Saw an interesting post on the Strike King site the other day about a few things Kevin VanDam has learned from the pros. Kind of cool to read â€“ funny to picture KVD sitting in the audience at a bass fishing seminar….
Anyhow, here’s what he said about what he learned from Rick Clunn:
From Rick Clunn, I learned how to thoroughly fish a spot and make bass bite. Clunn showed me that if you believed a bass was in a bush, on points or around some type of structure, then you should work that piece of structure from both the shallow side to the deep side of the structure into shallow water.
If you still didn’t get a bite, Clunn suggested that you change lures and continue to work that spot until you believed a bass wasn’t there or until you made the bass bite your lure.
…made the bass bite your lure.
That’s the truth, isn’t it. So many of the top pros do it. We all think they find fish no one else does, and to some extent that’s true (Clunn in particular). But as this year’s Classic showed so well, sometimes the top guys (KVD, Martens), just make them bite.
I’m reminded of an old story about Roland Martin, when he was guiding. He told a client that a bass was on a piece of structure and to cast at it. After a couple casts and then a couple more at Roland’s urging, the guy gave up.
Roland picked up a rod, and cast 30 times at that structure â€“ and made that fish bite. (I believe the lure was a buzzbait.)
Have you done that? I have â€“ sort of, but not really. Not all at once. Meaning I’ll hit a spot where I know there are fish, leave if they’re not biting, then come back to it later. Not the same thing as making those suckers bite when I’m there.