Glenn: Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today I’m with Ott DeFoe here at the BassMaster Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee. I got a quick question for you. Actually, it’s not my question, it’s peoplethat come to our site that are always askingfor advice either on the forums or they’reemailing us, questions on Instagram. Lot of people are new the sport and they ask,just basically, “What do I use to catch bass?”Like, it’s kind of an open question. But how would you answer that question?Ott: For me, you know, that’s a very, veryopen question and you look at how diverseour whole country is and what works in differentareas and what doesn’t. But my favorite thing all around the countryis probably a Crane Bait, it’s something thatI can use that I can fish fairly quickly,I can cover water with, and I can find fishthat are typically fairly active. So you know, I’m gonna use some type of aCrane Bait, shallow runner in some places,deep runner in some places, a medium diverin others. But I love a Crane Bait and just the factthat I can throw it out and I reel it backin, and I throw it out and I reel it backin, and I throw it out and I reel it backin. That’s what I like about a Crane Bait is thatI’m able to cover water with it to fish newplaces. And more times than not, you can find a fishthat will bite a Crane Bait. Glenn: There’s no specialty rigging or specialway to retrieve it, it’s just pretty simple. Ott: That’s right. Throw it out and bring it back. Yeah. Glenn: I like that. That’s great. Gerald Swindle: I think one of the thingsyou can always use to catch fish is a plasticworm. You can take a rubber worm, whether it’s aZoom Trick Worm or Zoom Finesse Worm, andrig it on a 12-pound line, a light sinker,and cast it to cover, with like a four aughtsmall shank hook and, dude, you’re gonna getbites. You know, you can’t hardly go wrong if you’rejust learning to fish, tie on a plastic worm,Texas rig, and just ease around and cast atwood, cast at cover, you’re gonna get bites. Glenn: This is a universal rig for everything?Gerald: It’s a universal, just a plain oldplastic Texas rig worm will get you bites. Glenn: Don’t over think it. Gerald: Do not overthink it. Just cast, let it go to the bottom. Kind of use your imagination, picture yourselfas the worm, letting it fall down in the cover,fish it, and the slower you fish it the better. Kevin VanDam: Well, you know, there’s so manydifferent lures that you can use to catchbass. But one thing I can tell people, especiallybeginning fishermen, is bass in general arevery cover or target oriented. They like to hang around, you know, structurelike a, you know, tree, or dock, or clumpof grass, or lily pads, or a stump, or somethinglike that. So being able to make a really good accuratecast with a soft presentation is probablysome of the best advice that I can give youto catch more of them. So if I can pitch my lure over to where abass is sitting and not have them spook fromthe splash of it and land right target tothem, you know, in front of them, a lot oftimes they’ll react to it. So working on your casting accuracy is a greatthing to do to catch more bass and it’s somethingyou can do. Like, if you live in Michigan like I do, whenI was a kid, that’s what I would do is sitin the living room or the basement and practicecasting at little buckets or a paper plateor something like that just to make thosegood, accurate casts. Glenn: Very simple question. What do I use to catch bass?Brandon Palaniuk: Now, see, that’s like oneof the most broad questions you could askin fishing. And I don’t know that anyone has enough patienceto sit here and listen to me explain all theanswers that could go into that question. Glenn: Let’s do the cliff note version. Brandon: So I would say, like, number onething you can do is research on BassResource. com,right?There’s ton of information that you can gather. So usually when people ask that question,they haven’t done the research to find thoseanswers. And to go when you start to do your research,I would try to narrow it down to the typeof body of water that you’re fishing. Is it a river, a highland reservoir, a naturallake?What are the current conditions?Is it muddy?Is it clear water?You know, try to narrow all of those thingsthat Mother Nature can change, all those conditionsand variables, and use that in your researchto figure out what you should use to catchfish. Because all of those conditions are goingto adjust what you throw. So I could go on and on about all those differentvariables because there’s so many combinations,but really it’s, like, the best thing to dois there’s so much information out there isjust to go and research the style of bodyof water. It doesn’t have to be that exact body of waterbut just those similar conditions to allowyou to figure out what’s the best things touse at certain times until it just becomessecond nature to you. Glenn: It’s kind of like when you’re planningto go on vacation. You do your research first, kind of like whatyou want to do before you get there. Brandon: Exactly. Exactly. It’s like if you go to Subway and