallen tree for bass fishing

Another tip relative to laydowns is to try to always fish with the grain of a tree. This means that if a tree fell from the bank straight out to deeper water, position your boat in the deeper water and make your cast up to the base of the tree. Don’t do the opposite if possible.

Don’t throw to the end of the tree and fish your bait back up towards the base.

This will help you avoid getting your bait snagged in the fork of a tree, which is another notoriously sticky spot for soft plastics and hard baits alike. And again, it has to do a lot with your line. You line will naturally funnel down into the “V” of the fork of a tree and when your bait tries to make its way through, it’s a perfect snagging opportunity.