Stubborn pitching to ends of laydowns

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fallen tree in water

My eyes were opened to this pattern/technique five years ago when I caught a 13.14-pound bass out of a pond. Of course, this was my personal-best bass and I almost passed out when it happened, but once I calmed down and started evaluating everything after the fact, something clicked in my head and I was able to replicate the same principles on larger fisheries as well. Without boring you with a detailed story, I’ll very quickly tell you what happened.

I wasn’t catching anything that afternoon but my buddy, whose family owns the pond, walked down to talk to me. We were talking about deer hunting and I was mindlessly pitching a Baby Brush Hog to the end of a laydown; I guess it was more casting practice than anything else. I probably pitched that bait to the same exact spot 30 times and that’s no exaggeration. Finally, that big one bit and the fight was on.

Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time in the spring targeting the ends of laydowns. I tend to think that some of the largest female bass don’t always move up into a foot or two of water during the spring; I’ve caught a lot of big spring bass on the ends of laydowns in 6 to 8 feet of water as well. I don’t know if it’s the fishing pressure that gets to ‘em in that shallow water or they just simply prefer the perceived security of adjacent deep water, but I’m telling you, big ones love to get on the ends of laydowns this time of year. If you can find a fallen tree in some type of short pocket near the main lake, you’re in business.

It’s important to note, however, that you’ll rarely catch these bass on the first pitch. If something looks good to you and your gut is telling you it’s a perfect spot for a biggun to be, slow down, take your time and make a bunch of pitches at it. Stubbornness isn’t always a good thing in fishing, but in this particular instance, it can be a huge advantage.