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If you fish public water, it’s important to take fishing pressure into account, especially this time of year. The fish have been targeted all summer long and because most anglers gravitate to shoreline cover when they fish, the shallow bass have seen just about everything we have to offer. As I’ve always said, big bass don’t get big by being dumb. They can become conditioned to commonly used lures.

Instead of fixating on the shoreline stuff, consider looking for cover off of the bank. It’s barely messed with by anglers and bass feel safer and and more secure in these areas. I’d suggest taking an afternoon to simply look for secondary cover. Put that trolling motor on high and work parallel to the bank in 6 to 8 feet of water. When you run across something, immediately make a waypoint. By the end of the day, you’ll likely have dozens of areas high-percentage areas marked and ready to fish.

If you don’t have good electronics, don’t worry. I’ve also found some of my most productive secondary cover with a good pair of polarized sunglasses. Essentially, if you see a dark spot in the water, make a mental note to come back later and fish it. It doesn’t matter what it is, either, so don’t get too carried away with it. It can be a stump, rock, old Christmas tree, a branch-anything irregular that will hold a fish. This old-school approach can produce some of your best spots.