you’re orderinga sandwich, you’ve done it enough times aftera while that you know when you walk in therewhat you’re gonna. . . you’re gonna pull up tothe line, you’re gonna order this type ofbread, you’re gonna order this type of cheeseand meat and so on and so forth. Glenn: Turkey or chicken. Brandon: Yeah. Turkey. Till you get to what you want at the end. But before, if you’ve never been there, youwalk in, you don’t really know what to do,you don’t know what you’d like or combinations. And so, the more research you do, the moreknowledge you have and you’re able to useto figure that out. So that’s my best advice without going intoa super long conversation of every singlebait you should use for every single condition. Glenn: Makes sense. Thank you so much. I appreciate that. Edwin Evers: I try to keep it simple. If you really think about it, it’s gonna bea little long-winded question, but think aboutit. Bass eat three things. They eat shad, they eat blue gills, and theyeat crawdads, okay?And when you go into a Bass Pro store andthousands and thousands of lures, and you’retrying to pick out a lure, remember thosethree things, you know. A shad’s gonna be a white or chartreuse coloredtype bait, you know. A crawdad’s gonna be a brown or a dark-coloredtype bait. A bluegill’s gonna be a chartreuse-coloredtype bait. And if you break it down a little bit more,you know, shad could be really the main dietsummer to fall, crawdads could be the maindiet winter to spring, you know, bluegillsright there in the summer especially aroundthe bluegill spawn. So it’s not more about, you know, this particularbait that costs $22 or this one that costs$3. It’s more about, “Hey, what do you think thosebass are eating in the body of water you’regoing to?”Now, maybe if my beginner fisherman that we’retalking to here is fishing in a pond, takethose three equations, take that shad equationout. Now you’re just dealing with bluegills andcrawdads. You might throw a frog in there because yougot, you know, but 90% of all the bass, theyeat those three things no matter where you’reat, a river, a lake, a pond. So keep that in mind when you’re choosinga lure. That’s what they eat, you know. And I’ve always said that the wrong bait inthe right place will catch them. So you know, a couple of baits that you’vegot confidence in, put them on, cover a lotof water, and eventually you’re gonna runinto them. Keith Poche: Yeah. You know, I mean, we fish with a lot of differentthings. And at the end of the day, we have to go withwhat we feel confident in and what we feellike we excel at. You know, an angler has to figure that out. But to bring things to a simplified form,you know, you take just like a regular, likea soft plastic worm. I like The General, it’s a Berkley product,it’s a soft plastic stick bait. That bait has been catching fish for many,many years. It’s easy to fish. You can fish it weightless with just a hookor you can put it on a shaky head, you canput it with a little small bullet weight,and just cast it around. That bait is a fish-catching machine. It’s a small profile, it’s a finesse-typetechnique, so anything to that effect, youknow, just a straight worm. The Hit Worm is a great worm. You know, to start out just to catch fish,not getting into the hard baits yet, I think,is the real deal. Because the hard baits is a different levelin my opinion. It took me a while to learn hard baits toreally dial them in and know how to fish themand where to fish them. But plastics, you can throw them anywhere,they’re weedless, they catch a ton of fishand. . . yeah. I mean, that’s what I would suggest for abeginner to learn how to really get a confidencein how to catch fish and where to catch fish. But, you know, there’s a ton of differentbaits, and you can spend all your baits. But fishing those, you know, small worms willget you a lot of bites and some big bitesas well. And you know, at one of my recent events,I was throwing The General on a shaky headand I finished 12th at the Bass Pro Tour,and it was a great event. I caught pretty much 95% of my fish on thatlittle old, you know, straight, do nothingworm. It’s just a bait that’s been catching fishfor many years and it’s proven to work, andI suggest that for anybody that’s wantingto go out and have a good time and catch alot of fish. Chris Zaldain: Yeah. You know, I always say, man, you could getthe job done, you know, whatever that jobmay be, catching a five-pounder, just a bite. Always something you could wind, like a spinnerbait or a crank bait, and something you couldfish real slow, like a jig or a worm. So with that kind of one-two punch and stickingaround high percentage areas like main lakepoints, like secondary points, you can’t gowrong. So pick you a nice half-ounce chartreuse andwhite spinnerbait. I like the Santone spinnerbaits, Santone jig,something you could work on the bottom. And you know, stick to those points. I think that’s about as basic as you couldget. There’s always fish. I don’t care if they’re spawning, I don’tcare if it’s the dead of winter, there arealways fish on main lake points no matterwhat lake you’re on.