We’ve talked about repeated casts a lot in prior articles but they’re even more important when you’re a co-angler. Like I mentioned earlier, it can be pretty frustrating from the back deck. Sometimes you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere while your buddy is getting all sorts of great casting angles on the juice. While you’re waiting for your next good casting angle, however, it’s important to remember the importance of repeated casts.
Winter bass tend to get pretty tight to cover, especially with all of the rains and muddy water. This makes ’em fairly predictable to locate but they’re still tough to catch due to the cold water and their slowed metabolism. I’ve learned through the years, however, that you can make these bass bite but it’s not out of hunger. You essentially have to tick them off enough to swat at your lure.
So if your buddy is flipping a dock or something, pick up a moving bait (crankbait, spinnerbait or ChatterBait) and run it down the outside edge of the dock several times in a row. If you don’t get a bite for the first few casts, don’t be discouraged. There could very well be a 5-pounder sitting on one of those dock posts just watching your lure buzz by its face. Sometimes it can take 8 or 10 casts to irritate that fish enough to make it bite.
I’d honestly say that the majority of my biggest bass have been caught as a result of this stubborn approach. Of course, it’s not guaranteed on every single piece of cover, but if your gut is telling you there’s a fish on a certain piece of cover, you need to listen to it. Your gut will rarely lead you astray in bass fishing.