Most springtime bass fisherman beat the bank but the biggest schools of the biggest fish are often relating to prime structure just off the bank in anticipation for the spawn. We’re coining it the nearshore-prespawn pattern, and as Swindle explains, they’re tougher to find but often heavily consolidated and readily biting.

GMAN teaches us how to read the bank for habitat cues, then carry that interpretation to what your electronics are showing you below the boat. Depth changes coupled with rock and wood can pile them up big time. Swindle is quick to reach for a tight-wobbling balsa crankbait like the DT 6 and 10. They allow you to cover water quickly while the subtle action triggers bites from the more tentative cool-water bass.

-Rapala DT Series Crankbait:
-Humminbird ONIX 10, replaced with Humminbird SOLIX Sonar:
-Humminbird LakeMaster Midsouth States PLUS V3:
-Quantum Smoke S3 Casting Reel, 6.1:1:
-Quantum Smoke S3 Casting Rod: