Confidence will help you when it is 1 o’clock and you don’t have a fish in the live and you are still as sharp as you were the first cast of the day. Confidence tells you that you are still going to bring your limit in at the 3 o’clock weigh-in. This is difficult to master. It was only a few years ago that I finally mastered this approach. Since then I have won and placed high in tournaments that I didn’t have a fish at 1 o’clock and still came in with a limit. You never give up and you always fish every second of the event you are in.
When fishing a top water rat or mouse try putting a rattle or two inside. This will give it a lot more sound and a little more weight for casting. You can even add split shot to it if more weight is needed for longer casts while bass fishing.
A great technique for monster is bass is ticking the grass with a Rat-L-Trap. To prevent the lure from hanging in the grass, down size the front treble hook one size from its original. This will help prevent grabbing the weeds, allowing you a weedless retrieve all the way back to the boat
Spinnerbaits and smallmouth bass go hand in hand, there is nothing like burning a spinnerbait just under the water and a 4-pound smallmouth coming up and crushing it. Burning spinnerbaits is a great technique on lake Erie smallmouth. Speed is the key to catching big smallmouth, you can’t reel a spinnerbait to fast for a smallmouth to chase it down and eat it. You have to reel pretty fast so the bass does not get a real good look at it. I also think it is the speed that makes the smallmouth want to chase it and take the lure. With this technique you can fish it in 5 foot of water or 15 foot of water.